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.

Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos look to mark their progress against Belgium

Michael Lynch Hindsight is always 20/20, so the World Cup, in retrospect, now looks like the easy part for Ange Postecoglou as he seeks to rebuild the Australian side and make it a major contender for Asian Cup...

Socceroos easily beaten by Belgium in friendly


Michael Lynch World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium eased to a 2-0 victory over a new-look Australian side featuring several players making their first appearances for the national team in an international friendly...

Socceroos show enough in loss to Belgium to give Ange Postecoglou hope for the future

Axel Witsel celebrates scoring the second goal.

Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is adamant that the only way his young players can learn to play at the highest level is by taking on the best they can in friendly internationals.

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Socceroos to take on Saudi Arabia with ambition to add guile to grit

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Michael Lynch The Socceroos will find the going rather easier when they face Saudi Arabia in London.

Premier League players go from zeroes to heroes

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany.

Michael Lynch The English Premier League is set to kick off this weekend and so many of the players scorned for their performances in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are now being lionised and sold to...


Can Liverpool handle the pressure to claim its first EPL title?

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Michael Lynch Just as punters look for horses who have won over a race's course and distance, and therefore give them an extra tick in their assessment, then football fans take comfort if their team is looking to...


Socceroos poised to face Ecuador in World Cup hitout

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (centre) posses with soccer head coach Reinaldo Rueda.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou's World Cup preparations are set to step up a gear.


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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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.


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

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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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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.

A striking career


Michael Lynch Emile Heskey talks about his time in the English Premier League and the England national team, joining the A-League and why he is not a big cricket fan.


Socceroos numbers down in EPL

Mark Schwartzer.

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


Holger Osieck must shake up Socceroos or he'll be shipped out

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Michael Lynch The most positive thing the Socceroos coach will have heard recently is silence.


Osieck resists talk of fresh faces

Holger Osieck.

Michael Lynch Socceroos boss makes it clear he will not be pressured into picking a host of fresh faces for international friendlies.


Osieck opts for Cahill, youngsters

Michael Lynch Holger Osieck has brought midfielder James Holland into the Socceroos squad, kept faith with youngsters Jason Davidson and Ryan McGowan and recalled the now New York-based Tim Cahill for the coming...


Goalkeeper Jones grabs his chance

Brad Jones.

Michael Lynch Brad Jones is a penalty-saving hero poised to line up between the posts at Wembley Stadium this weekend.


Herd joins Socceroos

Chris Herd.

Michael Lynch Holger Osieck's stealthy transformation of the Socceroos continues apace.


Socceroos gear up for friendly against Denmark


Michael Lynch Socceroos due in Copenhagen in ones and twos for weekend friendly against Denmark.


Socceroos beaten but still upbeat

Matthe Spiranovic in action for the Socceroos against Denmark.

Michael Lynch, Copenhagen There was still plenty of optimism in the Socceroo camp as the players took off for Oman following their loss to Denmark in a friendly.