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' 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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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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Muscat, Milligan excited about Socceroos' challenge

Mark Milligan.

Michael Lynch Victory captain and coach both excited at prospect of Socceroos giving best teams a bloody nose.

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

See you in June: Ange Postecoglou and Spain's Vincente del Bosque.

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

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World Cup 2014: Socceroos have plenty to play for in Brazil

Michael Lynch

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.

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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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Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

Holger Osieck and Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.

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Socceroos captain Lucas Neill confident he'll find a new club in January transfer window

Australia's Lucas Neill

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...

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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

Michael Lynch

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.

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Positive signs emerge for Socceroos as bold new era begins in earnest

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

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