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.

Soccer Wage Row: Talks break down between players union and FFA over new deal

Michael Lynch The Australian soccer players union, the PFA, says it will take legal advice over its industrial options following the breakdown of talks between it and the game's governing body, the FFA, on a new...

Peter Filopoulos quits Swimming Australia to clean up Perth Glory

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Michael Lynch Swimming administrator Peter Filopoulos has swapped the cleanliness of the pool deck to take on one of soccer's dirty jobs – a cleaning-up role at salary cap-rorting Perth Glory.

The money will flow ... if Matildas' success boosts crowds and media interest

Underpaid: The Matildas get an annual wage of $21,000 from the FFA.

Michael Lynch Should the Matildas be getting fatter pay packets for their efforts in reaching the last eight of the women's World Cup?

Hume see off Kingston to gain spot in last 32 of FFA Cup

Michael Lynch Hume City became the fourth National Premier League Victoria side to qualify for the last 32 of the FFA Cup when they saw off NPL 1 side Kingston City 2-0 in a closely contented tie at Broadmeadows...

FFA Cup holds out hopes and dreams for rich and poor alike

The FFA minnows will be looking to emulate Bentleigh Greens efforts last year.

Michael Lynch Most teams enter a competition hoping to win. But for the 21 non A League clubs who go into the draw for the round of 32 in the FFA Cup next week, the motivations will be decidedly mixed. 

Mark Milligan leaves Melbourne Victory for Middle East

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory faces an almost impossible task in finding a like for like replacement for its captain and Australian marquee player, Mark Milligan, who is leaving the champions for a big money...

Manchester City to play friendly with Melbourne City on Gold Coast

Manchester City will play a friendly on the Gold Coast.

Michael Lynch There are some advantages to having Manchester City as your parent club, but for Melbourne City, playing them at home isn't one of them.

Heidelberg United's gamble pays off with big win over Goulburn Valley Suns

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Michael Lynch Heidelberg United's gamble pays off with entry into next round and chance to play A-League team.

Darwin features lure Brown back north – and heat's an added attraction

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Michael Lynch The temperatures might be plummeting in Melbourne and the racing taking on a decidedly wintry feel, but one man who is looking to escape the big chill and make his mark in warmer climes is former...

A-League: City snap up Corey Gameiro as the striker looks to re-ignite career

Doing well: Corey Gameiro says he's ahead of schedule in his rehabilitation.

Michael Lynch It never hurts for a striker to score spectacular goals. You don't know who among the watchers might one day want to sign you.

Women's World Cup: Matildas make history but it's not the full story

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Michael Lynch The Matildas have broken new ground with their stunning success over Brazil in the Women's World Cup round of 16, making them the first Australian football team to have won a knockout match in a...

Far from a Dunn deal, but Dwayne takes premiership lead with Valley treble

Hat-trick: Dwayne Dunn rides Mawahib to victory on his way to a treble that puts him ahead in the jockeys premiership.

Michael Lynch Just 18 months ago senior jockey Dwayne Dunn feared his career might be over as he struggled to recover from a back injury that kept him out of the saddle.

Mark Kavanagh targets summer dashes as Wild Rain shows clean pair of heels

Glen Boss rides Wild Rain to victory in the Pantry Packer Handicap at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch It wasn't so much making hay while the sun shone as the cool blasts and chilly temperatures made it more like a day for ice cube production than fodder manufacture at Moonee Valley on Saturday...

Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker under scrutiny after Diamdeme's late scratching from Tatts Tiara

Happy days: Brenton Avdulla scored on No Tricks at the Gold Coast.

Michael Lynch, Phil Lutton and Chris Roots Sydney trainer Bjorn Baker faces a nervous wait after Diademe was a late scratching from the Tattersall's Tiara because of the suspicion that it had been treated on raceday .

Peter Moody favourite scratched by stewards on suspicion of raceday treatment

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Michael Lynch Peter Moody has been in the headlines as part of an ongoing cobalt investigation of his galloper Lidari, but even though he is away on holiday he was in the spotlight at Moonee Valley on Saturday...

Socceroos or Croatia? The family ties that bind

Another well-known member of the Croatian community who has made a name in Australian soccer is Tony Popovic.

Michael Lynch Down the decades, all manner of men from all manner of ethnic backgrounds have worn the green and gold Socceroos shirt. 

A-League: Stability leads to success, argues players' union in new survey

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Michael Lynch Stability generally leads to success. Strong management and a committed workforce that buys into the project and gets rewards for its efforts tends to bring dividends in the business world.

If it's not believable, why bet on it or watch it?

Mark Kavanagh is facing cobalt charges as the integrity issue heats up.

Michael Lynch The entertainment business does not, in general, need to be real to be credible.

FFA: Falvo takes on new football politics role

New FFA executive Mark Falvo (centre) shaking hands with ex Socceroo Brett Emerton during the Asian Cup trophy tour last year.

Michael Lynch Fresh from helping to successfully run the Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year Mark Falvo has rejoined the FFA's management team in a new role as head of international affairs and government...

Jake Bayliss breaks drought with double as Dunn closes in on Oliver and Williams

Jake Bayliss rode his first winner for two months and promptly made it a double.

Michael Lynch Champion trainer Darren Weir notched a midweek double to stretch his lead over Peter Moody in the metropolitan trainers title race to three.