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.
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.
Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.
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.
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.
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...
Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro BY MICHAEL LYNCH
Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.
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.
Michael Lynch Like Spanish star David Villa, England midfielder Frank Lampard will reportedly play for Melbourne City before joining New York City.
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...
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.
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.
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?
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?
Michael Lynch in Salvador Quite rightly, the world's strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.
Michael Lynch One of the interesting things about this World Cup is how little love in the there appears to be for Brazil outside their own country.
Michael Lynch, Porto Alegre, Brazil Fathers and sons are nowadays pretty common in what is becoming an ever more rarefied gene pool in the AFL.
Michael Lynch With 27 goals in its first eight matches, the Brazil World Cup is confounding expectations and making the dreamers smile.
Michael Lynch Alex Wilkinson could fairly be described as the accidental Socceroo, although some, less kindly, have suggested the closest parallel for the former Central Coast Mariners defender and his rapid rise...
Michael Lynch His nickname is Mozart, which is highly appropriate given that he is the orchestrator of the Brisbane Roar side that goes into Sunday's grand final against Western Sydney Wanderers as favourite.