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.

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

Gridiron.

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

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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

Michael Lynch Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar

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.

Melbourne Victory players back Western Sydney Wanderers' pay claims

Kosta Barbarouses says the Wanderers issue is one that concerns all players in the A-League.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Kiwi international Kosta Barbarouses says his teammates are fully behind their Western Sydney Wanderers colleagues in their Club World Championships row.

Wanderers mess so avoidable as goodwill evaporates and credibility takes a blow

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Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers' threatened boycott of the Club World Championships is embarrassing for Australia and Asia.

Ange Postecoglou confident results will come in the Asian Cup

Eyes on the prize: Socceroo Mark Milligan and coach Ange Postecoglou with the Asian Cup.

Michael Lynch When you are trying to rebuild a team, regenerate its playing style and re-boot its off-field organisation, it's hard to set immediate goals and priorities.

Ange Postecoglou names provisional 46-man Socceroos squad for Asian Cup

There are some familiar faces in the squad such as Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has named a provisional 46-man squad ahead of the 2015 Asian Cup. 

Changes made to lift Melbourne City's spirit, says John van 't Schip

John van't Schip watches the game on Sunday.

Michael Lynch A 1-0 win from a lucky penalty is hardly a resounding way to break your home duck for the season, but for a team that was on the end of a 5-1 mauling a week earlier, any win will do.

Relief as City grab first home win of the season

Daniel Bowles of Roar and Ben Garuccio of City contest the  ball at AAMI Park on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Pretty football, elegant movement and silky skills are all well and good, but when your team is in free-fall and questions are being asked about your job, what a coach needs more than anything is a...

Asian Cup squad to contain some surprise names

Nathan Burns looks set to get a recall to Socceroos duties.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou set to name almost 50 contenders when he unveils a preliminary Asian Cup squad.

Melbourne City's John van't Schip under pressure

John van't Schip leaves the field after the final whistle on Sunday.

Michael Lynch City's paymasters have shown patience but they have their own high expectations.