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 Australia could have got off to a better start in their Asian Cup opener on Friday night. But not by much.
Michael Lynch It's hard to cast a member of the Jordanian royal family, given the power, wealth, prestige and influence such a position holds, as a latter-day David.
Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou all smiles after his side eases into Asian Cup reckoning with an opening night blitz of Kuwait.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos got off to a flying start in their Asian Cup opener, defeating Kuwait 4-1 on a rainy night in Melbourne.
Michael Lynch In almost any other league in almost any other country Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic would probably be facing the sack _ if he hadn't been dumped already _ following the Asian champions...
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou has insisted, during the post World Cup makeover of his squad, that he and his team should not be judged on the result of friendly matches in difficult environments but in the Asian...
Michael Lynch The time for talking, promising, planning and predicting is over.
Michael Lynch The story of Nathan Burns is a cautionary tale for young, talented modern footballers.
Michael Lynch Bahrain had a best placed finish of fourth in its five Asian Cup finals appearances, but if it is to emulate that it will have to come through one of the toughest groups just to reach the knockout...
Michael Lynch When you have played 100 times for your country and won some of the biggest trophies in the world, with one of the biggest club teams in the world, your opinion is likely to be given the weight it...
Michael Lynch Changing coaches is a major upheaval for any team, especially on the eve of a big tournament. But Kuwait, Australia's first opponents in the opening fixture of the Asian Cup in Melbourne on Friday...
Michael Lynch Iran has been touted as one of the favourites to go all the way and take out the Asian Cup, but if you listen to coach Carlos Queiroz their chances have been vastly over-rated.
Michael Lynch Tim Cahill might seem ageless, but the Socceroos talisman cannot go on for ever – even if the former Everton man seems determined to do so.
Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and a Victorian government minister evacuated from the venue of the Asian Cup opener.
Michael Lynch Most soccer-loving kids growing up in Australia dream of playing for one of the global giants of the world game, but not Ivan Franjic.
Michael Lynch The Asian Cup is chock-full of players who could be superstar signings for A-League clubs.
Michael Lynch Expect the unexpected when the Socceroos take the field against Kuwait in the Asian Cup opening match at AAMI Park next Friday night.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat offers few excuses for his side's 2-1 loss to league leaders Perth Glory.
Michael Lynch Just after Melbourne City had ground out a 1-1 draw with pace setting Perth Glory on Boxing Day, City's captain Paddy Kisnorbo described the West Australians as similar to a battle hardened side from...