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.

International club friendly matches come with a buyer beware warning

Michael Lynch People who pay big money to see some of the biggest stars in the world game in action have every right to express their opinion, but matches like these always come with the label buyer beware.

Real Madrid ask Manchester City to move training from MCG to save surface

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez.

Michael Lynch The MCG's surface continues to be a major issue for the star European clubs who have arrived in Melbourne for the ICC tournament.

Raheem Sterling set to make Manchester City debut in Melbourne

Set for debut: Raheem Sterling.

Michael Lynch The most expensive English footballer in history, Manchester City's 49 million pound England international Raheem Sterling, is set to make his Sky Blue debut in Melbourne this week.

Raheem Sterling rises as City's currency strengthens

Controversial winger: Raheem Sterling.

Michael Lynch For a player who has not yet turned 21, Manchester City's record-breaking acquisition, Raheem Sterling, has already generated enough controversy to last most players a lifetime.

Soccer: Mauk's point-blank miss shows Melbourne City need a striker

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip had plenty of reasons to be cheerful following his side's late loss to the Premiership big boys of Manchester City, in their pre-season friendly at the...

Samir Nasri leaves it late in win over Melbourne City

Michael Lynch, Gold Coast In the tale of two Cities the men from Manchester did just enough to see off the men from Melbourne, a sumptuous volley from French international Samir Nasri with barely five minutes left on the...

The Real thing: how Cristiano Ronaldo won Melbourne's heart in a footy winter

Media pet: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid trains at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch Cristiano Ronaldo and Real Madrid all over the front page of The Saturday Age and in the news section as well as the sports pages.

Totti looks forward to MCG debut, talks up ex Glory boy Danny Da Silva

Francesco Totti, the man who scored the penalty that broke Australian hearts in 2006.

Michael Lynch Italian football may have been in the relative doldrums these past few seasons _ its five years since a Serie A club won the Champions League _ but the nation's top teams may now be ready to...

Real Madrid: Benitez talks up his players, but questions MCG pitch

Rafa Benitez, coach of Real Madrid

Michael Lynch Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez could probably find work as a diplomat if his football career stalled. 

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez queries MCG pitch ahead of Roma clash

Rafael Benitez

Michael Lynch Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez called the quality of the MCG playing surface into question ahead of his side's clash with Roma.

Soccer: Roma legend Francesco Totti to light up MCG

Francesco Totti, the man who scored the penalty that broke Australian hearts in 2006.

Michael Lynch He's not quite the hate figure for many Australians that his teammate Fabio Grosso is, but Francesco Totti, the player synonymous with Italian club Roma, is not exactly the pin-up boy for many...

Soccer: Spanish superstars look slick as pre-season workload builds

Soccer aristocrat: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid trains at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch Its doubtful if the cry "dar y ir" - loosely the Spanish for "give and go" - has been heard too often in the past at AAMI Park.

Soccer: It's City v City, but sibling rivalry won't get out of hand

Recent signing for Melbourne City: Michael Zullo.

Michael Lynch For many of the Melbourne City squad that boarded a flight to the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon, Saturday's clash with sister club Manchester City will be a career highlight - as well as a steep...

Stoppages: Soccer evolves tactics, rather than force change

Michael Lynch There are few sports in the world that change the rules as rarely as soccer.

Government wants Victory and City invited to the next big dance against Euro giants

Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren.

Michael Lynch Victorian sports minister John Eren says he will insist on either Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City being involved in the next high-profile soccer tournament staged in the state.

Real Madrid stars take to AAMI turf

Michael Lynch It might be the height of summer in Madrid, but for the Galacticos of the world's biggest club Melbourne's midwinter chill, while perhaps unexpected, was something to be shrugged off.

A-League: Melbourne City swoop for Michael Zullo as former Socceroo looks to reboot career

Michael Zullo pictured in early 2014.

Michael Lynch Former Socceroo Michael Zullo is set to rekindle his career with A-League club Melbourne City and could feature for the Australian side as it takes on its "big brother" Manchester City on the Gold...

Ronaldo's coming to Melbourne, but will this season be his Real swansong?

Christiano Ronaldo

Michael Lynch Cristiano Ronaldo will be the headline act when Real Madrid take on AS Roma at the MCG next Saturday - but will this be the superstar's last season in the all-white shirt of the Castilian club?

Real Madrid bring star power to Melbourne

Michael Lynch In a world of big sporting beasts, they are behemoths, and they will be in Melbourne for the next fortnight building their brand, selling shirts and reinforcing their commercial position as the...

Melbourne winter yields spring clues

Leading the way: Craig Williams steers Jessy Belle to victory at Flemington on Saturday.

Michael Lynch For a handful of horses the bleak midwinter is the time when the sun really shines.