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 again face crucial week as finals battle intensifies

Michael Lynch Melbourne City should get a lift from the likely return of Josh Kennedy, Frenchman Harry Novillo and striker David Williams for Saturday night's clash with Brisbane Roar.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat urges more protection for Fahid Ben Khallfallah

Victory coach Kevin Muscat speaks to the media after the game.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat stretched his undefeated run against Adelaide United to six matches – and praised his side's resilience and goalscoring quality for ensuring they took the...

Thompson leveller gives Victory a point in stirring Adelaide encounter

Bruce Djite (left) of Adelaide United competes for the ball with Nicholas Ansell of the Victory.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson rolled back the years with a quality finish 13 minutes from time to give Melbourne Victory a 2-2 draw against Adelaide United at a sold out Coopers Stadium on Saturday night.

Melbourne City win puts destiny in its own hands – almost

Back in town: John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Their destiny is not quite in their own control, but Melbourne City's 1-0 win against Sydney FC gives John Van't Schip's side a say in how their A-League season will unfold.

Soccer broadcast ritual kicks off with bombshell, but is it a surprise?

Song and dance: Big-ticket events like the World Cup are more to SBS’s liking.

Michael Lynch So SBS could bail out of grass roots soccer so it can still cover big ticket events like the Eurovision Song Contest. It could make sense.

Adelaide coach Josep Gombau looking to break his Victory duck

Josep Gombau:

Michael Lynch Adelaide United coach Josep Gombau has made a big impression on the A League, on everyone except Kevin Muscat.

Socceroos now the truly national team, says Gallop

FFA chief David Gallop:

Michael Lynch For decades Australia's cricket team has been thought to be the ultimate representative of the country's sporting persona.

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Can unwieldy Asian Football Confederation hold together?

Soccer generic.

Michael Lynch FFA chief David Gallop isn't suggesting that the unwieldy Asian Football Confederation should be broken up.

Victoria Racing Club set to target Asian market more aggressively to build Melbourne Cup further

Cup clash: Delta Blues (right) and Pop Rock in 2006.

Michael Lynch European raiders have been a vital component in driving global interest and building the profile of the Melbourne Cup carnival, but the Victoria Racing Club's main focus now is on growing Asian...

Money makes the (sports) world go around, but it's a costly business

The price of success: Manchester City are big spenders.

Michael Lynch Sport is one of the world's great money-spinners with a claimed global value of $US700 billion a year. But how sustainable is it really?

Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes the honours in style

Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after winning the Australian Formula One Grand Prix on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton has won the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in a perfect start for his championship defence.

Melbourne City back in the hunt ... or are they?

David Williams of Melbourne City competes for the ball with Daniel Mullen of the Jets.

Michael Lynch For a team whose only consistency has been its inconsistency, it probably won't pay to get too excited by Melbourne City's 4-0 win over Newcastle Jets on Saturday night.

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix: Lewis Hamilton takes pole for Mercedes

Lewis Hamilton has again taken pole in Melbourne.

Michael Lynch Mercedes’ reigning world champion Lewis Hamilton will start from pole position in the Australian Grand Prix.

Young Russian racer poised to make his mark with Daniel Ricciardo his target

Daniil Kvyat (left) will have his first drive in the number one team on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Max Verstappen, the Belgian-born Dutch teenager who will break all the records when he debuts in the Australian Grand Prix at the tender age of 17 on Sunday, has, understandbly, generated plenty of...

Fahid Ben Khalfallah top of Kevin Muscat's wish-list for Victory

Impact man: Fahid Ben Khalfallah in control.

Michael Lynch As well as deserving  this week's award for stating the bleeding obvious, a  headline on Saturday morning trumpeting "Muscat keen to keep Ben Khalfallah" might also have been chided for...

Melbourne Grand Prix going nowhere, says Walker

Australian GP 2014

Michael Lynch Melbourne's Formula One Grand Prix is protected by watertight contracts and the race is going nowhere, outgoing chairman Ron Walker said on Friday afternoon as he rapidly hosed down NSW Premier Mike...

Australian Grand Prix: Mercedes the class of the field again as Daniel Ricciardo hampered by engine problem

German driver Nico Rosberg speeds through a corner during the first practice session in Melbourne on Friday.

Michael Lynch Mercedes first (and second). The rest (nearly) nowhere.

What does the Wellington Phoenix bring to the A-League?

Ernie Merrick has worked wonders at Wellington on the pitch, but off field the club has less to offer.

Michael Lynch It's said you can't teach an old dog new tricks, but in the case of Ernie Merrick that is palpably not the case.

Formula 1 Australian Grand Prix: Sydney GP thought bubble should stay in the pits of Mike Baird's mind

The grid takes off at Australian Grand Prix last year.

Michael Lynch It's been a great few days for politicians unleashing thought bubbles on the unsuspecting public. But that of NSW premier Mike Baird to snatch the Australian Grand Prix from Melbourne has topped them...

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Connor Chapman's brain fade deepens football club Melbourne City's woes

Sent off: City's Connor Chapman (right) faces disciplinary action.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's week of woe got worse on Thursday night when young defender Connor Chapman was ordered to face the FFA's disciplinary committee after his brain fade in Sydney on Wednesday night.