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

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou to track players in Europe as he plans for World and Asian cups

Coach Ange Postecoglou is seeking to replicate the opponents the Socceroos face in the group phase of the World Cup.

Michael Lynch Socceroos likely to have only one warm-up game before taking on Chile.

Soccer

A-League players can take soft options or make hard choices

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Michael Lynch Does life in the A-League make it too easy for too many players to accept their lot?

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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.

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Psst, Mr Postecoglou, here's a young team to carry hope to Rio

Michael Lynch New Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has promised to be bold in his team selection, Michael Lynch predicts his team.

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Ange Postecoglou's first squad offers something old, something new

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Michael Lynch Postecoglou must manage without veteran keeper Schwarzer in his first outing as coach.

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Schwarzer's shoes - and gloves - hard to fill

Mark Schwarzer

Michael Lynch Goalkeeper's consistency, longevity and ability have rightly earned him legendary status.

Soccer

No room for complacency

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Michael Lynch The Socceroos still have much to do, not least is reinvigorating an ageing team.

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Socceroos call in big guns

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Michael Lynch Holger Osieck mixes it up for Australia's clash with South Korea in a friendly.

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Osieck finally takes the plunge and now he needs to take risks

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Michael Lynch Socceroos boss experiments with new faces for a winning result.

Osieck offers a glimpse of the future without stars

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Michael Lynch Necessity is the mother of invention, as Holger Osieck, the Socceroos coach, is fast discovering.

Soccer

New brigade hit by blowback

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Michael Lynch The game of soccer was reformed in Australia a decade ago, but not without casualties.

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Socceroos warm up with '12th man'

Socceroos during training at Bob Jane Stadium.

Michael Lynch Is Australia ready to fall back in love with the Socceroos?

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Socceroos' ageing warriors

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Michael Lynch The sun is setting on Australia's golden generation. The next nine days will determine whether darkness settles on their international careers by mid-June, or the sun sits above the horizon for a...

World Cup

Socceroos know the score to make it to Rio

Australia v Jordan, World Cup Qualifier.

Michael Lynch So how did it come to this? Australia could, by tonight, be virtually out of World Cup calculations. But at least Holger Osieck's men have their destiny in their own hands.

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Socceroos look for wintry advantage

Etihad Stadium.

Michael Lynch Socceroo coach Holger Osieck has found a practical use for Melbourne's infamously cold, showery winter weather, requesting that Etihad Stadium's retractable roof remain open during tonight's crucial...

Soccer

Socceroos facing nemesis in plucky opponent

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Michael Lynch For a country ravaged by war, terror, occupation and religious and sectarian violence, soccer is not the highest priority, other than as a diversion or a morale boost for a public wearied by years of...

Football

It's easy to forget the pain of past failures

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Michael Lynch Such was the ease of the Socceroos' qualifying effort for the 2010 World Cup - Pim Verbeek's squad made it with several games to spare - it's easy to forget that where major tournaments are...

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Socceroos fans can at least dare to dream

Tim Cahill (top) and the Australians celebrate after Lucas Neill of the Socceroos scored a goal during the FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Socceroos and Jordan at Etihad Stadium on June 11, 2013.

Michael Lynch Tuesday night's must-win clash with Iraq in Sydney should hold no terrors.

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Keeper is peaking at right time for World Cup

Eugene Galekovic

Michael Lynch They say goalkeepers are different. Brash, flamboyant, authoritative, a breed apart.

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.