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 Ange Postecoglou looked livid as he trooped into the post match press conference following the Socceroos 2-1 loss to Japan on Tuesday night, and it was hard not to sympathise with his dark mood.
Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is determined that his team should reflect what might be deemed the traditional Australian virtues of toughness, commitment, hard work, energy and pride in the shirt,...
Michael Lynch in Osaka Socceroos defender Jason Davidson may leave his Premier League club on a loan deal in a bid to secure his place in the national team for the Asian Cup in January.
Michael Lynch Emerging Socceroo midfielder Massimo Luongo is optimistic that he will be given a starting role in Tuesday's night big pre-Asian Cup test against Japan in a sold out Nagai Stadium in Osaka.
Michael Lynch Japan's big names won't worry Socceroos skipper Mile Jedinak, who says that while he respects such proven performers, he won't not be overawed by the Blue Samurai.
Michael Lynch Tests in Asian football don't come much tougher than Japan away, the task facing Ange Postecoglou's largely still inexperienced side in front of a sell out crowd in Osaka on Tuesday evening.
Michael Lynch It's almost a year to the day since Ange Postecoglou picked the starting eleven – including by a subsequently discarded captain Lucas Neill – for his first game in charge of the...
Michael Lynch Matt McKay has the grin of someone who cannot quite comprehend his achievement when reminded that if selected – as seems likely – for the match against Japan on Tuesday night he will win...
Michael Lynch Tim Cahill can't make up his mind whether the Asian Cup will be his swansong with the national team.
Michael Lynch Imagine how hard it is for any 21-year-old moving not just out of home but to the other side of the world to take up a new job.
Michael Lynch A striker can go from hero to zero and back again in the blink of an eyelid. Not so a goalkeeper.
Michael Lynch The Central Coast Mariners might be struggling in the A-League, but the NSW club have earned a richly deserved reputation as a production line for emerging talent.
Michael Lynch A decade ago Frank Lowy, the chairman of the newly established Football Federation Australia, made an impassioned plea to the followers of ''old soccer'' before the first ever A-League round not to...
Michael Lynch The A-League season is, for most clubs, only five games old, but patterns are already taking shape and trends emerging.
Michael Lynch Three goals were enough for Perth Glory to end the fairytale FFA Cup run of Bentleigh Greens in the semi finals.
Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar refugee Liam Miller, who departed the champions in acrimonious circumstances after terminating his contract last week, has signed a short term deal with Melbourne City.
Michael Lynch Whatever happens at Kingston Heath Soccer Centre on Tuesday night, suburban soccer club Bentleigh Greens has already made history.
Michael Lynch The world has come to Melbourne this spring and dominated the carnival, but on the last day the Australians finally got their chance to strike back.
Michael Lynch In the days when Claudio Ranieri was coaching Chelsea he was known as The Tinkerman, such was his penchant for chopping and changing his line up, trying out this player or that or experimenting with...
Michael Lynch In the carousel that is the spring carnival, there are many horses _ and, for those involved in the game, there are just as many ups and downs.