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.

A-League mid-season review: Victory late stutter should not cloud excellent 2015

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory 2015 has been an "annus mirabilis" despite the club's recent stutter. 

Ellerton-Zahra's New Year dream comes true with Flemington four

Durendal wins the Standish Handicap at Flemington on New Year's Day.

Michael Lynch Good double acts always work best when they come as a pair of opposites.. 

David Williams to Adelaide, Osama Malik to Melbourne City as swap talks continue

Osama Malik of Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is remaining tight lipped, but talks are underway with Adelaide United over a straight swap which would see the Reds centre-back Osama Malik move to Melbourne, with City...

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic would love to see a W-League full of Cities

Melbourne City

Michael Lynch When Melbourne City's players accepted the W-League premiers plate after the 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar earlier this week, there were few teams who have earned the plaudits as much as the women in...

Archie Thompson, Jacob Melling could be in for Victory, City

Set to start: Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson could be set to make his first start of the A-League season this weekend as Kevin Muscat looks to kick start his ailing team for the away trip to Newcastle on Sunday.

Danny Vukovic admits he has to get better and Victory defence must tighten up

Quite a catch: Goalkeeper Danny Vukovic has been an important recruit for Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory goalkeeper Danny Vukovic doesn't need to be reminded that he hasn't quite performed to his usual high standards this season, the level that made him one of Kevin Muscat's key...

Soccer: Joe Montemurro will stay calm as W-League rivals plot City finals downfall

Melbourne City

Michael Lynch Joe Montemurro, the successful coach of Melbourne City's W-League team, is delighted to have achieved a career highlight having guided the club to a record breaking Premiers Plate.

A-League: Central Coast Mariners may be shipping water, but without relegation they won't sink

Liam Rose rues another Central Coast Mariners defeat.

Michael Lynch A-League strugglers safe so long as Football Federation Australia continues to shun a relegation system.

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W-League: Melbourne City crowned premiers

W-League premiers: Melbourne City's Kim Little celebrates after scoring the decisive goal against Brisbane Roar.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City are the W-League premiers in their foundation season after claiming a gripping 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar.

Soccer: Melbourne Victory still in a hole, reasons for City to be cheerful as 2016 looms

Hot form: Bruno Fornaroli scored his 10th goal for the season in City's loss to Brisbane

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory snapped its four game losing streak and took a point through a 1-1  with Perth Glory.

Soccer: Besart Berisha a figure of love and hate, depending on who you support

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch 'Ooh, Besart Berisha, Ooh, Besart Berisha", the crowd at AAMI Park chant, just as their predecessors at Suncorp Stadium used to sing when the fiery Albanian was in the orange of Brisbane Roar rather...

Soccer: Muscat says Victory must take a good look at itself after Glory draw

Edgy: Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat admitted that his side was lacking in conviction in its finishing and was perhaps weighed down by the weight of expectation as it failed to close out a game...

Soccer: Victory stutter to draw with struggling Glory as winless streak continues

Strike force: Melbourne Victory's Besart Berisha celebrates after scoring a penalty against Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory and Perth Glory share the spoils in a tale of two penalties.

Peter Moody's cobalt headache not stopping him sending out winners

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 26:  Trainer Peter Moody after the win of Hell of an Effort in Race 2 during Melbourne Racing at Caulfield Racecourse on December 26, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch It's been a traumatic 12 months for champion trainer Peter Moody, but this hasn't stopped him sending out winners.

Racing 2015: a year lit up by Michelle Payne and darkened by cobalt

Michelle Payne: The first female jockey to win a Melbourne Cup.

Michael Lynch If there is one story that has dominated the Australian racing year even more than Michelle Payne's extraordinary Melbourne Cup triumph it is the running sore that is the cobalt drug issue.

Wild about Harry as Coffey lands stakes double and Weir notches treble

Harry Coffey rides Tuscan Sling to victory in the Cup Club Christmas Stakes on Saturday.

Michael Lynch If sporting triumph is about overcoming obstacles, believing in yourself, showing courage and being good enough to take your chances when they come, then there are few who have better claims to...

Olyroos selection throws spotlight on value of youth tournaments

Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar is well within his rights to howl down the protests of local coaches in a bid to get Australia to the big dance.

Michael Lynch So just how big a deal is the Olympic Football Tournament anyway?

A-League: Ivan Franjic the good luck charm as Melbourne City look to continue winning streak

Ivan Franjic celebrates with fans after last weekend's derby.

Michael Lynch When Ivan Franjic signed for Melbourne City the club's hierarchy would have expected him to provide speed, commitment, power, technical quality and the sort of big game know how that comes from...

A-League: Thomas Deng set to start in Melbourne Victory reshuffle as Rashid Mahazi misses Perth clash

Thomas Deng will play in the absence of Rashid Mahazi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory midfielder Rashid Mahazi will miss the ailing champions' must win game against Perth Glory on Sunday afternoon after failing to come up following an exhaustive run of matches...

Olympic tournament a nightmare for clubs, but no easy solution at hand

Michael Lynch Spare a thought this Christmas and New Year for Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Brisbane Roar counterpart John Aloisi. It is hardly likely to be an easy start to 2016 for either of them.