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.
Michael Lynch Robi Koren has endured plenty of criticism during his injury-plagued two seasons at Melbourne City, with many fans calling for the cashed-up City group to show their ambition by replacing him...
Michael Lynch A look at the moments that shaped the world game in 2015, and what lies ahead in 2016.
Michael Lynch The race for the A-League's Golden Boot award is well and truly hotting up as the season approaches its mid point, with Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli at the head of affairs after a tremendous...
Michael Lynch Melbourne City wear down Perth Glory to continue unbeaten run of nine consecutive W-League wins.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City did more to establish their credentials as title contenders in 90 minutes against Melbourne Victory than they did in the three easy wins leading up to their 2-1 derby triumph.
Michael Lynch All through the A-League pre-season, Melbourne Victory veteran Leigh Broxham stressed that his team would have a target painted on its back, with all other clubs seeking to lift their game whenever...
Michael Lynch Anyone expecting Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat to be fuming after his side crashed to a scarcely believable 2-1 loss to Melbourne City would have been in for a post match surprise.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City delivered their supporters the Christmas present they had all been waiting for when they clung on for a nerve wracking win in a pulsating Victorian derby.
Michael Lynch The "golden generation" of Australia's Socceroos _ the team from the 2006 World Cup _ are all now well into their thirties, or in some cases into their forties
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's commanding French centre-half Matthieu Delpierre plans to call it a day with the champions at the end of the current A -League season.
Michael Lynch It's nowhere near the level that it has reached in the English game, where several clubs - notably Newcastle United and Arsenal - could, it sometimes seemed, put out an entire starting XI made up of...
Michael Lynch Veteran stopper Aaron Hughes will come back into the Melbourne City squad for just the third time this season and could line up alongside Patrick Kisnorbo in the heart of the in-form City defence for...
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will provide the local spice when English Premier League powerhouse Tottenham and Italian giants Juventus arrive in Victoria for the second International Champions Cup next year.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have nearly 27,000 members, Melbourne City have almost 8500.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City have to win this weekend's derby with Melbourne Victory if they want to silence the critics and prove teir championship credentials.
Michael Lynch It wasn't pretty when Melbourne Victory crashed to its third successive defeat in Wednesday night's A-League catch up match against Perth Glory, the first time in years that the competition's...
Michael Lynch Could lightning strike twice for the same stable?
Michael Lynch Melbourne City's injury crisis just won't go away, and Connor Chapman, the young Olyroo central defender, is the latest victim of the club's injury curse.
Michael Lynch The second Melbourne derby of the A-League season might be occupying the minds of the Melbourne media and public but it's far from front and square for Melbourne Victory.
Michael Lynch Melbourne skipper Carl Valeri will be sidelined for an indeterminate period after tests revealed he is suffering an inflammatory condition affecting part of his brain.