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.

Will Kevin Muscat or Graham Arnold be the history maker?

Got it: Victory coach Kevin Muscat celebrates after Victory defeated Melbourne City in the A-League semi-final.

Michael Lynch Whatever the outcome of Sunday's Grand Final, A-League history will be made.

Melbourne Victory mission not quite accomplished – only grand final win will do

Melbourne Victory fans were in good spirits on Friday.

Michael Lynch It's not quite mission accomplished yet for Melbourne Victory.

Members only likely at one-off soccer grand final

The last A-League grand final, between Brisbane Roar and the Western Sydney Wanderers,  attracted a crowd of 51,153 at Suncorp Stadium.

Michael Lynch Sunday's A-League grand final is shaping up to be the answer to an unusual trivia question: which was the first grand final in a major Australian football code to be attended by only members of the...

'Ruthless' Melbourne City set for major off-season changes

Sad end: Melbourne City players leave the ground after they were defeated by the Victory on Friday.

Michael Lynch For most teams, climbing off the canvas and getting to within 90 minutes of an A-League grand final would be considered a wonderful season.

Promising filly Lumosty defies betting drift as Moody snares Flemington hat-trick

Chris Parnham guides Lumosty to victory in the All Victorian Sprint Series Heat 2 on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Whenever a horse gets the staggers in the betting market eyebrows are always raised _ and not just by the stewards.

Victory's grand final berth fitting reward for tremendous season, says coach Kevin Muscat

Victory coach Kevin Muscat shows his delight at his side's performance on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will stage the A-League Grand Final at AAMI Park next Sunday, and the biggest regret of the team's coach, Kevin Muscat, is that half the fans who thronged into Etihad Stadium to see...

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip rues injuries, praises clinical Victory

A sombre John van 't Schip shakes hands with David Williams as he leaves the pitch injured on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip praised the tenacity and commitment of his injury-ravaged side for battling to the end against a superior Melbourne Victory, but paid tribute to the clinical...

Victory cruise into grand final with 3-0 win over injury-hit City

Victory's Besart Berisha heads home to open the scoring for Melbourne Victory against Melbourne City on Friday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will seek to win their third A-League Championship when they host either Sydney or Adelaide United next Sunday after seeing off the semi-final challenge of cross-city rival...

Blue sky yonder ... but game needs its rainmakers now

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Michael Lynch The FFA want to change the Australian sporting dream and turn it on its head.

City and Victory square off in biggest A-League final ever

The crowd heads to Etihad Stadium.

Michael Lynch It's the biggest Melbourne derby of them all - a semi-final showdown - with a grand final berth at stake.

City hope to find consistency to see off Victory

Josh Kennedy

Michael Lynch It's doubtful if there is any club in the A-League who make things as difficult for themselves, at least on the pitch, as Melbourne City.

Melbourne Victory will rarely get a better shot at glory

Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses is dangerous up forward.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory could not have set this semi final up against local rivals Melbourne City any better.

Bring on the pressure, says Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat

Bring it on: Victory coach Kevin Muscat welcomes pressure ahead of Friday night.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat gives his trademark grin when reminded that his rival coach, John Van't Schip, has wasted no opportunity this week to suggest that the pressure is all on Melbourne Victory.

Semi-final loss the cruellest of all - and no guarantee of future success

Michael Lynch It's often said that teams have to lose big matches to learn how to win them in the future.

Harry Novillo hopes to make Melbourne City home whatever happens in Friday semi-final against Victory

Harry Novillo

Michael Lynch He's not exactly the accidental tourist - after all, he was plucked out of nowhere on the basis of his highlights DVD being better than all other applicants.

Courage, commitment needed against Victory: City's Josh Kennedy

Josh Kennedy can't explain City's fluctuating form but backs his side to perform this week.

Michael Lynch Embarrassment at their previous poor performances was the key to Melbourne City's form turnaround in Wellington at the weekend.

Patrick Kisnorbo rallies City troops to steal a Victory march

Winners are grinners: City captain Patrick Kisnorbo (left) with teammate Aaron Mooy.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo put in an enormous shift in Wellington on Sunday.

Victory v City A-League semi-final: The biggest derby of them all

Tempers flare in the Melbourne derby. The two teams will face off this Friday night in a semi-final.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory, the champions, taking on upstart rivals Melbourne City. For the FFA, it's almost as good as a grand final.

Man-on-the-spot Kennedy says win against Phoenix was City's best of the season

Erik Paartalu, Aaron Mooy, Paulo Retre and Robert Koren congratulate teammate Josh Kennedy (right) after he scored.

Michael Lynch Josh Kennedy, after a couple of early sighters, was the man who made the crucial difference for Melbourne City in its shock elimination of Wellington Phoenix.