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 coach hails team's mental strength after big derby win

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach delighted at the statement made by his team.

Victory smashes five and goes top as City crumbles

Victory's Besart Berisha celebrates one of his three goals.

Michael Lynch A sell-out crowd at Etihad for the first of the "new" Melbourne derbies deserved a blockbuster to celebrate the occasion. And what they got was a match to savour.

Cox Plate 2014: Brilliant Adelaide triumphs for Irishman Aidan O'Brien

Jockey Ryan Moore poses with his mini-Cox Plate after  riding Adelaide to victory.

Michael Lynch Irish maestro Aidan O'Brien became the first European raider to win the Cox Plate when Adelaide flashed home to claim glory.

Security a priority for Asian Cup organisers

Security challenges: Michael Brown.

Michael Lynch The head of the organising committee for the Asian Cup has acknowledged that the event poses many security challenges, but the risk of terrorism or disruption should not be over-estimated.  

Moonovermanhattan primed for Victoria Derby glory after Vase win

Running hot: Craig Williams on Moonovermanthattan leads the field at Moonee Valley.

Michael Lynch Caulfield trainer Mick Price and his regular rider, Craig Newitt, capped off a tremendous 24 hours together when their grey colt Moonovermanhattan galloped towards the top of the VRC Derby market...

Age - nor inexperience - no barrier on Cox Plate day

Fontiton (Mark Zahra up) wins the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch It is all about attitude and aptitude. Horses don't know how old they are, and if they are feeling good then it doesn't matter much.

Rupee burns them off and survives a protest to take Manikato

Craig Newitt riding Lankan Rupee is first past the post in the Manikato Stakes.

Michael Lynch In helter-skelter group 1 sprints where little separates the field, sometimes a bold ride can make all the difference.

John van't Schip looks at Socceroos stars Tim Cahill, Mark Bresciano and Josh Kennedy in bid to boost Melbourne City

Tim Cahill:

Michael Lynch In their new, cashed-up ambitious guise, no-one can accuse the Manchester City-owned Melbourne City of not thinking big.

John Aloisi reflects on Melbourne rivalry in the derby

John Aloisi in 2013, when he was head coach of Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch There are plenty of players with deep and abiding memories of the Melbourne A-League derby. But there are few, save Melbourne Victory's current coach, Kevin Muscat, with the experience of John...

David Villa deal: Caveat emptor, Valeri tells City ahead of derby sell-out

Carl Valeri reckons Victory has an advantage over Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Anything Sydney can do, Melbourne can do too. Sydney FC and West Sydney Wanderers set the bar high for attendance with their blockbuster derby at Allianz Stadium last Saturday night, but Melbourne...

Kick in the Balkans makes Melbourne Victory's Daniel Georgievski a tough nut

New challenge: Daniel Georgievski in action for Melbourne Victory against Adelaide

Michael Lynch An international, playing for his country and taking on the likes of Chelsea in the European Champions League. You've got it made, right? Wrong.

David Williams the man to fill the striking void for Melbourne City

David Williams (left) should now be at the peak of his powers.

Michael Lynch Whenever any media make the trip to Melbourne City's Latrobe University campus training area, striker David Williams is always one of the first out of the changing rooms to greet them.

It's all about us this season, says Rob Wielaert as City gears up for derby

On the right track: Rob Wielaert (right) stretches during a Melbourne City training session.

Michael Lynch Ask Rob Wielaert what the biggest single difference he notices about Melbourne City compared to Melbourne Heart, and his answer might suprise.

Melbourne City's Koren likely to be sidelined until December

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's foreign star Robert Koren is likely to be missing until December after suffering a setback to the calf injury which has kept him out of action since the start of the A-League season.

Victory women aim to steal the show

Net gain: Christine Nairn, centre, is embraced by Victory teammates after scoring.

Michael Lynch The women from Melbourne Victory and Canberra United will be aiming to steal the show at Etihad Stadium on Saturday night when they play in the curtain-raiser ahead of the Melbourne derby.

Pressure ... club or country, it's always there, says Socceroo Mark Milligan

Mark Milligan says the league table is rarely a guide when derbies roll around.

Michael Lynch Melbourne derby matches or international fixtures in difficult environments against tough opponents.

Melbourne City confident David Villa will return after trip to New York

Super start: David Villa relishes his first goal for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City football chiefs are hopeful that Spanish superstar David Villa will play 10 matches with the club, culminating in the round 11 pre-Christmas derby with Melbourne Victory.

David Villa saves Melbourne City again with late equaliser against Newcastle Jets

David Villa.

Michael Lynch David Villa once again proved Melbourne City's saviour as he lashed home a second half equaliser for the second weekend in a row to rescue a point for his side on his home A-League debut.

David proves to be a Goliath for Melbourne City

Melbourne City fans cheer their team on during the game against Newcastle Jets.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip could only rue his side's inability to capitalise on its possession – and thank the fact that he has Spanish World Cup winner David Villa in his armoury...

Delighted owner Riichi Kondo sets sights on biggest Cup of all

Riichi Kondo (centre), with Zac Purton (left) and Tomoyuki Umeda.

Michael Lynch Riichi Kondo, one of the Japanese racing industry's biggest players, has achieved something none of his countrymen have before - winning the Caulfield Cup.