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.

Mathew Leckie's aerial ability gives him chance to succeed Tim Cahill

Man hug: Massimo Luongo congratulates Mathew Leckie

Michael Lynch in Perth He's got a long way to go to replicate the deeds of Socceroos legend Tim Cahill, but Bundesliga-based Mathew Leckie is shaping as the closest replacement Australia have to their goalscoring talisman...

Socceroos: Plenty of positives from easy win but Tajik task will be tougher

Tim Cahill of Australia.

Michael Lynch So you stick five goals past one of the weakest sides in world soccer in a game that was easier than an average training session.

World Cup Qualifier: Ange Postecoglou delighted with performance as job done with minimum of fuss

Socceroos captain Tim Cahill acknowledges supporters at nib Stadium.

Michael Lynch Tim Cahill was left on the bench because Australia wanted a more mobile strike force to be able to run at a Bangladesh rearguard that was guaranteed to sit back and defend deeply, coach Ange...

World Cup Qualifier: Socceroos cruise past outclassed Bangladesh as Tom Rogic returns to fold

Mark Milligan of Australia congratulates Tom Rogic after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch, Perth The Socceroos ran out 5-0 winners of their second World Cup qualifying match on the road to Russia 2018.

Socceroos: Will Postecoglou's relationship with the FFA be damaged by backdown?

Frustrated: Ange Postecoglou was clearly made to toe the line.

Michael Lynch A public dressing-down has Ange Postecoglou less than happy.

Soccer World Cup qualifiers: Tim Cahill to captain Socceroos

Tim Cahill

Michael Lynch Tim Cahill is excited to captain his country once again but he is even more enthused at the prospect of playing in front of a dynamic new midfield combination featuring the talents of Tom Rogic and...

Bangladesh boss hopes for competitive effort against Socceroos

Bangladesh's captain Mamunul Islam.

Michael Lynch Bangladesh are happy to be in Australia, and happy to test themselves against Asia's top team. And they will be equally happy if they can come away from their encounter with the Socceroos having kept...

Socceroos: Take nothing for granted as Postecoglou builds anew for World Cup tilt

Warming up: Tim Cahill and his Socceroos teammates will play Bangladesh in a World Cup qualifier in Perth on Thursday night.

Michael Lynch, Perth The Marxist doctrine of "permanent revolution" may nowadays be more confined to the arcane pages of left wing theoretical journals than real life.

Ange Postecoglou retracts comments about Socceroos pay row

Michael Lynch  Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has taken back comments he made on Tuesday about the pay row between the Socceroos union and the FFA.

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Socceroo Massimo Luongo on a high after super start

Massimo Luongo says he is happy with his choice after Queens Park Rangers bright start to the new campaign.

Michael Lynch It's been a whirlwind 15 months for Massimo Luongo.

Ange Postecoglou blasts FFA and players' union as pay row turns ugly

Ange Postecoglou:

Michael Lynch Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou has weighed into the worsening pay row between the Socceroos union and the FFA, condemning both sides for treating the national team as a political football...

Socceroos: Leckie's stunning strike gives him hope he can add to Socceroo tally

Mathew Leckie.

Michael Lynch Socceroo frontman Mathew Leckie has only scored once for the national team, but if his recent form is anything to go by he will surely add to his tally in the two upcoming World Cup qualifiers...

Socceroos escalate FFA pay row with ban on commercial appearances in Perth

Game on: The Socceroos will still play in the World Cup qualifier against Bangladesh.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos are boycotting commercial appearances in Perth in an escalation of their pay row with Football Federation Australia.

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Socceroos: Ryan injured, misses World Cup qualifiers

Mat Ryan.

Michael Lynch in Perth Australian goalkeeper Mat Ryan will be missing when the Socceroos take on Bangladesh and Tajikistan in World Cup qualifiers this week after hurting his knee.

Matthew Spiranovic delighted with China start and aims to make it last

Socceroos.Terrigal.May 20th, 2014.Photo.Sahlan Hayes.SMH Sport.Socceroos player, Matthew Spiranovic.

Michael Lynch Australia may have won the Asian Cup earlier this year, but there is no room for sentiment or resting on those laurels on the road to Russia, key defender Matthew Spiranovic insists.

Melbourne City confirms Sorensen deal as veteran keeper moves to A-League

City boss John van 't Schip believes that with his vast experience the 39-year-old Thomas Sorensen (above) can be a major boost for the club both on and off the pitch.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has confirmed a rumour that has been running throughout the A-League off-season and officially announced the signature of former Premier League and Danish international goalkeeper...

Regular game time gives Socceroos hopefuls the best chance of making international grade

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch It's a dilemma many young players face - earn a big pay packet by sitting on the bench at a big club, or drop down a level and play regularly?

Socceroos: Milicic has fond memories of WA and backs Perth match

Ante Milicic (left) at the Western Sydney Wanderers in 2013.

Michael Lynch To truly be Australia's team, a team has to play all over the country.

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Tom Rogic scores a cracker en route to returning to Socceroos fold

Tom Rogic

Michael Lynch If anyone joining the Socceroo squad in Perth this week is in good spirits it should be the man who could become the national team's creative fulcrum, Tom Rogic.

Unsung Socceroos ready for next step towards World Cup

The Socceroos, especially under their home-grown coach Ange Postecoglou, have risen to the occasion several times in the past few years.

Michael Lynch A star team, it is said, will always beat a team of stars. Which is just as well for the Socceroos.