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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Michael Lynch A player operating in the lowly third tier of English football has suddenly become one of the most crucial members of the Australian line-up.
Michael Lynch They say you don't know what you have got until it's gone. That certainly wasn't the case when Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou got the devastating news early last year that Robbie Kruse needed a...
Michael Lynch Having earned a comparison to the great Franz Beckenbauer, it is clear South Korean coach Uli Stielike was a very decent player in his own right.
Michael Lynch Is it possible that going two up inside a quarter of an hour in a major tournament semi-final has any downside?
Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou insisted in the run up to the Asian Cup that he should not be judged on the disappointing results of his team's lead-up games but on their performance in the...
Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou is one game away from bringing Australia its first major trophy in men's football and making a legacy statement for the sport in this country.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will get the chance to go one better than their narrow failure in 2011 when they face South Korea at Stadium Australia in the final of the Asian Cup on Saturday night.
Michael Lynch The perennial bridesmaids from east Asia, who have not won the Asian Cup since the second ever edition in 1960, are now into their first final since 1988,
Michael Lynch Uli Stielike is in no doubt about who gamblers should be weighing into in tonight's Asian Cup semi-final in Newcastle between Australia and the United Arab Emirates.
Michael Lynch South Korea will get the chance to break a 55-year Asian Cup hoodoo when they contest the final.
Asian Cup 2015: Trent Sainsbury hoping he's not a hostage to fortune in criticism of Omar Abdulrahman
Michael Lynch There's nothing like being confident. But the downside of expressing self belief can be that a sportsman leaves himself a hostage to fortune.
Michael Lynch Successful teams grow into tournaments. And so do players.
Michael Lynch That the scheduling of the Socceroos' Asian Cup semi-final clash against United Arab Emirates on Tuesday is in Newcastle instead of Melbourne is at best regretful and in reality an embarrassment.
Michael Lynch Stadium Australia, Monday, 8pm