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.
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.
Michael Lynch Job done, in the end with little fuss.
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...
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.
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou could not have hoped for a better start to the Socceroos' qualifying campaign for Russia 2018.
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.
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...
Michael Lynch Australia had to dig deep to overcome an enthusiastic and well-drilled Tajikistan on a balmy night in Dushanbe.
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...
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..
Michael Lynch Socceroo boss Ange Postecoglou bristled, captain Tim Cahill looked bemused, and the Australian press corps could barely surpress their surprise.
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...
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.
Michael Lynch Sometimes in any walk of life you have to take one step backwards to go two steps forward.
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.
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.
Michael Lynch, Dushanbe You'll never ever know if you never ever go.
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.
Michael Lynch The world's 173th ranked team, Bangladesh, provided little opposition to the Socceroos when they succumbed meekly in Perth.
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.