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 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...
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.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will find the going rather easier when they face Saudi Arabia in London.
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...
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, Salvador, Brazil Matthew Spiranovic may have less than 20 caps to his name, but when he runs out to represent Australia against Croatia on Saturday morning (AEST) he will be the veteran of a raw and inexperienced...
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.
Michael Lynch While the South Americans go into the match as clear favourites hope is rising in the Australian camp that they can pull off a surprise start to the tournament.
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.
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...
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.
Michael Lynch England, Japan, America, Australia? The world would seem to be his oyster, if you listen to Socceroo veteran Lucas Neill as he lists the places where interest has been expressed in his services in...
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou's World Cup preparations are set to step up a gear.
Michael Lynch Postecoglou must tighten up his team's defence.
Michael Lynch Australia produce a second half as abject as their first half was excellent.
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.
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...
Michael Lynch Victory captain and coach both excited at prospect of Socceroos giving best teams a bloody nose.
Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.
Michael Lynch Given the strength of the opposition it probably wouldn't have mattered whether Australia was careful in what it wished for or not.