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

Australia needs to set itself for long haul

Michael Lynch Sitting in the Maracana watching the two best international teams in the world it was impossible not to muse, at least momentarily, on how far Australia still has to go.

Pressure cooker Brazil means heat on Selecao as Chile aim to spoil the party

Handling the pressure ... Neymar has scored four times for Brazil at the World Cup.

Michael Lynch In a country of 200 million people,  when every boy grows up wanting to play for the Selecao, there's a special kind of pressure on Brazilian footballers.

Team of the World Cup ... so far

Dom Bossi and Michael Lynch The group phase of the World Cup is over, and half the squads have now departed. Traditionally its time to pick a Team of the Tournament - at least thus far.

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.

World Cup

Socceroos overawed by Chile: Postecoglou

Ange Postecoglou gestures from the sidelines during Australia's loss

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba, Brazil It's one thing showing your opponent respect. That is a professional courtesy and ensures you are unlikely to underestimate them.

Battling Socceroos take heart from Chile loss and look to upset Dutch

Michael Lynch, Cuiaba Australia might have gone down 3-1 to Chile in their opening World Cup qualifying match, but they went down fighting, and coach Ange Postecoglou's men are certain to adopt the same combative attitude...

It's a goalfest in the land of Jogo Bonito - let's hope it continues

Michael Lynch With 27 goals in its first eight matches, the Brazil World Cup is confounding expectations and making the dreamers smile.

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.

Luke Wilkshire left out of final World Cup squad

Wilskshire

Michael Lynch, Vitoria, When the time came to make the ultimate choice it was, in the end, inevitable that Tom Rogic, the injury plagued midfielder, and Josh Kennedy, the striker with the perennial back problem, would miss...

Socceroos don't have a minute to lose as they look to blend the mix for Chile game

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch No one could accuse Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou of gilding the lily after he had watched his side lose 1-0 to Croatia in their final pre-World Cup hit out.

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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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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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

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.

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.