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's Robert Koren expected to be fit for Newcastle Jets clash

Michael Lynch Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip is optimistic that former Slovenian captain Robert Koren will be fit to line up for the newly branded club's first home game of the A-League season next Sunday.

Coach has no regrets about playing Villa only as a substitute

Well done, boys: Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip shakes hands with his players after the game.

Michael Lynch Even though he rescued a point for Melbourne City with a sumptuous second-half finish, David Villa's new boss, John Van't Schip, says he has no regrets about starting the Spanish superstar on the...

David Villa strikes to land new club Melbourne City a draw with Sydney FC

David Villa celebrates after scoring for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch David Villa took less than 15 minutes to repay the first instalment on his purchase price for Manchester City and its Australian affiliate, Melbourne City, when he struck a beautifully placed goal to...

Perfect start for Victory but coach counsels caution

Melbourne Victory fans celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch It could hardly have been a better start to the season for the navy blue half of the city, but Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat knows all too well that not too much can be read into the result of...

Victory coach Muscat hails 'most complete' performance by his team

Kevin Muscat and his children thank supporters after Victory's win over the Wanderers.

Michael Lynch Jubilant Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat has hailed his side's performance in A-League season opener.

Rampaging Victory puts Wanderers to the sword

Welcome: Albanian striker Besart Berisha is mobbed by teammates after scoring Victory’s second goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat could hardly have hoped for a better start to the season.

Melbourne City here to stay after total eclipse of Heart

Upgrade: Spanish superstar David Villa is here for a 10-game stint.

Michael Lynch When Manchester City took over Melbourne Heart earlier this year the English Premier League champions did very little except watch, listen, look and learn as the season, yet another campaign of...

Love of horses keeps spirits up for Lumosty owner Phil Sly

Lumosty (left), with Mark Zahra in the saddle, finished third in the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield earlier this year.

Michael Lynch When you are at your lowest ebb, fighting off a terminal disease which has ravaged your body and haunted your mind, you need something to live for, to give you hope to carry on.

A-League round one preview

Michael Lynch The lowdown on A-League's round one kickoffs.

Time for talking is done, says pumped up Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat

Keen to go: Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch If the measure of a team's readiness for a game can be gauged by the mood of their coach, Melbourne Victory's new-look line-up has never been better prepared than for its A-League season opener...

All change for FFA as Lowy contemplates his exit

FFA chairman Frank Lowy.

Michael Lynch FFA chairman Frank Lowy has announced he will step down by November of next year.

Frank Lowy's World Cup nightmares continue

Australia's ranking in Asia has crashed as a result of its World Cup campaign.

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy does not know whether there would be grounds for Australia to mount another World Cup bid if a decision was made to strip controversial 2022 host...

Kavanagh aims for Guineas spotlight

Trainer Mark Kavanagh.

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh looked to have the star of the 2013 spring when he brought superstar Atlantic Jewel back to the races with a series of commanding victories which had the brilliant...

Patrick Kisnorbo will lead Melbourne City from the front, says John van 't Schip

Patrick Kisnorbo.

Michael Lynch Patrick Kisnorbo's commitment to the contest and ability to link the different generations within Melbourne City's first-team squad were the factors behind choosing him as captain for the newly...

Berisha primed for season start

Besart Berisha

Michael Lynch It's usually said that there is no better way to quit than when you are ahead, and its certainly an adage former Brisbane Roar hero Besart Berisha took to heart when he decided to leave the...

Nerves just fine for Victory's Carl Valeri

Carl Valeri is desperate to return to the Socceroos' fold.

Michael Lynch Carl Valeri has played in the World Cup and in an Asian Cup final for his country, but still admits to getting nervous before games, let alone milestone matches such as his Melbourne Victory debut on...

David Villa arrives in Australia and could play in Melbourne City's A-League season opener on Saturday

Welcome aboard: John van 't Schip and David Villa.

Michael Lynch David Villa's earlier than expected Australian arrival allowed him to train with his new Melbourne City teammates on Monday morning.

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Chautauqua looks a star in the making after Gilgai romp

Chautauqua

Michael Lynch It's not uncommon to see a horse cruise up to its rivals in a maiden or lower class race with its jockey sitting motionless while the remaining riders are rowing as hard as any crew in the head of...

Lucia Valentina firms as Caulfield Cup favourite

Lucia Valentina's price for the Caulfield Cup was cut after the victory.

Michael Lynch Newcastle-trained mare Lucia Valentina showed any injury concerns were wide of the mark when she came fast and late to land the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington to cement her position as...

Lucia Valentina cements Caulfield Cup favouritism with Turnbull Stakes success

Fast finisher: Kerrin McEvoy drives Lucia Valentina (left) to victory in Turnbull Stakes.

Michael Lynch Lucia Valentina has confirmed her Caulfield Cup favouritism after winning the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.