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.

Asian Champions League: Victory determined to break drought and get out of group

Michael Lynch The last time Kevin Muscat had anything to do with Sven Goran Eriksson the latter was England manager and Muscat was part of the Australian squad that humbled Eriksson's side 3-1 at Upton Park in a...

Alex Wilkinson ready for derby debut if coach John van 't Schip gives him the nod

Key to the City: Newly signed Melbourne City defender Alex Wilkinson.

Michael Lynch If things had gone slightly differently in the January transfer window there is a chance that Alex Wilkinson could have been poised to mark his return to the A-League in the navy blue of Melbourne...

Soccer: Derby clash could define City and Victory's finals hopes

Referee Adam Fielding issues a red card to Jacob Melling of Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Its just as well for Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip that he remains committed to the team's attacking philosophy, as a combination of suspension, lack of match sharpness and injury will mean...

Racing: Carey plots further triumphs at sales as he misses city double

Michael Lynch Trainer Pat Carey is almost never absent whenever he has a runner at the races.

A-League: Flares only give succour to those who would hurt soccer

Wanderers fans let off flares during Saturday's A-League match between Melbourne Victory and Western Sydney Wanderers at Etihad Stadium.

Michael Lynch I used to argue that flares at soccer matches were all part of the theatre, drama and glamour of the occasion. Not in Australia.

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Soccer: Wanderers lay down championship marker while Victory must regroup

Missed: Wanderers goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne cannot stop Besart Berisha from scoring in Victory's 1-1 draw on Saturday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory and Etihad Stadium are usually a match made in heaven. Which is why Saturday night's sizzler may ultimately prove a significant marker for the finals formguide.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat says team faced toughest test against Wanderers

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat admits his side was given its toughest test of the season by Western Sdyney Wanderers.

Wanderers grab late leveller against Victory, but flares a black mark on club

Victory's Besart Berisha (right) beats Wanderers' goalkeeper Andrew Redmayne to put his team ahead.

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers may well be the best team in the A-League. The table and the finals series will prove that one way or another.

Puritan stakes claim for the autumn with Manfred Stakes win

Bright future: Nick Hall drives Puritan past Golden Spin (right) and Ready For Victory (left) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch When a progressive three year old gelding wins a 1200 metre Group 3 race first up in February against a host of promising colts and geldings the temptation is always to see him as a potential Guineas...

Price and Hayes/Dabernig camps stake Diamond claims with impressive pair

In charge: Damian Lane rides Valliano to win the Inglis Premier at Caulfield.

Michael Lynch To win one of Australia's great two-year-old races – the Blue Diamond or the Golden Slipper – you need a precocious horse that is "bombproof", a galloper that is uncomplicated, easy to...

Melbourne City look for defensive stability as title race enters final stage

Michael Lynch If ever a club needed to sign a defender it was Melbourne City, struggling with an injury-prone defence and a propensity to leak goals unmatched by any teams in the A-League other than cellar...

All that glistens is not necessarily gold, but China looks like soccer's El Dorado

Yaya Toure of Manchester City (left) is reported to have been offered staggering sums to play in China.

Michael Lynch The impact Chinese clubs have had on the January transfer window has been staggering. 

Alex Wilkinson confirmed at Melbourne City, but won't play against Newcastle Jets

Latest signing: Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson has joined Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City have confirmed Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson will be joining the title-chasing club in a deal that will take him through to the end of the current A-League season.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat not looking for Carl Valeri replacement

Club man: Leigh Broxham will play his 200th game for Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he is not chasing an injury replacement for captain Carl Valeri, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a virus that has affected his...

Brain condition ends Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri's season

Out for the season: Carl Valeri.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's fears have been confirmed with the news that captain Carl Valeri will miss the remainder of the A-League season, as he recovers from an inflammatory condition affecting part of...

Melbourne City need defensive reinforcement and Alex Wilkinson fits the bill

Potential signing: Alex Wilkinson.

Michael Lynch Socceroos centre back Alex Wilkinson is set to sign for A-League title chasers Melbourne City unless an 11th hour bid from a cashed up Chinese club prises him out of City's grasp.

Soccer: Fahid Ben Khalfallah cops one-match ban

Fahid Ben Khalfallah walks past Kevin Muscat after being sent off.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will be without forward Fahid Ben Khalfallah for one game after the FFA's match review panel confirmed a one-match suspension for the Tunisian international.

Racing: Valley set for Chinese frolics while Price tips Tarzino to be Derby star

Michael Lynch It might be the Chinese Year of the Monkey when the old year ends and the new one begins early next week.

Soccer: Terry's Chelsea departure could spark calls for A-League bids

Michael Lynch John Terry's likley departure from Chelsea at the end of the season has sparked a wave of speculation about where he might spend the remaining days of his career, with the A-League being touted...