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

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

Soccer

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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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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Soccer

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

Lucas Neill fights against the dying of the light

Michael Lynch

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.

Soccer

Lucas Neill retains Socceroos captaincy

Michael Lynch

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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Soccer

Positive signs emerge for Socceroos as bold new era begins in earnest

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

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Good first win for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos but sterner tests await

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou acknowledges fans at full time.

Michael Lynch Australia's 1-0 win over a second-string Costa Rica will prolong the Socceroos feel-good factor - so necessary after the doom and gloom of the end of the Holger Osieck era - and give new coach Ange...

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Soccer

Will the next star Socceroo please stand up?

Adam Taggart made waves with an A-League hat-trick against Melbourne Heart and the young Newcastle Jets striker is definitely one to look out for.

Michael Lynch Australia's golden generation has pretty much run its race.

Football

The soundtrack to our footballing lives ... and death

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Michael Lynch What makes a sport mainstream? Is it the number of people who go to grounds to watch it? The number who play it?

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Soccer

Michael Lynch: When words and deeds in soccer become folklore

 John Aloisi

Michael Lynch When a sport's key moments seep into the national consciousness, it's on its way.

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

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

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

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.