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 Victory need to stay switched on to see off Perth, says coach Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory must maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes if it is to see off the challenge of league leader Perth Glory on Saturday night and go to the top of the A-League ladder itself,...

Greater challenges await for Melbourne City's title-winning youth players

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Michael Lynch Its a sad fact of professional football life, but for the vast majority of the Melbourne City team of youngsters who won the 2014-15 National Youth League championship at the weekend, the triumph...

Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers still in Asian Champions League hunt

Brandon Borrello of Brisbane Roar in action during the ACL match in Japan.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar's win in Japan keeps them in the hunt for a place in the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League, while titleholders Western Sydney Wanderers' loss is a setback but not a decisive...

League leadership on the line as top two clash at AAMI Park

Two of Victory's key scorers: Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses.

Michael Lynch It is first versus second, a clash between the adventurers of Melbourne Victory and the pragmatists of Perth Glory when the pair clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Don't bet against a Melbourne grand final interstate

Damien De Bohun:

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City in an  A-League grand final, with the match held interstate? It sounds ludicrous, but, it seems, it's not impossible.

City sign French winger as Duff replacement

Injured: Damien Duff.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City FC has signed French winger Harry Novillo on an injury-replacement contract to cover for Irish international Damien Duff, whose season, if not career, has been ended by injury.

Frank Lampard was never likely for Melbourne City, says Brian Marwood

Melbourne City says it has learnt from the short stint which David Villa had with the club.

Michael Lynch Former England superstar and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was never a real option for Melbourne City, Brian Marwood, the football administration officer for the club's Abu Dhabi-controlled owner,...

Merrick delighted, Muscat dejected, as Victory's old boss beats his former skipper

Archie Thompson of the Victory with a plaque which was presented to him to mark his 200th game.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat could not disguise his disappointment at his side’s slipshod set-piece defending after conceding two goals through free kicks to Wellington Phoenix in...

Wellington break Victory duck in five-goal thriller

Double header as Besart Berisha of the Victory and Benjamin Sigmund of the Phoenix contend for the ball.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoneix's inability to win away against Melbourne Victory finally snapped.

Alpine Eagle soars, but where will he land?

Damien Oliver takes Alpine Eagle to the front past Nicholas Hall on Firehouse Rock in the Caulfield Autumn Stakes on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Legendary trainer Bart Cummings always said there was a simple formula to getting racehorses to deliver on their potential: patience. 

Smerdon quinellas Oakleigh Plate and Blackiston mare causes Futurity shock

Shamal Wind, Dwayne Dunn up, romps home in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Mares dominated the Group One contests for the older horses at Caulfield when Robert Smerdon's Shamal Wind produced a whirlwind finish to lead home a stable quinella in the $400,000 Oakleigh Plate...

Suavito springs group 1 upset and downs Dissident in Futurity

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston sprang a group one surprise at Caulfield when his mare Suavito upset the odds laid on hot favourite Dissident when she came home fast and late under Damien Oliver...

Sabatini wins at group level for the second time in a fortnight when she scores in the Angus Armanasco Stakes

Michael Lynch Gabriela Sabatini was one of the top tennis players of her era _ a US Open winner, with a best world ranking of number three and a silver medal winner at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.

John van 't Schip hopes Melbourne City will take strength from win over Adelaide United

Crunch: Connor Chapman and Massimo Murdocca of Melbourne City take down Adelaide United's Sergio Cirio.

Michael Lynch There are games when coaches really earn their money, and for John Van't Schip Friday night's clash between his Melbourne City team and high flying Adelaide United was certainly one of them.

Archie Thompson a man for all Victory seasons

Through the years, Archie Thompson has been nothing if not an entertainer.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson was due to play his 200th game for Victory in Brisbane last weekend, but the storm clouds that caused that game to be postponed have now enabled him to mark that milestone in front of...

City coach John van 't Schip says win will boost morale

Josh Kennedy and Robert Koren of Melbourne City FC celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip believes that his side's 3-1 win over high-riding Adelaide United on Friday night could ignite their push for a finals berth in the closing weeks of the...

Melbourne City get impressive win against Adelaide, regain finals berth

Focal point: City’s Josh Kennedy gave his teammates a target up forward.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has broken its goal drought in style and leapt up to sixth position on the A-League ladder after coming from behind to see off high flying Adelaide United 3-1 at AAMI Park on Friday...

Sprinter Iconic out to uphold the family's honour

Tony McEvoy is optimistic that Iconic could register a fifth, and by far most important, career win.

Michael Lynch Black Caviar won almost every major sprinting prize available to her in Victoria. But one the great mare didn't contest was one of the most historical short-course events on the calendar - the...

Mark Bresciano a credit to himself and the Socceroos

Proud history: Mark Bresciano in 2001, his debut year for the Soccceroos.

Michael Lynch Patience, practice, commitment and dedication have been the hallmarks of Mark Bresciano's career at both club level and in the green and gold of Australia.

Manchester's $15 million vote of confidence in their Melbourne franchise

Clash: Joshua Kennedy takes on Carl Valeri of the Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch At the corner of the administration area in Melbourne City's swish new $15 million training and office complex at Latrobe University is a small meeting space called the Turing room.