Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch, The Age's expert on soccer, has had extensive experience of high level journalism in the UK and Australia. Michael has covered the Socceroos through Asia, Europe and South America in their past three World Cup campaigns. He has also reported on Grands Prix and top class motor sport from Asia and Europe. He has won several national media awards for both sports and industry journalism.

Soccer

Lucas Neill fights against the dying of the light

Michael Lynch Neill's sheer determination to battle on against the odds deserves some sort of recognition.

Soccer

How long can Lucas Neill rage against the dying light?

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Some sportsmen recognise the end is near as their careers draw to a close.

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Lucas Neill retains Socceroos captaincy

Michael Lynch Lucas Neill has retained the Australian captaincy, which comes as something of a surprise given his lack of first-team football and advancing years.

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Lucas Neill is a big boy but did not deserve the boos

Socceroos captain Lucas Neill

Michael Lynch Lucas Neill's brush with the Allianz Stadium boo boys during Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Costa Rica has rather deflected from the overall mood of positivity over Ange Postecoglou's winning debut as...

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Socceroos captain Lucas Neill confident he'll find a new club in January transfer window

Australia's Lucas Neill

Michael Lynch England, Japan, America, Australia? The world would seem to be his oyster, if you listen to Socceroo veteran Lucas Neill as he lists the places where interest has been expressed in his services in...

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My World Cup memories from Johan Cruyff's total football to Fabio Grosso's untimely tumble

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba It seems to be a fact of life that the older you get, not only do your memories become more sepia tinted but your recall of facts and emotions is in inverse proportion to your age.

Defence of the realm a thorny issue for Australia in countdown to the World Cup

The Socceroos.

Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.

Matthew Spiranovic gets his chance to become the main man

Matthew Spiranovic

Michael Lynch, Vitoria, Brazil Its hard to imagine now, given that he has only 17 caps, but Matthew Spiranovic first played for Australia six years ago in a friendly against Ghana in Sydney.

Spiranovic ready for Socceroos leadership role

Michael Lynch, Salvador, Brazil Matthew Spiranovic may have less than 20 caps to his name, but when he runs out to represent Australia against Croatia on Saturday morning (AEST) he will be the veteran of a raw and inexperienced...

Football

Ange Postecoglou has to take chances with youngsters

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea of for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos.

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Socceroos' bizarre Jekyll and Hyde failure

Tom Rogic of Australia battles with Enner Valencia of Ecuador.

Michael Lynch Australia produce a second half as abject as their first half was excellent.

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Socceroo youth move by Ange Postecoglou is not just child's play

Mathew Leckie in action.

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea for the Socceroos.

Soccer

Socceroos beaten 4-3 after leading Ecuador 3-0 at half-time

Michael Lynch Postecoglou must tighten up his team's defence.

Football

Kewell not out of Rio race but Neill at risk

Harry Kewell

Michael Lynch Harry Kewell in the Australia squad for Brazil next year? Don't bet against it.

Soccer

Veterans a dilemma for Osieck

Harry Kewell

Michael Lynch Harry Kewell in the Australian squad for Brazil 2014? Don't bet against it.

Soccer

Palace ups ante in bid for Milligan

Mark Milligan.

Michael Lynch Premier League newcomer understood to have upped bid for Socceroo midfielder to seven figures.

Soccer

Socceroos numbers down in EPL

Mark Schwartzer.

Michael Lynch From an Australian perspective, the Premier League kick-off is hardly worth celebrating

Soccer

Young Duke may face Brazilian kings of world game

Mitchell Duke

Michael Lynch Central Coast Mariners striker Mitchell Duke's meteoric rise continues apace.

Football

Socceroos lesson from Brazil: be afraid, be very afraid

Socceroos lose 6-0 to Brazil

Michael Lynch The Socceroos 6-0 thumping at the hands of Brazil should send a strong message to coach Holger Osieck.

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Socceroos' lesson from Brazil: be afraid, be very afraid

Michael Lynch The Socceroos 6-0 thumping at the hands of Brazil should send a strong message to coach Holger Osieck.