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 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.
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.
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.
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...
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
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...
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.
Michael Lynch if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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...
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.
Michael Lynch Adelaide United v Brisbane Roar
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.
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.
Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers' threatened boycott of the Club World Championships is embarrassing for Australia and Asia.
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.
Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou has named a provisional 46-man squad ahead of the 2015 Asian Cup.
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.
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...
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou set to name almost 50 contenders when he unveils a preliminary Asian Cup squad.
Michael Lynch City's paymasters have shown patience but they have their own high expectations.