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.

Tim Cahill's influence knows few bounds

Michael Lynch Is it a bird, is it a plane – well, if it's not the Amazing Superman, then it's the almost equally extraordinary Tim Cahill.

Mooy and Melling make the City difference for Van't Schip

Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City challenges Yojiro Takahagi of the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van't Schip praised the contribution of key midfielder Aaron Mooy who once more was the standout City player in the club's 2-1 win over Western Sydney Wanderers, a triumph...

City's main man Mooy seals the points as Wanderers lose again

Yojiro Takahagi of the Western Sydney Wanderers comes under pressure from Connor Chapman and Jacob Melling of Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Former Western Sydney Wanderers midfielder Aaron Mooy broke the hearts of his ex teammates when he struck a tremenous drive from 20 metres out to give Melbourne City a 2-1 win over Tony Popovic's...

Six of the best: Our experts name their best goal, game, player and moment of the Asian Cup

Tim Cahill

Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett look at the highs and lows of the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup 2015: After historic triumph, Socceroos now target World Cup

Proud achievement: Socceroos captain Mile Jedinak poses with the Asian Cup during celebrations at Westfield Sydney on Sunday.

Michael Lynch After the greatest triumph in Australia's football history, coach Ange Postecoglou made it clear there can be no resting on laurels.

Asian Cup 2015: Socceroos, Ange Postecoglou and the game rid themselves of inferiority complex

Footbal Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy and Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou embrace during celebrations in Sydney on Sunday.

Michael Lynch The status that comes with being the champions of Asia is immense in one of the world's most populous regions, so Australia's triumph in the Asian Cup is a huge boost for the game in this country.

Asian Cup: Socceroos coach says victory is just the beginning

Well done: Ange Postecoglou embraces Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has called for Australia's triumph in the Asian Cup to become the springboard for a golden era for the national team.

Socceroos dig deep and deliver a result for the ages

Australia's Massimo Luongo celebrates after scoring his side's first goal.

Michael Lynch It doesn't always have to be the beautiful game to be the compelling game, the fascinating game, the 'I can't take my eyes off this as I don't what what might happen next' game.

Dream team: in-house selectors choose their Asian Cup 11

Stepping up: Tim Cahill has risen to the occasion and scored at key moments.

Michael Lynch, Sebastian Hassett and Dominic Bossi After much debate, our football experts have managed to select their top team from the hundreds of players who produced a stellar Asian Cup.

Socceroos set for date with destiny

Michael Lynch The Socceroos face their date with destiny on Saturday night, when Australia takes on regional powerhouse South Korea in the final of the Asian Cup at Stadium Australia in Sydney.

South Korea yet to concede – can Australia breach their defences?

South Korea's Lee Jeong-hyeop reacts after scoring against Australia in the group encounter.

Michael Lynch They have made the final despite two of their 23-man squad - Koo Ja Cheol and Lee Chung Yong - being missing through injury and their star player, Son Heung Min, affected by illness.

Asian Cup critical in delivering Socceroos' future

Massimo Luongo (right) has enjoyed a wonderful Asian Cup and his performances over the past few weeks have surely set him up for a move to bigger and better things when he returns to his League One club, Swindon Town.

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.