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.

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip took over after Aloisi was sacked.

War of words: The bust-up between van 't Schip and Aloisi

Nothing is as ugly as when friends fall out. Confidences held, secrets shared, dreams forged together and ambitions held in unison suddenly all seem worthless when friendship turns to indifference at best, or enmity at worst.

Trackwork: Tommy Berry riding Curren Mirotic. Japanese turnover on the Cup was $87 million.

Spring carnival poorer without foreign raiders: RV

A decade ago Australian racehorse trainers were complaining about the influx of foreign raiders cashing in on Melbourne's big spring carnival races, with even a legend like the late Bart Cummings floating the idea of a cap on international runners in the Melbourne Cup.

Stirring: Melbourne City goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis' 'excessive celebrations' after City's equaliser.

City and Roar add to grudge history with ill-tempered draw

Melbourne City and Brisbane Roar is fast becoming one of the biggest grudge matches in the A-League, and Saturday night's edgy, ill-tempered draw between the teams added another chapter in a rivalry that is becoming characterised by its niggle and spite.