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.

Melbourne City's Robi Koren takes the flak but is now fit to answer the critics

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...

Soccer's year of glory and farce: The moments that mattered in 2015

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A look at the moments that shaped the world game in 2015, and what lies ahead in 2016.

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Soccer: Race for Golden Boot heats up with City, Victory stars leading the way

City's Bruno Fornaroli celebrates one of his nine goals for the season so far

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...

Soccer: Stubborn Perth Glory hold out for an hour before record breaking Melbourne City hit four

Flat out: Glory's Vanessa DiBernardo attempts a header against Melbourne City's Larissa Crummer.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City wear down Perth Glory to continue unbeaten run of nine consecutive W-League wins.

Soccer: City weather the storm and put down a championship marker in derby drama

Melbourne City's Thomas Sorensen and David Williams celebrate their derby win against Melbourne Victory at AAMI Park on December 19.

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.

Soccer: Victory down but not out as Kevin Muscat looks to lift team for Glory game

Leigh Broxham, of the Victory, in action in front of Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli on Saturday night at AAMI Park.

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...

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat takes loss in his stride

Easy does it: Referee Ben Williams asks  Victory coach Kevin Muscat to stay calm.

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.

City squeak through in derby thriller, condemn Victory to record fourth loss in row

Melbourne City players celebrate a goal by Stefan Mauk.

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.

Could Kewell be as good a coach as he was player? Time will tell

Park life: Harry Kewell guides youngsters in a session at  Albert Park.

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

Matthieu Delpierre plans to quit Melbourne Victory at season's end

With Matthieu  Delpierre in the side Victory's defence is calmer, better organised and looks tighter and better structured.

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.

French foreign legion leaving their mark on Melbourne

Harry Novillo of Melbourne City is one of the French legion.

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...

A-League Melbourne derby: veteran stopper may return for City

Back for just the third time this season: Aaron Hughes.

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...

Spurs and Juve set for Victory in ICC next year

Juventus are heading to Melbourne next year.

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.

Melbourne belongs to Victory... or does it?

Tempers rising: City's Patrick Kisnorbo and Victory's Besart Berisha exchange words.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have nearly 27,000 members, Melbourne City have almost 8500.

Melbourne City need to win derby to prove they have A-League title credentials

Big season: Erik Paartalu (left) says City must knock over Victory to gain credibility.

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.

Kevin Muscat's test to lift players for derby as Melbourne Victory slump continues

Victory coach Kevin Muscat has got plenty to work on.

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...

Victorian Apprentices title: Can Dylan Dunn take top honours?

In dad's footsteps: Dylan Dunn, son of leading jockey Dwayne, waits in the starting gates.

Michael Lynch Could lightning strike twice for the same stable? 

Connor Chapman out for three months as Melbourne City's injury woes continue

Connor Chapman of Melbourne City celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Perth Glory.

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.

Kevin Muscat and Melbourne Victory focus on Perth, forget about derby for now

Kevin Muscat at training ahead of their encounter with Perth.

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.

Melbourne Victory's Carl Valeri out for indefinite period with condition affecting his brain

Sidelined: Carl Valeri will have further tests.

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.