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 Melbourne Victory's Kiwi winger Kosta Barbarouses was part of the Brisbane Roar team that won that club's first championship and embarked on a record-breaking unbeaten run.
Michael Lynch Winning the premiership is the - relatively - straightforward job. Building on that achievement is a far tougher assignment.
Michael Lynch For Kevin Muscat it was the culmination of a 10-month odyssey.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory romped to a comprehensive grand final triumph, claiming their third A-League Championship with a scintillating 3-0 win over a Sydney side that was never in the contest.
Michael Lynch Grand finals turn on moments. That's the conventional wisdom. Either that, or it's an heroic performance by a man of destiny - often an unconsidered, unlikely hero - who turns the course of his...
Michael Lynch There are no immediate riches in store for either Melbourne Victory or Sydney FC should they triumph in Sunday's A-League Grand Final.
Michael Lynch A Melbourne Victory active supporter group has been banned from displaying a banner at the A-League Grand Final because the club and the FFA have deemed it unacceptable for public display.
Michael Lynch Sydney boss Graham Arnold has been there before, coaching a losing grand final team in agonising circumstances, then winning one with the minimum of fuss.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler has played in plenty of big games during his long and much travelled career, nominating a grand final for his then club, Caixas, against Brazilian...
Michael Lynch It's been an extraordinary season for Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.
Michael Lynch Its the tenth A-League Grand Final on Sunday, a time for marking milestones and looking back, savouring the highlights of the competition's first decade.
Michael Lynch As far as Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou is concerned the top two teams are rightfully facing off against each other in Sunday's Grand Final. And there are no ifs and buts.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro has kept his own counsel during the increasingly frenetic debate over the grand final stadium debacle.
Michael Lynch At times this season it felt as though Melbourne City was a one man team, such was the dominance of midfielder Aaron Mooy and his importance in their tactical set up.
Michael Lynch Archie Thompson is raging against the dying of the light – and he certainly doesn't plan to go gentle into that, or any other, good night.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory legend Archie Thompson has challenged the club to offer him a new deal to take him into an eleventh season but made it clear that if Victory don't he wants to go elsewhere to...
Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat has won the highest individual honour a coach can win in the domestic game.
Michael Lynch and Caroline Wilson The stadium row between the AFL and the FFA which has forced the A-League grand final to be played at the unsuitably small AAMI Park has yet to be resolved - sparking fears that the same debacle...
Michael Lynch The best thing that can be said about the A-League grand final being played at AAMI Park is that the atmosphere will be electric. Beyond that there are no positives.
Michael Lynch There's an old adage in racing which trainers are advised to run their businesses by : keep yourself in the best of company, and your horses in the worst.