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.

Glory in the gun and FFA must act hard and fast if integrity of A-League has been compromised

Michael Lynch "If it were done when 'tis done, then 'twere well It were done quickly". 

Melbourne City keep look to cement finals spot against Wanderers

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Michael Lynch Melbourne City cannot afford to let the Perth Glory salary cap investigation cloud their thinking as they push to secure the final play off spot , coach John van't Schip says.

Smells like championship spirit, says Leigh Broxham

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory midfielder Leigh Broxham knows what a successful season smells like.

South and the Bergers rekindle the memories

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Michael Lynch It used to be one of the biggest games on the soccer calendar. Back in the day, before the A-League, televised matches and seven-figure salaries for the imported stars in the Australian game.

Victory win, Wellington defeat sets up blockbuster

Two-goal hero Gui Finkler of the Victory is fouled by Zac Anderson of the Central Coast Mariners.

Michael Lynch Winning with style is important, but sometimes its just more essential to get a result. 

City in control of their own fate and surely can't blow it now

Robert Koren of Melbourne City leaps over Brisbane Roar goalkeeper Jamie Young during the round 23 match on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is where it wants to be: in charge of its own destiny with four games of the A-League regular season remaining.

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip says points all that mattered

The points are ours: Melbourne City players after they defeated the Roar on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City struck early, and then failed to capitalise on their early breakthrough.

Cavalcade of stars in Melbourne Victory team of the decade

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Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick will be doing everything in his power to beat Melbourne Victory on Easter Sunday and ensure that his current club makes history by winning its first...

City edge Roar to put themselves in box seat for finals

Brisbane's Jack Hingert (left) is pressured by City's James Brown.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City took a giant step towards a finals berth when they edged out closest rivals Brisbane Roar 1-0 in a nervous game in front of 9561 fans at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Kevin Muscat wants improvement as Melbourne Victory down Central Coast Mariners

The Mariners gather together after taking the lead against Melbourne Victory in Friday's match.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory might have gone home with the points after a hard-fought win over Central Coast Mariners, but it was the coach of the losers – interim boss Tony Walmsley – who sounded...

Gui Finkler magic relieves tension for Victory coach Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat admitted that it wasn't pretty, but was happy to take the three points courtesy of two "magical" Gui Finkler goals that brought his side a 2-1 win over a well...

Victory wear down stubborn Mariners to take second spot on A-League ladder

Gui Finkler of the Victory puts his team level with the Mariners on Friday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat insisted during the week leading up to his side's clash with Central Coast Mariners that there were many twists and turns left in the five-cornered fight for the...

Finals loom for Melbourne City, but much more expected next season

City man; Big things are expected of Robert Koren at Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Of the five foreign players on Melbourne City's books at present, only one _  marquee player Robert Koren _ is likely to be with the Manchester City owned subsidiary next season.

Griffiths, Zahra and Faction run into the history books at new Pakenham

 With a growing appetite for racing in Asia and Europe, some believe Victoria could earn more on-selling the international rights themselves, rather than letting Sky Racing enjoy the cream.

Michael Lynch Faction, a three-year-old filly owned by the giant Coolmore bloodstock operation, ensured on Thursday afternoon she became the answer to a trivia question when she scored in the first race of the day...

Pele the king not ready to abdicate - now or ever

Superstar: Pele is the only man to have three World Cup winners' medals.

Michael Lynch Digeo Maradona has supporters who would claim for him the title of the world's greatest ever footballer.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat puts faith in youngsters and back up men

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat put his faith last season in youngsters and inexperienced players.

Michael Lynch Six players missing through international call-ups or injuries might give most coaches nightmares.

Australia's self belief shines through in Germany draw

Germany's Shkodran Mustafi challenges Australia's Mathew Leckie (front) during their international friendly soccer match in Kaiserslautern March 25, 2015.  REUTERS/Ralph Orlowski

Michael Lynch Winning is contagious and there is no greater builder of confidence than success - as the Socceroos continue to show.

Asian Champions League target drives Finkler on

Melbourne Victory's Gui Finkler speaks to the media on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Nobody felt Melbourne Victory's elimination from last year's Asian Champions League more keenly than midfielder Gui Finkler, who did not get a chance to play in any of the six group matches as he had...

Melbourne City's James Brown hopes to put injury aside and rebuild career

After making a huge impression when he broke through with Gold Coast United as a teenager, James Brown's career has been a succession of occasional peaks with long troughs of inaction.

Michael Lynch It's never easy for any player to admit that his career is at the crossroads, especially when injury has prevented him from really getting the chance to show what he can do.

Delpierre can be Victory's island of calm in the finals maelstrom

Matthieu Delpierre's contribution in just a few weeks shows how important a role he can play for the navy blues in the finals.

Michael Lynch How many more points might Melbourne Victory have had this season had French centre-back Matthieu Delpierre not been injured for most of the campaign?