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.

Patrick Kisnorbo rallies City troops to steal a Victory march

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.

Pressure is all on Victory, says City coach van 't Schip

Josh Kennedy, of Melbourne City,  celebrates his goal during the A-League elimination match between the Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City FC at Westpac Stadium on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip goes into Friday's blockbuster A-League game with Melbourne Victory knowing that there is a Grand Final berth on the line - and with little expectations on his...

City dump Phoenix to set up A-League semi-final showdown against Victory

A step forward: Josh Kennedy, left, fends off Ben Sigmund as City upset Phoenix in Wellington.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has set up an A-League semi-final blockbuster with cross city rivals Melbourne Victory after pulling off an upset 2-0 away win in its elimination final in New Zealand on Sunday evening.

Matthieu Delpierre could be the key to Melbourne Victory's finals challenge

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

Michael Lynch Much of Melbourne Victory's attention in the second half of the season went into re-signing star wide player Fahid Ben Khalfallah, but could Matthieu Delpierre have the biggest impact in the...

Osvaldo Ardiles the pathfinder for Premier League polyglots

Pioneer: Osvaldo Ardiles is a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

Michael Lynch When Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool arrive in Australia during the winter for post-season tours Australian fans will never before have seen such a glittering array of foreign-born...

Reds march on to semi in Sydney as Victory eye City blockbuster

Beaten: Jamie Young of Brisbane looks on as Adelaide scores in their A-League preliminary final on Friday.

Michael Lynch The prospect of  a Melbourne A-League finals blockbuster came one step closer when Adelaide United ended Brisbane Roar's Championship defence at the first time of asking at the Adelaide...

Time for marquee man Robert Koren to show Melbourne City the way

Robert Koren has helped City make the playoffs, but his impact has not been that which might be expected of a man of his experience and status.

Michael Lynch Finals football, with its increased pressure and greater intensity, is different.

City look to experienced men to shock favourites Phoenix

John Van't Schip head coach of Melbourne City

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix at home to Melbourne City in a sudden death knock out final. The team that is struggling to get over the line in front of its own fans, and the team whose recent form on the road...

Kevin Muscat's variations on an Ange Postecoglou template

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Tony Popovic and Kevin Muscat were never the most burnished of Australia's golden generation of footballers.

Lucky break Brisbane out to defend championship

Bad news for Perth Glory has been good luck for Brisbane Roar.

Michael Lynch Teams winning competitions they haven't qualified for is not entirely unknown in football, and Brisbane Roar are taking advantage of Perth's misfortune with a chance to defend their championship.

Soccer's popularity growing at grassroots

soccer ball

Michael Lynch The increased profile of the A-League, the Socceroos success in the Asian Cup and more female players has fuelled record growth in the number of people playing soccer in Victoria.

Unsettled Melbourne City out to upset Wellington Phoenix applecart

Picture this: Melbourne City players gather ahead of their clash with Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Winning a final for any team is motivation enough, but if Melbourne City needed any more encouragement when they take on Wellington Phoenix on Sunday it comes in the shape of a potential blockbuster...

It's not just about wages, says union as it negotiates soccer deal

Talks are in progress between the FFA and players on a new CBA.

Michael Lynch Footballers of all shapes and sizes and in all codes are concerned mainly with one thing: the size of their wage packet. That's the common perception.

Muscat honoured as captain of PFA's Team of the Decade

Kevin Muscat in his days as player in 2009.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat captained Melbourne Victory to two premiership-championship doubles as a player and he is now poised to lead them to the same achievement as their coach.

Victory v City blockbuster a finals chance

Besart Berisha of the Victory scores during a clash between the two Melbourne teams in February,

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory could host Melbourne City in a blockbuster A-League semi-final with the game likely to be shifted from AAMI Park to Etihad Stadium on Friday May 8.

Ecstatic Kevin Muscat salutes his Premiers Plate winners

Victory coach Kevin Muscat thanks fans for their support  after the game.

Michael Lynch and Jesse Hogan For a footballing traditionalist like Kevin Muscat, topping the table after the home-and-away season is the honour that really counts.

Victory seal Premiership Plate with comfortable win over Mariners

Fine footwork: Anthony Caceres of Central Coast and Leigh Broxham of Melbourne compete.

Michael Lynch A coronation needs an appropriate celebration, and that's what  22,285 Melbourne Victory fans got on Sunday afternoon when their team sealed the A-League's Premiers Plate with an...

Salary cap, loan fee charges key topics in A-League wage talks

Perth Glory has been excluded from the finals for salary cap violations.

Michael Lynch With the A-League home and away season ending and the finals looming over the next few weeks, the issue of the competition's Collective Bargaining Agreement falls into sharper relief.