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.

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.

Postecoglou has reason to smile after Socceroos blitz Kuwait

Ange Postecoglou congratulates Matthew Spiranovic and Trent Sainsbury after the match against Kuwait.

Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou all smiles after his side eases into Asian Cup reckoning with an opening night blitz of Kuwait.

Socceroos get off to flying start in Asian Cup with 4-1 win over Kuwait

Tim Cahill (lef) reacts after scoring Australia's opening goal.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos got off to a flying start in their Asian Cup opener, defeating Kuwait 4-1 on a rainy night in Melbourne.

Makings of an ugly season for the A-League's great success story

In the spotlight: Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic.

Michael Lynch In almost any other league in almost any other country Western Sydney Wanderers boss Tony Popovic would probably be facing the sack _ if he hadn't been dumped already _ following the Asian champions...

Asian Cup ends will justify the lead-ups means if Socceroos get it right on the night

Mile Jedinak and Ange Postecoglou posing during a team photo in Melbourne.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou has insisted, during the post World Cup makeover of his squad, that he and his team should not be judged on the result of friendly matches in difficult environments but in the Asian...

Socceroos 'ready to go and feeling the love' for Asian Cup opener, declares Postecoglou


Michael Lynch The time for talking, promising, planning and predicting is over.

Nathan Burns the Socceroo Phoenix, rising from the ashes of flickering career

Nathan Burns (centre) is at the peak of his powers.

Michael Lynch The story of Nathan Burns is a cautionary tale for young, talented modern footballers.

Bahrain face tough challenge, says top striker


Michael Lynch Bahrain had a best placed finish of fourth in its five Asian Cup finals appearances, but if it is to emulate that it will have to come through one of the toughest groups just to reach the knockout...

South Korea can win Asian Cup, says former captain Park Ji-sung

South Korea's midfielder Park Ji-Sung grimaces during the 2011 Asian Cup group C football match between South Korea and Bahrain at Al-Gharafa Stadium in the Qatari capital Doha on January 10, 2011. South Korea won 2-1. AFP PHOTO / KARIM JAAFAR

Michael Lynch When you have played 100 times for your country and won some of the biggest trophies in the world, with one of the biggest club teams in the world, your opinion is likely to be given the weight it...

Kuwait hopeful new coach can spur Asian Cup upset in opener against Socceroos

Mile Jedinak

Michael Lynch Changing coaches is a major upheaval for any team, especially on the eve of a big tournament. But Kuwait, Australia's first opponents in the opening fixture of the Asian Cup in Melbourne on Friday...

Iran's Asian Cup chances weakened by poor preparation, says coach Queiroz

Managing expectations: Carlos Queiroz unhappy with Iran's build up to the Asian Cup

Michael Lynch Iran has been touted as one of the favourites to go all the way and take out the Asian Cup, but if you listen to coach Carlos Queiroz their chances have been vastly over-rated.

Can Mathew Leckie be the man to fill Tim Cahill's big boots?

Ready and waiting: Mathew Leckie, a big Tim Cahill fan and the Socceroo who could step up when Cahill steps down.

Michael Lynch Tim Cahill might seem ageless, but the Socceroos talisman cannot go on for ever – even if the former Everton man seems determined to do so.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou, and Minister John Eren evacuated from AAMI Park

Australian Socceroos Coach Ange Postecoglou and Victorian Minister for Tourism and Major Events, John Eren are seen as they leave the stadium.

Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou and a Victorian government minister evacuated from the venue of the Asian Cup opener.

For Socceroo defender Ivan Franjic, there will always be one last Knight

Ivan Franjic believes he is match fit.

Michael Lynch Most soccer-loving kids growing up in Australia dream of playing for one of the global giants of the world game, but not Ivan Franjic.

Steven Gerrard to the A-League? It's time our 'marquee' men truly raised the roof

Will any A-League club attempt to recruit Steven Gerrard as a marquee player?

Michael Lynch The Asian Cup is chock-full of players who could be superstar signings for A-League clubs.

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou set on flexible solutions

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Expect the unexpected when the Socceroos take the field against Kuwait in the Asian Cup opening match at AAMI Park next Friday night.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat offers no excuses for defeat

Kosta Barbarouses of Melbourne Victory tries to break through a cordon of Perth Glory defenders.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat offers few excuses for his side's 2-1 loss to league leaders Perth Glory.