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.


Red, white and blue?

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has always touted itself as the Manchester United of the A-League.


Socceroos poised to face Ecuador in World Cup hitout

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (centre) posses with soccer head coach Reinaldo Rueda.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou's World Cup preparations are set to step up a gear.

Midweek Motor

Why ripping Heart out of Melbourne wouldn't kill the club

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have always touted themselves as the Manchester United of the A-League: the club with the biggest fan base, biggest budget and best facilities.

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To boo or not to boo, that is the question

Michael Lynch Booing Nadal was wrong, but fans have a right to be part of the show.

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Melbourne Heart fans see red over change of club's colours after Manchester City deal

Michael Lynch Diehards up in arms at the prospect of a change in the club's colours.


Melbourne Victory players' futures on line: Muscat

Sydney FC

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory is fast becoming a club in crisis after an Australia Day nightmare.


Melbourne Victory put to the sword by rampant Sydney FC

Alessadro Del Piero.

Michael Lynch Abject, clueless, porous at the back and bereft of ideas and quality in midfield and up front, Victory goes down 5-0 to Sydney at Etihad Stadium.


Sydney FC thrash hapless Melbourne Victory 5-0


Michael Lynch Sydney FC are back in finals contention after running up the biggest away win in their history against Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

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Melbourne Heart on an upward curve

John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch It might be a trifle early to say Melbourne Heart has turned the corner in the wake of John Aloisi's sacking, but results for the cellar dweller have certainly been on an upward curve since John van...


The colour of money

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Everything is up for grabs at Melbourne Heart following the club's takeover by Manchester City.


Late Adelaide equaliser ensures points shared with Heart

Heart's Harry Kewell celebrates after converting a penalty against Adelaide.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart shows that good news about takeover has had an effect.


Orlando Engelaar to steadily build influence for Heart

Michael Lynch Orlando Engelaar's presence might have been only a cameo on his return to action last weekend.


A new dawn for Heart

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's players had a definite spring in their step as they strode onto the field for training.


Blue skies ahead for Melbourne Heart in Manchester City-led future

Melbourne heart celebrate.

Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia indicates it would be prepared to discuss rebranding the Heart.


Melbourne Heart awaits the future

John van't Schip

Michael Lynch The world will never be the same for Melbourne Heart's players or coaching staff following Manchester City's takeover of the A-League strugglers, with many of the current squad and some of the staff...

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Manchester City's offer for Melbourne Heart came from out of the blue

Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City talks to his players during a training session at the Etihad Stadium

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's directors were always open to the idea of selling, but they never imagined it would be investors with the financial clout of Manchester City.


Manchester City, Melbourne Heart deal a win-win situation for everyone

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Harry Kewell of the Heart looks on during the round 14 A-League match between Perth Glory and the Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium on January 10, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Now that Manchester City has led the way, who knows what could possibly follow?

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Melbourne Heart sold to consortium that includes Manchester City owners

Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is understood to have completed a sale worth around $11 million with a significant amount of the funding believed to be coming from middle eastern investors who have bankrolled...


Manchester City buy A-League club Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch English Premier League club Manchester City, in partnership with a group of owners of NRL side the Melbourne Storm, have acquired A-League franchise the Melbourne Heart.

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Ex-Victory coach rises from ashes at Phoenix

Michael Lynch At 61, age certainly doesn't appear to be wearying Ernie Merrick.