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.

Ecstatic Kevin Muscat salutes his Premiers Plate winners

Michael Lynch and Jesse Hogan For a footballing traditionalist like Kevin Muscat, topping the table after the home-and-away season is the honour that really counts.

Victory seal Premiership Plate with comfortable win over Mariners

Fine footwork: Anthony Caceres of Central Coast and Leigh Broxham of Melbourne compete.

Michael Lynch A coronation needs an appropriate celebration, and that's what  22,285 Melbourne Victory fans got on Sunday afternoon when their team sealed the A-League's Premiers Plate with an...

Salary cap, loan fee charges key topics in A-League wage talks

Perth Glory has been excluded from the finals for salary cap violations.

Michael Lynch With the A-League home and away season ending and the finals looming over the next few weeks, the issue of the competition's Collective Bargaining Agreement falls into sharper relief.

City shocker puts heat on van 't Schip to turn things around quickly

John van 't Schip:

Michael Lynch If ever Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip is going to earn his wages it will be over the next few days as he tries to turn his inconsistent side around in time to be competitive in the A-League...

Melbourne City coach hopeful of turnaround in finals

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip speaks to the media after Saturday's game.

Michael Lynch His team might have just been on the end of a 4-1 hammering by Adelaide United but Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip retains the faith that they can turn things around inside a week and progress...

Adelaide rout lacklustre Melbourne City in finals warm-up romp

Harry Novillo (right) of Melbourne City competes for the ball with Pablo Snchez Alberto of Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Adelaide United tuned up for the finals in tremendous style when they put a poor Melbourne City side, who finished with ten players following Kew Jaliens second half dismissal,  to the sword at...

John Sadler seeks more SA riches after Japhil's Morphettville triumph

Michael Lynch Victorian trainer John Sadler is no stranger to success in South Australia, and he added to his Adelaide bank balance on Saturday with improving three year old filly Japhils in the listed HC Nitschke...

A-League salary cap dramas: someone will always sail close to the wind

James Troisi scored Australia's crucial second goal in the recent 2-2 draw with Germany.

Michael Lynch Wherever there is a salary cap there will be smart negotiators and club list managers, agents and officials trying to find ways to push it to the limit to gain an edge.

City need to show mental toughness for finals, says coach

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Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip acknowledges that his players have to have a tougher mindset in adversity if they are to make any progress into the A-League finals.

A-League grand final will likely be at AAMI if Melbourne Victory make it: Gallop

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Michael Lynch If Melbourne Victory hosts the Grand Final it now seems almost certain that it will be played at AAMI Park _ even though using the boutique venue will cost the FFA hundreds of thousands of dollars in...

Foreign legion make all the difference in A-League

Matthieu Delpierre's calm presence at the back has stiffened Victory's defence.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory, Sydney, Wellington, Adelaide. Even disgraced Perth Glory. What do they all have in common this season, apart from filling the top five places on the A-League?

Professional Footballers Australia unveils Team of the Decade contenders

Victors?: Archie Thompson and Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch The shortlist for Professional Footballers Australia's Team of the Decade has been announced.

Melbourne Victory sign Fahid Ben Khalfallah for two more years

Fahid Ben Khalfallah has been one of the standout players in the league this season.

Michael Lynch Exciting Tunisian winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah will be staying at Melbourne Victory's navy blue for the next two seasons after the club confirmed at a Friday morning press conference that the...

City set for finals rehearsal with Adelaide

Bouncing back: Melbourne City's Patrick Kisnorbo says they are keen to put the Perth Glory loss behind them.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City captain Patrick Kisnorbo insists that his side's 3-1 loss to Perth Glory last weekend was a one-off slip up and that the Manchester City owned club is poised to regain its momentum...

Money worries, mental and physical problems haunt many retired soccer players

Michael Lynch Nearly one in five Australian soccer players surveyed by their union report that their career has had a negative impact on their financial position, while almost 20 per cent admitted they had mental...

Anyone for an A-League championship decider at the Cake Tin in Wellington?

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Coach Ernie Merrick (L) of the Phoenix and coach Tony Walmsley of the Mariners chat prior to kick-off during the round 26 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch The impasse over a potential venue for a Melbourne A-League grand final has been occupying Football Federation Australia, but another tricky situation - the prospect of a championship decider in...

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FFA confident of finals deal, just not this year

FFA CEO David Gallop.

Michael Lynch There might not yet be any agreement over a venue for this year's A-League Grand Final if it is to be staged in Melbourne.

Napthine weighs in as A-League grand final becomes political football

Victory's Mark Milligan breaks away from Dimitri Petratos of the Roar on Friday.

Michael Lynch The A-League grand final venue has become a political football. Literally as well as metaphorically.

City need to bounce back against Adelaide to regain momentum

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi makes a save off an effort by Daniel De Silva of Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch There's nothing like going into a finals series with momentum.

Strugglers battling to get over poor starts

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Michael Lynch When teams get off to a bad start in any season they often find it almost impossible to catch up, and that familiar story is being repeated at local level in the National Premier League Victoria.