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.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah urges fans to stay - but understands if they walk out

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's star winger Fahid Ben Khallfallah will understand if angry Melbourne Victory fans walk out of the game in protest on Saturday night.

Palace crash in shock loss to Sunderland: whither Jedinak in January?

Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak is always a go to man with the national team, where his tough tackling, leadership and ability to chip in with headed goals or with free kicks makes him a key asset.

Ivan Franjic focused on boosting Melbourne City and regaining Socceroos shirt

Ivan Franjic (left) is keen to return after a long injury lay-off.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi surprised many last Friday night when he came out post-game and labelled Melbourne City, the team with whom his league leaders had just drawn, as "anti-football".

Soccer: Jamie Vardy one for the late bloomers, A-League sides take note

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Michael Lynch You can't judge a book by its cover. Or you should never make decisions on footballers until their career is definitively over.

Racing: Michelle Payne is personality plus as Patrick Bartley wins news award

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne.

Michael Lynch Michelle Payne's feet have hardly touched the ground since she made history by becomning the first woman to ride the winner of the Melbourne Cup.

Senior FFA executive John Kelly quits to take media job

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Michael Lynch The sweeping management changes at the top of Australian soccer continue with the FFA's chief operating officer, John Kelly, quitting the organisation for a high profile media job.

Pssst: The Weapon appears again

Dean Robinson during a game in 2012.

Larissa Nicholson, Linda Pearce, Jesse Hogan, Michael Lynch, and Stathi Paxinos A few eyebrows were raised during the week when Dean Robinson appeared at a free seminar as a guest speaker on using on-field technology to improve high performance.

Symons all smiles after Murt The Flirt puts him back in winners stall

Michael Lynch Chris Symons has been out of the saddle for nearly six months following a horror fall at Bendigo in the depths of winter when he broke his shoulder and fractured his T6 vertebrae, as well as...

Ballarat Cup: Form is temporary, class is permanent for victor Junoob

Brad Rawiller riding Junoob after winning the Ballarat Cup.

Michael Lynch Given a smart ride by Brad Rawiller, Junoob rewarded punters who were prepared to back trainer Chris Waller's judgement when he took out the listed Ballarat Cup on Saturday.

Claro El Banco scoots home the 'wrong way' - next stop the Gold Coast

Craig Newitt guides Claro El Banco home.

Michael Lynch Peter Seaman usually attends the races behind the wheel of an ambulance, following the gallopers as they thunder round the Mornington race track.

Red Cadeaux captured our hearts

Red Cadeaux was an Australian fan favourite.

Michael Lynch He was the horse whose bravery, guts and  gallantry captured the hearts of all Australians, the once a year punter and the hard bitten racegoer.

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John van 't Schip's Melbourne City youngsters do the job against league leaders Roar

Young gun: City's David Williams (seen on top of Roar's Matt McKay) was called into action against Brisbane Roar.

Michael Lynch It is a characteristic of successful coaches to put their trust in young players.

Expanded World Cup groups test Socceroos mentality and technical ability

The Socceroos got the job done in Bangladesh.

Michael Lynch When the Asian Football Confederation revamped its World Cup qualifying programme to broaden and extend the number of teams involved in the group stages there were groans from several of the regional...

Victory looking forward to longer break

Guilherme Finkler of Victory celebrates.

Michael Lynch Even the best teams with the deepest squads, like A-League champions Melbourne Victory, find the going tough when the games pile up.

Lowy in choppy waters as he plots course for soccer's ship of state

New FFA chairman Steven Lowy.

Michael Lynch Being a revolutionary means you have to take on entrenched interests, break down institutions and institute wholesale change.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat hopes nine-day gap helps injured players recover

Coach Kevin Muscat hopes to have most of his players fit before the next game.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's heavy recent workload has left numerous bruised and battered bodies in the dressing room.

Victory go to top of A-League table after comfortable win over Central Coast

Guilherme Finkler of Victory enjoys the adulation of his teammates after scoring.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has hit the top of the A-League ladder for the first time this season after easing to a 2-1 win over Central Coast Mariners in front of more than 16,000 fans at AAMI Park.

Melbourne City admit pitch and older players may be reason for injury crisis

Pitch not-so-perfect: Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip has plenty of injury concerns.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City may have a state of the art training centre with some of the most expensive pitches in the country, but it hasn't stopped the club suffering an extraordinary run of soft tissue...

The only way is up for rock-bottom City, says Corey Gameiro

Looking up: Melbourne City's Corey Gameiro expects a big improvement from his team.

Michael Lynch There's only one place you can go when you hit rock-bottom.

Kevin Muscat tips goal feast at AAMI as adventurous Mariners come to town

Thinking about a shootout: Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat expects a lively clash with the Central Coast Mariners.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory are relentless going forward and pride themselves on their ability to outscore any opposition.