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.

Connor Chapman's brain fade deepens football club Melbourne City's woes

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's week of woe got worse on Thursday night when young defender Connor Chapman was ordered to face the FFA's disciplinary committee after his brain fade in Sydney on Wednesday night.

Melbourne Grand Prix's boy racer has speed in his veins

Teen among peers: Max Verstappen (top left) sits among his elder fellow drivers, including Australia's Daniel Ricciardo (bottom right).

Michael Lynch He's immature and inexperienced. Boy racer Max Verstappen ticks all the boxes.

Formula 1 Melbourne Grand Prix: Jenson Button ponders Max Verstappen's debut at 17

Max Verstappen at Formula One Winter Testing in February.

Michael Lynch At 17 Max Verstappen, the Toro Rosso driver, will set a record when he lines up on the grid in Melbourne on Sunday as the youngest ever driver to have competed in a Formula One Grand Prix.

Formula One Australian Grand Prix: Jenson Button happy to be back, but says he's not a chance in Melbourne

Jenson Button

Michael Lynch McLaren Honda driver Jenson Button might well have won three of the past six Australian Grands Prix, but don't expect him to trouble the judges this weekend.

Victory's Geria set to miss Wanderers clash

Scott Galloway in action for Victory.

Michael Lynch One young defender is likely to replace another in Melbourne Victory's starting line-up against Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday, with Scott Galloway set to come in for Jason Geria at right back.

Grosjean looks for horsepower boost ahead of Melbourne Grand Prix

Michael Lynch Formula One driver Romain Grosjean could only look on in admiration, and perhaps envy, as he patted the world's highest ranked sprinter, Lankan Rupee, at Mick Price's Caulfield stables on Wednesday...

No excuses for Lankan Rupee in Newmarket, says trainer Mick Price

Lankan Rupee after winning the Black Caviar Lightning last month.

Michael Lynch Whether the Newmarket Handicap is run at a flat-out gallop or turns into a sit and sprint, trainer Mick Price is confident that reigning horse of the year Lankan Rupee has the tactical flexibility to...

Ange Postecoglou searches for depth as he builds to the World Cup

Aaron Mooy.

Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou is not one to dwell on past failures - or successes.

Melbourne City's week of destiny gets off to horror start

Michael Lynch / Mick Lynch

Michael Lynch If this week is to be the defining period of Melbourne City's season, then it's unlikely to have a happy ending if the start is anything to go by.

Glory keep on keeping on, and the title is very much on the agenda

Perth Glory

Michael Lynch Most coaches, when asked about a controversial decision regarding their team, affect ignorance, incomprehension or innocence, usually with the added rider that they didn't actually see the incident...

Do Victory have what it takes to go all the way?

Victory's Kosta Barbarouses competes with Glory's  Scott Jamieson as teammate Gui Finkler looks on.

Michael Lynch Its not only tough at the top. Its highly congested too. Five clubs separated by four points occupy the spots at the top of the A-League, with the rest some way behind. 

Muscat, Lowe agree: Keogh's Glory goal should not have stood

Andrew Keogh wheels away after scoring the opening goal in Glory's clash against Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch It's rare indeed to get managerial unanimity that a crucial goal should be ruled out, but Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat and Perth Glory coach Kenny Lowe both found themselves in furious...

Victory and Glory share spoils in combustible encounter

Daniel Georgievski

Michael Lynch The pile up at the top of the A-League ladder has become more congested than ever with just five points separating the top five sides after league leaders Perth Glory and  challengers Melbourne...

Trainer Mick Price wonders if his colt is ready for Golden Slipper victory

Michael Lynch Mick Price has never had a Golden Slipper winner, but he is hoping that impressive Flemington debut scorer Ready For Victory can achieve what the likes of flying filly Samaready couldn't, and give...

Oliver's loss is Prebble's Gai-n as Wandjina scores in Guineas

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  Brett Prebble riding Wandjina reacts after winning from Douglas Whyte riding Alpine Eagle in Race 7, the Australian Guineas during Australian Guineas Day at Flemington Racecourse on March 7, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Expatriate Australian Brett Prebble and South African superstar Douglas Whyte have probably lost count of the number of tight finishes they have fought out in Hong Kong, where the pair have both been...

Melbourne City's dozen days to make their A-League season

Melbourne City

Michael Lynch Successful A League seasons are constructed over 27 games, not two or three.

It's a beautiful game ... or sometimes not so much

Michael Lynch dinkus

Michael Lynch Is winning all that matters, or is it the manner in which the game is played that counts?

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Asian addiction to Aussie centre-backs continues as Leijer tries his luck

Adrian Leijer is the latest of the Australian centre-backs to try their luck in Asia.

Michael Lynch There's nothing a Chinese or South Korean soccer scout likes as much, it seems, as a big, strong, strapping Australian centre-back.

Melbourne City brace for Central Coast Mariners backlash after Phil Moss sacking

In happier times: Phil Moss with Mariners captain  John Hutchinson in December last year.

Michael Lynch One of the oldest cliches in the football world is that the worst time to take on a team is the next game after they have just sacked their manager.

Melbourne Victory need to stay switched on to see off Perth, says coach Kevin Muscat

Comeback: Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory must maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes if it is to see off the challenge of league leader Perth Glory on Saturday night and go to the top of the A-League ladder itself,...