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.

Koren finally set for derby debut as City seek to end Victory streak

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Michael Lynch Melbourne City is finally set to unleash its overseas marquee player Robert Koren on the A-League _ and he could not have chosen a more high profile game than Saturday night's derby against Melbourne...

Move over Mascherano ... Broxy's at the back

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Michael Lynch In the Melbourne Victory dressing room these days Leigh Broxham goes by the nickname of "Mascherano".

Suspension of Mark Milligan to force midfield reshuffle at Victory

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Mr Fixit, Leigh Broxham, could be asked to prove his versatility once again this season by stepping into midfield for the derby clash against Melbourne City to replace suspended...

City v Victory glamour clash in pre-Christmas A-League round

Michael Lynch It has been a pretty miserable season so far for City.

A-League round the final audition for Asian Cup hopefuls

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Michael Lynch For aspiring A-League based Socceroos, this weekend's round represents the last chance to impress Australia boss Ange Postecoglou before the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup country profiles: Iraq

Michael Lynch Iraq came second in a difficult group which included runaway winner Saudi Arabia and China; the 3-1 win over the Chinese in final game critical.

Melbourne Victory skipper Mark Milligan out for three games

Mark Milligan has been found guilty of serious foul play.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory skipper Mark Milligan has been suspended for three games after the A-League's match review panel deemed him guilty of serious foul play after he elbowed Sydney midfielder Terry...

Husband and wife duo David and Coral Feek join training ranks in latest racing partnership

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Michael Lynch If you are training the odd jumper its pretty handy if you can pop them over a hurdle or fence when the occasion demands.

City boss sees good signs as Melbourne pair prepare for second derby

Training: Josh Kennedy and Robert Koren on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne City the timing of the World Club Championship was not ideal given that its scheduled round 10 opponent, Western Sydney Wanderers, was half a world away.

Socceroo Josh Kennedy comes full circle in bid to fire Melbourne City to success

Full circle: Josh Kennedy has returned to Melbourne to continue his stellar soccer career.

Michael Lynch Its been a long and winding road, but after 15 years in Europe and Asia Josh Kennedy's football journey has taken him back _ almost to the exact position _ where it all started.

Former South Melbourne striker kicking up a storm in American college football


Michael Lynch It's not that unusual these days to find established stars of Australian Rules football making it big in the NFL as specialised kickers.

Arnold counts cost of injuries, flags January signings

The loss of key players gives Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold a huge headache as he prepares for the rest of the season.

Michael Lynch Sydney coach Graham Arnold can take one small measure of consolation from a classic encounter with Melbourne Victory which left him lamenting the injury toll against a team which, he says, dominated...

Mark Milligan faces anxious wait after elbow clash with Terry Antonis

Victory's Mark Milligan and Sydney's Terry Antonis collide during the A-League match on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory skipper Mark Milligan faces an anxious wait to find out whether he will be cited by the A-League's Match Review Panel on Monday following his ugly clash with Sydney midfielder Terry...

Archie Thompson hat-trick rolls back years as Melbourne Victory and Sydney FC share spoils in six-goal thriller


Michael Lynch An Archie Thompson hat-trick, the third providing the equaliser with 11 minutes remaining, preserved Melbourne Victory's unbeaten A-League run and ensured the hosts and Sydney shared the points in an...

Wanderers pay row has wider ramifications

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Michael Lynch Industrial disputes always leave a sour taste in the mouth, particularly when conducted in the glare of the media and attract plenty of high-profile comment.

Nathan Coe's odyssey finally delivers what he craves - first-team football

Diver: Nathan Coe at a Melbourne Victory training session.

Michael Lynch It's a perceived wisdom in footballing circles that goalkeepers are born, not made: after all, what sort of young boy or girl would deliberately choose to stand between the posts, often enduring long...

Victory women look to secure grand final berth

Striker Racheal Quigley (centre), Victory's leading goalscorer this season, is hoping to continue that record on Saturday in what is her first finals series.

Michael Lynch Most of Saturday's soccer attention will be focussed on the "big blue" at AAMI Stadium when Melbourne Victory entertain Sydney FC in the A-League.

Feast of A-League action kicks off with Friday night double-header

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Victorious and Glorious - Melbourne and Perth set A-League standard

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Michael Lynch It's hard to remember an A-League season like this one, where the successful teams have so clearly and so quickly broken away from the mediocre ones.