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.

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

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

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How the A-League teams are shaping up

A-League.

Michael Lynch Michael Lynch runs the rule over the clubs in 2013-14 and predicts that Victory coach Ange Postecoglou and his Adelaide counterpart Josep Gombau might be facing off in the finale.

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Weekend to savour for Melbourne teams

Melbourne Victory players celebrate with fans

Michael Lynch Strange to think, after Saturday night's barnstorming win over Sydney FC, that Victory was bottom of the league this time last week.

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

Australia's head coach Ange Postecoglou .

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...

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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.

Socceroos easily beaten by Belgium in friendly

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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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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...

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Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic battles for A-League fitness

Fitness cloud: Western Sydney's Matthew Spiranovic.

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers centre back Matthew Spiranovic, a key man for the Socceroos in the World Cup, is battling to be fit for the start of the new A-League season in October.

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Frank Lampard to join David Villa at Melbourne City

Frank Lampard

Michael Lynch Like Spanish star David Villa, England midfielder Frank Lampard will reportedly play for Melbourne City before joining New York City.

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Michael Lynch The morning after the evening  before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...

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Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

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Australia needs to set itself for long haul

Tim Cahill was one of the key players for the Socceroos in Brazil.

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.

England boss Roy Hodgson tells young players to move abroad

Roy Hodgson has urged England's young players to move abroad.

Michael Lynch As the inquests over England's dismal World Cup failure gather pace, the team's coach, Roy Hodgson, has backed the idea of some of the country's best young players moving overseas to competitive...

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FIFA must bite the biter back - and hard

Michael Lynch When a dog bites a human he is, if lucky, given a warning and one last chance to prove he can rub along with the rest of society. If he's unlucky, he is put down with little discussion on the matter.

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.

Les Bleus ride their luck as coach aims to make history

Michael Lynch in Belo Horizonte Can Didier Deschamps, the French coach, become only the third man in history to both lift the World Cup as a captain and then coach his country to glory?

World Cup provides place in the spotlight for the right reasons

Hard to get past ... Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates the victory over Italy.

Michael Lynch Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?

World Cup goalfest inspires keepers to excel

Michael Lynch in Salvador Quite rightly, the world's strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.