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.

Asian Cup 2015: Socceroos' loss to South Korea merely a setback

Michael Lynch The euphoria that swept Australia after the Socceroos demolished two fairly limited teams in Kuwait and Oman in their opening Asian Cup games was understandable, if a trifle premature.

Socceroos coach disappointed with result, but praises players

Australian coach Ange Postecoglou watches on the match against South Korea in Brisbane on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou could not hide his frustration and disappointment at his side's 1-0 loss to South Korea, but he heaped praise on his players for dominating posession and creating a...

Socceroos threaten but lack cutting edge as South Korea top group

Tim Cahill (centre) reacts as he is given a yellow card after a foul on South Korea's goalkeeper Kim Jin-hyeon (right) during the Asian Cup Group A match in Brisbane on Saturday.

Michael Lynch If only all dead rubbers could be so lively, all "meaningless" matches so laced with purpose and intent, tension and excitement.

Jordan face daunting task but self-belief boosted ahead of Japan clash

Hamza al-Dardour (right) celebrates with coach Ray Wilkins (centre) during the game against Palestine on Friday.

Michael Lynch He had a decorated career as a player, appearing for clubs like Chelsea, Manchester United and AC Milan as well as enjoying a long spell  in England's midfield in the 1970s and 80s.

Palestine makes its point, but Jordan takes the points as Dardour bags four in 5-1 romp

Hamza Al Dardour of Jordan scores his second goal against Palestine on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Palestine playing in the Asian Cup, as their officials have made abundantly clear, was as much about making a political statement as proving their worth on the sporting field.

Socceroos progressing nicely as Ange's plan bears fruit

Matt McKay is congratulated by teammates after opening the scoring against Oman.

Michael Lynch One, never mind two, swallows don't make a summer. 

Asian Cup 2015: Ray Wilkins defends Ahmad Hayel

Ahmad Hayel (left) of Jordan in action during his side's loss to Iraq.

Michael Lynch Jordan coach Ray Wilkins on Wednesday night made an impassioned defence of his striker Ahmad Hayel, who failed to provide a sample in a botched drug test after his Jordan team's loss to Iraq on...

Palestine makes a statement simply by being at Asian Cup

Political: Palestine have already achieved one of  two goals at their first Asian Cup.

Michael Lynch It's said that sport and politics shouldn't mix, but don't tell Palestine coach Ahmed Al Hassan.

Socceroos should respect, but not fear, potential quarter-final opponents

Should Australia emerge on top after Saturday night's game they would return to Melbourne where a sell out crowd would pack AAMI Stadium for a clash with either the Uzbeks or the Saudis.

Michael Lynch Saudi Arabia, Uzbekistan or China? Should the Socceroos have any fear of their potential Asian Cup quarter-final rivals from Group B, which crosses over with Australia's Group A.

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Saudis cruise to easy victory and end North Korea's Asian Cup hopes

Mohammed Al Sahlawi of Saudi Arabia celebrates after scoring North Korea.

Michael Lynch Saudi Arabia cruised to a 4-1 victory over ten man North Korea in Melbourne on Tuesday night to keep their hopes of qualification for the Asian Cup quarter finals alive in a match characterised by...

Peter Moody drug probe likely to set overseas tongues wagging again over Caviar brilliance

Peter Moody and Black Caviar

Michael Lynch When Australian wonder mare Black Caviar, complete with her figure-hugging compression suit, stepped off the plane in Britain in 2012 to prepare for her tilt at international glory at Royal Ascot,...

Swindon Town - unlikely supplier of Asian Cup stars

Massimo Luongo (right) scored the goal to put Australia ahead against Kuwait.

Michael Lynch When the great tournaments of the world are being staged, it's usual for the players from the great clubs in those areas to take pride of place.

Saudis desperate to get back on winning track after China loss

Pressure: Saudi Arabia’s players train in preparation for the North Korea match.

Michael Lynch Saudi Arabia are in a do-or-die situation when they face North Korea at AAMI Park on Wednesday, and coach Cosmin Olaroiu is not trying to hide the fact from his players – or his traditionally...

North Korea draw strength from Kim Jong-un's 'deep love' before vital Asian Cup clash

North Korea's Pak Kwang-ryong (right) fights for the ball with Uzbekistan's Vitaliy Denisov during their group B match on Saturday.

Michael Lynch He may not be here in person, but North Korea's Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un will be at AAMI Park in spirit on Wednesday night, when his country meets Saudi Arabia in a do-or-die Asian Cup pool match.

It's always more than a game for North Korea

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch  "It is a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma; but perhaps there is a key."

Iran bandwagon gathers pace as raucous fans bring colour and movement to Asian Cup mix

If their fans have anything to do with it, Iran will triumph on a wave of noise and emotion.

Michael Lynch Can the highest ranked team in the Asian region justify their rating and go all the way to Asian Cup glory?

Iran send passionate fans home happy after beating Bahrain in Asian Cup

Iran's Masoud Shojaei (left) is challenged by Bahrain's Mohamed Hasan.

Michael Lynch The highest ranked team in the Asian Cup, Iran, arrived in Melbourne last week with their coach Carlos Queiroz saying their preparation for the tournament had been compromised by a lack of money and...

Flying start essential in Asian Cup – just ask the Saudis, Omanis, North Koreans and Kuwaitis

Riding a wave: Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch It's not sudden-death football just yet. But for Saudi Arabia and North Korea, who meet on Wednesday night in Melbourne; Kuwait, who face South Korea in their second group match on Tuesday in...

Asian Cup: A strong start, but tougher tests await the Socceroos

Early victory: Tim Cahill celebrates but Oman and Saudi Arabia are next.

Michael Lynch Australia could have got off to a better start in their Asian Cup opener on Friday night. But not by much.

The prince and the president: Ali's plans to replace Sepp Blatter as head of FIFA

Battle stations: Jordan's Prince Ali Bin al-Hussein, left, will challenge incumbent Sepp Blatter for the FIFA presidency in May.

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.