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.

City must find consistency if they are to be a finals chance

Michael Lynch It's back to the drawing board for Melbourne City, a team that, more than any other in the A-League, fits the Jekyll and Hyde description.

Milligan back for Victory trip to Sydney, so Muscat faced with selection dilemma

Kosta Barbarouses (centre) celebrates a Victory goal on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Victory coach Kevin Muscat is faced with a huge decision when the team travels to Sydney: who to leave out.

Victory dominate derby with 'discipline'

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 07:  Besart Berisha of the Victory celebrates after scoring a goal during the round 16 A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Melbourne City FC at Etihad Stadium on February 7, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Scott Barbour/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory confirmed its status as this season's leading Victorian team with a comprehensive win over local rivals Melbourne City.

Melbourne Victory teach City a derby lesson and go second on A-League ladder

Victory's Besart Berisha after scoring a goal during the club's 3-0 win.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory moved into a clear second spot on the A-League ladder and settled any argument about who is Melbourne's top dog this season with a comprehensive 3-0 win over Melbourne City in front...

Home is where the Heart is for Damien Duff - but business comes first in derby clash

Damien Duff in action for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's star import Damien Duff sucks in his cheeks and his mouth forms in a half smile when asked whether he would consider staying on for another season in the A-League.

Jose Mourinho a genius and the Aussies made a big impression, Damien Duff recalls

The best: Jose Mourinho (left) consoles Damien Duff after an FA Cup game in 2005.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City winger Damien Duff has worked with some of the top coaches in the world and played alongside some of the best known names in the game.

Derby jousts are just the lead-in to Victory-City clash

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Earlier this week Socceroo superstar Tim Cahill talked about employing method in his madness.

FFA's task now to leverage Asian Cup success and build for future

Just the start: Momentum is building in junior ranks since the Socceroos' success.

Michael Lynch With the Asian Cup safely under lock and key for at least four years and the celebratory revelling done and dusted, the FFA must move sharply to capitalise on the benefits of a tournament that...

Victory and City battle for top dog status as finals race hots up

Push and shove the last time the teams clashed.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory officials are hoping for a crowd of more than 40,000 for Saturday night's third Melbourne derby of the season as Victory and Sydney try to determine who will be top dog of the two...

Tim Cahill's influence knows few bounds

Superman: Tim Cahill.

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.