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.

Victory can better record-breakers Roar, says Kosta Barbarouses, and he should know

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. 

Melbourne Victory poised to rule A-League roost, but Asia the big challenge

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and captain Mark Milligan with the A-League trophy at Federation Square.

Michael Lynch Winning the premiership is the - relatively - straightforward job. Building on that achievement is a far tougher assignment.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat warns rivals: we can only get better

Victory coach Kevin Muscat speaks to Carl Valeri during the grand final.

Michael Lynch For Kevin Muscat it was the culmination of a 10-month odyssey. 

Victory the champions in grand final romp as Sydney outclassed

Victory players hold the trophy aloft after defeating Sydney FC in the A-League grand final on Sunday.

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.

The big men step up at the biggest moments, and few come bigger than Besart Berisha

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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...

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Riches come long after the A-League trophy is lifted for grand final winner

Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan and coach Kevin Muscat speak to the media on Saturday.

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.

Anger over banning of Victory banner at A-League grand final

Melbourne Victory fans.

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.

Melbourne-Sydney rivalry reignited by grand final clash: Kevin Muscat

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque with Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan.

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.

Melbourne Victory's Gui Finkler ready for grand final

Guilherme Finkler of the Victory.

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...

Kevin Muscat's year of success can be crowned with championship victory

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Michael Lynch It's been an extraordinary season for Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Muscat can equal Postecoglou record with Victory win, if only the record books would show it

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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.

Right teams in title showdown, says Postecoglou

Postecoglou knows those Victory players who were there under his tutelage well, but he also has links with numerous Sydney men.

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.

Di Pietro labels AFL as 'mean spirited' and 'small minded'

Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro has kept his own counsel during the increasingly frenetic debate over the grand final stadium debacle.

Aaron Mooy scoops City pool in club awards

Stand-out: Aaron Mooy earned his accolades.

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.

Victory veteran Archie Thompson right to rage against the dying of the light

Archie Thompson and Jason Geria at a training session on Tuesday.

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.

'Give me a new deal or I'll move elsewhere', Archie Thompson tells Melbourne Victory

Archie Thompson would go elsewhere to continue his career.

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...

Muscat takes coach of the year, Burns wins Warren Medal

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat poses with the A-League Coach of the Year Award on Monday night.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat has won the highest individual honour a coach can win in the domestic game.

A-League grand final debacle could happen again as stadium dispute rumbles on

There is as yet no signed agreement between the FFA and the AFL to ensure that Etihad Stadium will be available for the A-League grand final over the next decade.

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...

Nobody wins in A-League grand final stadium imbroglio

Melbourne Victory fans.

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.

Class-conscious Dwyer picks the right mark

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.