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 and Sebastian Hassett Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia must aspire to claim Asian Cup glory in January next year despite being drawn in a challenging group against South Korea, Oman and Kuwait.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will kick off their Asian Cup campaign in the opening match next January against Kuwait, but their biggest test in the group phase will come when they take on Asian heavyweights South...
Michael Lynch While the World Cup will, naturally, be top of Ange Postecoglou's agenda for the next three months or so, the Asian Cup will be running quietly as a background theme.
Michael Lynch Second big defeat has come due to a lack of planning and rebuilding.
Michael Lynch Australia's Asian Cup organisers want A-League to shut down for part of three-week competition.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will be working overtime between March and July next year when they play four World Cup qualifiers and four matches in the East Asian Cup finals in South Korea.
Michael Lynch Asian Cup chief Michael Brown plans to ramp up interest in the competition.
Michael Lynch Having sealed World Cup qualification, Socceroos coach Holgert Osieck owes it to the nation to break some eggs as he scrambles a selection omelette for Brazil 2014.
Michael Lynch Jade North says too many supporters have been ready to write off Holger Osieck's line up of fringe Socceroos and hopefuls simply because the majority of them play in Australia.
Michael Lynch But mustering crowds for matches between minnows might prove to be tricky.
Michael Lynch Hindsight is always 20/20, so the World Cup, in retrospect, now looks like the easy part for Ange Postecoglou as he seeks to rebuild the Australian side and make it a major contender for Asian Cup...
Michael Lynch World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium eased to a 2-0 victory over a new-look Australian side featuring several players making their first appearances for the national team in an international friendly...
Michael Lynch The Socceroos will find the going rather easier when they face Saudi Arabia in London.
Michael Lynch Sitting in the Maracana watching the two best international teams in the world it was impossible not to muse, at least momentarily, on how far Australia still has to go.
Michael Lynch The surprise is not that Australia had to find bribes - or development money, for those with rather more delicate tastes - to try to promote its case to host the 2022 World Cup, but that it did so...
Michael Lynch As young players jockey to stake their claim as late selections for Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad, it must be remembered that a precocious talent does not always translate into a productive,...
Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.
Michael Lynch Arturo Vidal, Chile's main man, is used to having praise heaped upon him.
Michael Lynch, Cuiaba Australia might have gone down 3-1 to Chile in their opening World Cup qualifying match, but they went down fighting, and coach Ange Postecoglou's men are certain to adopt the same combative attitude...
Roy Ward and Michael Lynch Just as he played his football, Harry Kewell left the game on a stage of his making on Wednesday and did so with a hint of mischief.