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.

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.

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Archie Thompson hasn't given up on a World Cup berth

Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson is now 35, but he still harbours dreams of going to his second World Cup

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Melbourne Heart signs international defender

Patrick Kisnorbo

Michael Lynch Former Australian international defender Patrick Kisnorbo joins on a one-year deal.

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Ex-Socceroo to add steel to the Heart

Patrick Kisnorbo.

Michael Lynch The 32-year-old defender has put his World Cup disappointment behind him.

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Australia becoming the joke of the soccer world

Holger Osieck.

Michael Lynch The anger and disappointment has gone, to be replaced now by simple disdain, contempt and a measure of pity.

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Focus must turn to Asian Cup

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Second big defeat has come due to a lack of planning and rebuilding.

With this team in tatters, it's time FFA bosses took blame for the mess

Michael Lynch Australia surely must have run out of sackcloth and ashes.

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Failure to build for future rests with FFA board

Michael Lynch Australia must surely now have run out of sackcloth and ashes.

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Ange v Arnie ... and don't forget Tony

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch The race for the job of coaching the Socceroos is down to a trio of locally based coaches.

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Ange the evangelist has faith in Australian game

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Passion, energy, commitment and desire to rebuild make Postecoglou the right choice.

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Socceroos have drawn Spain and other top teams in their World Cup group

See you in June: Ange Postecoglou and Spain's Vincente del Bosque.

Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.

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World Cup 2014: Socceroos have plenty to play for in Brazil

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Given the strength of the opposition it probably wouldn't have mattered whether Australia was careful in what it wished for or not.

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Garcia out to push Socceroo claims

Richard Garcia.

Michael Lynch Richard Garcia has spent half his 30 years living and playing at high-level clubs in England, yet the midfielder remains perhaps one of the least-known players to have pulled on the Socceroo shirt in...

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Socceroos face 'new' challenge

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Michael Lynch The squad for the friendly against Lebanon next week shows Australia is rebuilding slowly.

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No rush on Grella return

In the groove: Fitness is top priority for new Melbourne Heart midfielder Vince Grella.

Michael Lynch Vince Grella getting the lie of the land at his new club's training base at La Trobe University.

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New faces get time to shine

Dino Djulbic celebrates scoring a goal for Gold Coast in February 2011.

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

Osieck offers a glimpse of the future without stars

Michael Lynch

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

Jets fashion a Heart stopper

All Heart: Melbourne talisman Richard Garcia celebrates after scoring the first goal in the draw with Newcastle at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart races to two-goal lead inside five minutes, but ends up splitting points.

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Sun shines on A-League

Graham Arnold

Michael Lynch Richly deserved victory by side that has been the most consistent club for years.

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Mate against mate in dash for Mori's record

Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch Effervescent, exuberant, an essential cog in the Socceroos' scoring armoury, he is a man who produces goals at regular intervals and celebrates in his own inimitable style whenever he does so.

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