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.

Socceroos: Bailey making all the Wright moves

Michael Lynch Alex Wilkinson, the centre-back who emerged from nowhere under Ange Posteoclou to become a regular in the World Cup and Asian Cup squads, was for many the epitome of the accidental Socceroo.

Ange Postecoglou builds Socceroos depth for challenging future

All smiles: Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou was happy with the way Australia stayed patient and controlled the game in their 3-0 win against Tajikistan.

Michael Lynch Job done, in the end with little fuss.

Socceroos: Tim Cahill anoints new boy Luke Brattan as potential successor to Mark Bresciano

Cahill is adamant about the potential of former Brisbane Roar player Luke Brattan.

Michael Lynch in Dushanbe, Tajikistan Over the past decade, Tim Cahill has played in front of some of Australia's best ever midfielders, but he  believes that a man who has barely pulled on the national team shirt could go...

Socceroos: Mark Milligan wary of Jordan threat despite perfect start

Wary: Socceroos star Mark Milligan isn't taking Jordan lightly.

Michael Lynch, Dushanbe The Socceroos may have made a perfect start to their World Cup qualifying campaign, but midfielder Mark Milligan is wary of the next task Ange Postecoglou's team faces - a tricky away trip to Jordan.

World Cup qualifiers: Ange Postecoglou lauds new boys in Socceroos squad

DUSHANBE, TAJIKISTAN - SEPTEMBER 08:  Head coach Ange Postecoglou of Australia looks on during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Qualifier match between the Australian Socceroos and Tajikistan at Central Republican Stadium on September 8, 2015 in Dushanbe, Tajikistan.  (Photo by Francois Nel/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou could not have hoped for a better start to the Socceroos' qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.

World Cup qualifiers: Tim Cahill as excited as he's ever been about Socceroos prospects

Tim Cahill

Michael Lynch, Dushanbe Age is only a number. Tim Cahill might be the senior figure in the Socceroo squad, but he's still their go-to man when they need a goal.

Socceroos: Ange Postecoglou pleased at way Australia dominated Tajikistan

All smiles ... Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou was happy with the way Australia stayed patient and controlled the game in their 3-0 win against Tajikistan.

Michael Lynch It might have taken Australia almost an hour to break down a determined Tajikistan, but Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou never felt that his team was in any real danger in their World Cup...

World Cup qualifiers: Tim Cahill brace helps Australia to 3-0 triumph in Tajikistan

Tim Cahill in an aerial duel with Eraj Rajabov and Nurriden Davronov of Tajikistan during the World Cup qualifier in Dushanbe on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Australia had to dig deep to overcome an enthusiastic and well-drilled Tajikistan on a balmy night in Dushanbe.

Socceroos: Ikonomidis on the cusp of big things, but real tests await

Chris Ikonomidis  is confident, but not arrogant, about his prospects.

Michael Lynch, Dushambe, Tajikistan It's a long shot. A very long shot. But if legendary German striker Miroslav Klose ever decided to finish his career in the A-League, it's likely that a young Socceroo hopeful might have done...

Soccer players' union says claim for 30 per cent of revenues low by world standards

Michael Lynch They may be bloodied after a week of ugly PR battles, but soccer's players' union is adamant its claim to 30 per cent of the sport's revenues is not extravagant by global standards..

Socceroos: Ange Postecoglou gets shirty with Tajik official's 'disrespectful' quit query

Ange Postecoglou wasn't happy with the behaviour of a Tajik official.

Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou bristled, captain Tim Cahill looked bemused, and the Australian press corps could barely surpress their surprise.

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Socceroos: Postecoglou set to make changes with Cahill likely to return

Socceroos great Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou is set to start his veteran frontman Tim Cahill and make a handful of other changes when Australia faces Tajikistan in a World Cup qualifier in that country's troubled...

Socceroos: Alex Wilkinson set to quit South Korea, A-League return a possibility

Alex Wilkinson is the classic late bloomer.

Michael Lynch Socceroo defender Alex Wilkinson could be on the way back to the A-League when his contract with South Korean club Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors ends in December.

Socceroos' Jason Davidson drops a division for personal promotion

Jason Davidson signed for unfashionable Championship strugglers Huddersfield Town.

Michael Lynch Sometimes in any walk of life you have to take one step backwards to go two steps forward.

Melbourne City's Aaron Mooy looks to take his chance in Socceroos midfield battle

Michael Lynch Melbourne City midfielder Aaron Mooy has an impressive strike rate when he turns out for the national team, notching four goals in seven appearances.

Socceroos: Postecoglou says match on course despite Tajik violence fears


Michael Lynch The Socceroos have not had to revamp their schedule despite the violence and political turmoil taking place in Tajikistan, where they face the host nation in a qualifier in Dushanbe on Tuesday night.

Socceroos: Ex-Roar midfielder Luke Brattan determined to achieve European dream

Michael Lynch, Dushanbe You'll never ever know if you never ever go.

Socceroos not bothered by reports of death and civil unrest in Tajikistan

Michael Lynch If the Socceroos are worried about playing Tajikistan in the face of a mounting violence and tension in the capital, Dushanbe, they are not showing it.

Socceroos: Postecoglou's men aim to take Tajik test in their stride

Taking it as it comes: Soccaroos coach Ange Postecoglou talks to Mark Bosnich after the game against Bangladesh.

Michael Lynch The world's 173th ranked team, Bangladesh, provided little opposition to the Socceroos when they succumbed meekly in Perth.

Tajikistan unrest ahead of World Cup qualifier adds to Socceroos’ challenge

Winning ways: Mark Milligan congratulates Tom Rogic following his goal against Bangladesh in Perth on Thursday.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos arrived in Dubai in the early hours of Saturday morning to make a connection for a charter flight to the Tajik capital Dushanbe expecting to play Tuesday night's World Cup qualifier.