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.

Slipshod set piece defending undermines Socceroos and leaves Ange Postecoglou fuming

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.

Japan too strong for plucky Socceroos


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,...

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Davidson may seek loan deal to assure Socceroos spot

Jason Davidson has failed to hold a regular spot for West Bromwich Albion.

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.

Massimo Luongo confident of starting in Japan friendly

Massimo Luongo.

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.

We won't be overawed by Japan, says Socceroos' Mile Jedinak

Mile Jedinak scores a penalty for Crystal Palace last month.

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.

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Socceroos v Japan: Critical test on road to Asian Cup

Japan v Australia

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.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has a plan, and he's sticking to it

Staying the course: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

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...

Matt McKay celebrates 50th Socceroos cap, and sets sights on more

'I have only had two competitive games since the World Cup. It's obviously a work in progress for me.'

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...

Soccer: Will Tim Cahill go beyond Asian Cup?

Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou has made no secret of his admiration for Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch Tim Cahill can't make up his mind whether the Asian Cup will be his swansong with the national team.

The Italian Job ain't so easy, as Brillante is learning

Josh Brillante.

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.

Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan reflects on the lessons of the World Cup

Australian Socceroos goalkeeper Mat Ryan.

Michael Lynch A striker can go from hero to zero and back again in the blink of an eyelid. Not so a goalkeeper.

Central Coast alumni making their mark with Socceroos

Mile Jedinak.

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.

Soccer gets back in touch with its grassroots with FFA Cup

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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...

Western Sydney Wanderers and Brisbane Roar facing A-League acid tests

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Michael Lynch The A-League season is, for most clubs, only five games old, but patterns are already taking shape and trends emerging.

Greens adventure ends as Glory marches on to FFA Cup final

Nebosja Marinkovic of Perth Glory celebrates after scoring the first goal during the FFA Cup semi-final against the Bentleigh Greens at Kingston Heath Soccer Complex in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Three goals were enough for Perth Glory to end the fairytale FFA Cup run of Bentleigh Greens in the semi finals.  

Melbourne City signs Liam Miller to short-term deal

Flying visit: Liam Miller has a short-term deal with Melbourne City.

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.

Can Bentleigh Greens produce a fairytale FFA Cup result?

Liam McCormick (right)  of the Greens celebrates a goal against Sydney Olympic.

Michael Lynch Whatever happens at Kingston Heath Soccer Centre on Tuesday night, suburban soccer club Bentleigh Greens has already made history.

World beater Terravista strikes a blow for the down-under battlers

Tight finish: Terravista (in orange) edges out Chautauqua to win the Darley Classic at Flemington on Saturday.

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.

Postecoglou and the art of the tinkerman

In charge: Ange Postecoglou rallies the troops against Qatar.

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...

Set Square stars in the sun to brighten carnival's dark shadow

Too good: Hugh Bowman salutes the crowd.

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.