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 handed tough draw in 2015 Asian Cup

Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia must aspire to claim Asian Cup glory in January next year despite being drawn in a challenging group against South Korea, Oman and Kuwait.

Socceroos to face South Korea in Asian Cup blockbuster

Heartbreaker: Japan's Tadanari Lee volleys home the winner against Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during extra-time of the 2011 Asian Cup final.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos will kick off their Asian Cup campaign in the opening match next January against Kuwait, but their biggest test in the group phase will come when they take on Asian heavyweights South...

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Craig Moore to help guide Socceroos at World Cup

Answering the call: Craig Moore.

Michael Lynch So often the most valuable lessons are learnt in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Socceroos can dare to dream in Asian Cup

Asian Cup draw

Michael Lynch While the World Cup will, naturally, be top of Ange Postecoglou's agenda for the next three months or so, the Asian Cup will be running quietly as a background theme.

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

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

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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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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.

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Little to celebrate in Socceroos' triumph

Michael Lynch When the desperate hook up with the dateless, someone usually gets lucky. On Wednesday morning it was Australia's turn.

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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.

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Desperate Socceroos get lucky against Canada

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Michael Lynch Inept and spiritless as the Socceroos have been in conceding 16 goals in their last three internationals, in Canada they came up against a team in even worse shape and morale.

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FFA pondered sacking Holger Osieck as Socceroos stumbled into World Cup

Holger Osieck

Michael Lynch FFA chief executive David Gallop has admitted that the organisation had been looking at axing Holger Osieck as long ago as last June.

Passionate Postecoglou has what the Socceroos need

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Michael Lynch If Ange Postecoglou is set to take over as the new Socceroos coach, what better way for him to finish his time with Melbourne Victory than on Friday night, when his club entertains his former team...

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Postecoglou to be confirmed as Socceroos coach

Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch Postecoglou offered top job as Melbourne Victory board accepts compromise over compensation.

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Postecoglou set to be named by Socceroos

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou is expected to be named Socceroos coach as early as Wednesday.

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Celtic's Tom Rogic may miss Socceroos selection

Celtic's Australian midfielder Tom Rogic (left) trains at the Amsterdam Arena in Amsterdam on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Lack of onfield time may cost Tom Rogic a place at the World Cup.

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Bresciano drama also stings for the Socceroos

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Michael Lynch Qatar's status as a big-money, semi-retirement home for superannuated players makes it popular with former top-level players - but chasing the cash in the resource-rich Middle Eastern state can be...

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Lucas Neill retains Socceroos captaincy

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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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Ange Postecoglou to sort out final 23 Socceroos, then go for it

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch As Ange Postecoglou leads the national team on to the Allianz Stadium turf on Tuesday night he will take a moment to reflect on his personal journey in the game and the level he has reached.

Socceroos: Ange Postecoglou will have his moment, and then the real work starts

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch As Ange Postecoglou leads the national team onto the Allianz Stadium turf on Tuesday night, he will take a moment to reflect and ponder the enormity of his personal journey in the game and the level...

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Ange Postecoglou pleased with Socceroos' performance against Costa Rica

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou acknowledges fans at full time.

Michael Lynch As coaching debuts go, it would have been hard for Ange Postecoglou to top his first night on the Australian bench.