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 critical in delivering Socceroos' future

Michael Lynch A player operating in the lowly third tier of English football has suddenly become one of the most crucial members of the Australian line-up.

Asian Cup: Socceroo Robbie Kruse in control of his own destiny now

Robbie Kruse, left, pictured with Matthew Leckie, has had an impressive Asian Cup campaign.

Michael Lynch They say you don't know what you have got until it's gone. That certainly wasn't the case when Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou got the devastating news early last year that Robbie Kruse needed a...

South Korea coach Uli Stielike hopes to crown coaching career with Asian Cup success

In command: South Korea's coach Uli Stielike gestures near Iraq's coach Radhi Shenaishil during their Asian Cup semi-final.

Michael Lynch Having earned a comparison to the great Franz Beckenbauer, it is clear South Korean coach Uli Stielike was a very decent player in his own right.

Asian Cup 2015: Early goals dulled intensity, says Socceroo Massimo Luongo

Man of the match: Socceroo Massimo Luongo.

Michael Lynch Is it possible that going two up inside a quarter of an hour in a major tournament semi-final has any downside?

Evangelist Ange Postecoglou plans to win Asian Cup final in Australian style

Trent Sainsbury celebrates

Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou insisted in the run up to the Asian Cup that he should not be judged on the disappointing results of his team's lead-up games but on their performance in the...

Asian Cup: Postecoglou wants players to embrace the moment

Ange Postecoglou looks a satisfied man as he watches the semi-final on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou is one game away from bringing Australia its first major trophy in men's football and making a legacy statement for the sport in this country.

Asian Cup: Socceroos defeat UAE to set up final against South Korea

Trent Sainsbury (right) leaps high to head home Australia's first goal against the UAE at the Newcastle Stadium on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos will get the chance to go one better than their narrow failure in 2011 when they face South Korea at Stadium Australia in the final of the Asian Cup on Saturday night.

Asian Cup 2015: For South Korea everything now a bonus

Son Heung-min is the go-to man for his team.

Michael Lynch The perennial bridesmaids from east Asia, who have not won the Asian Cup since the second ever edition in 1960, are now into their first final since 1988,

Asian Cup 2015: South Korea coach Uli Stielike starts mind games with Socceroos

South Korea coach Uli Stielike says Australia are the strongest team in the tournament.

Michael Lynch Uli Stielike is in no doubt about who gamblers should be weighing into in tonight's Asian Cup semi-final in Newcastle between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.

Asian Cup: South Korea too strong for Iraq, book spot in final

South Korea's Lee Jeonghyeop celebrates after putting his team ahead during the Asian Cup semi-final against Iraq on Monday.

Michael Lynch South Korea will get the chance to break a 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they contest the final.

Asian Cup 2015: Trent Sainsbury hoping he's not a hostage to fortune in criticism of Omar Abdulrahman

Trent Sainsbury will be hoping that Australia can shut down Omar Abdulrahman.

Michael Lynch There's nothing like being confident. But the downside of expressing self belief can be that a sportsman leaves himself a hostage to fortune.

Asian Cup 2015: Socceroos coming together as new boys establish themselves

Imagine what a great place Melbourne would be on Tuesday with Nick Kyrgios competing in the Australian Open quarter-finals on the same night the Socceroos were playing for a spot in the Asian Cup final.

Michael Lynch Successful teams grow into tournaments. And so do players.

Asian Cup 2015: Lack of faith in soccer an embarrassment for Melbourne

Imagine what a great place Melbourne would be on Tuesday with Nick Kyrgios competing in the Australian Open quarter-finals on the same night the Socceroos were playing for a spot in the Asian Cup final.

Michael Lynch That the scheduling of the Socceroos' Asian Cup semi-final clash against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday is in Newcastle instead of Melbourne is at best regretful and in reality an embarrassment.

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Iraq v South Korea - The lowdown

Real quality: South Korea's Son Heung-Min celebrates after scoring in extra-time against Uzbekistan.

Michael Lynch Stadium Australia, Monday, 8pm

Asian Cup 2015: how the semi-finalists shape up

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Michael Lynch Two of the big guns delivered in the Asian Cup, two haven't.

Victory head west in bid to close gap on Glory

Fahid Ben Khalfallah (centre) will be back for Victory's game against Perth.

Michael Lynch As the A-League season begins its second half — still rather in the shadow of the Asian Cup — Melbourne Victory heads west knowing they need three points to close the gap on leader Perth...

Asian Cup: Iraq and UAE perform, but Middle East remains off the pace

Members of the United Arab Emirates team celebrate after they qualified for the Asian Cup semi-finals.

Michael Lynch Iraq and the United Arab Emirates have been the surprise packages in this Asian Cup, both reaching the semi finals – admittedly through the fortunate medium of penalties.

South Korea can win if they conquer nerves, says Stielike

A South Korean fan at Thursday's quarter-final against Uzbekistan.

Michael Lynch Can South Korea win the Asian Cup and break their 55-year-hoodoo in the continent's biggest football tournament?

Tim Cahill's a hero? Definitely, definitely ...

The best of Tim Cahill's wonder goals  (Thumbnail)

Michael Lynch The morals and ethics of human cloning are, alas, sufficiently murky to rule out the FFA attempting such an experiment with a sliver of Tim Cahill's DNA.

Son Heung Min extra time double sees Koreans through to semis over gallant Uzbekistan

Leaving it late: Korea needed extra-time to see off Uzbekistan.

Michael Lynch South Korea became the first team through to the semi finals of the Asian Cup after they saw off Uzbekistan in extra time of a hard fought and exhilarating quarter-final in Melbourne.