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.

Winners chase bigger targets while Damian Lane makes it 10 winners in six days

Michael Lynch Christmas is on the horizon, but there will be no holidays for several of Saturday's Flemington winners who will find themselves chasing higher status races over the Christmas and New Year period.

Danny O'Brien happy with racebook omen, Mark Zahra gets double

Trainer Danny O'Brien leaving an earlier hearing.

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Danny O'Brien has spent the week at the RAD board as one of the key figures in the long running cobalt saga, so to simply step out on a race track in the summer sunshine to saddle...

Contenders or pretenders: City face moment of truth in Hunter Valley

Michael Lynch Sunday should tell the soccer world plenty about Melbourne City, the team that has, in the past fortnight, taken the A-League by storm with back to back 5-1 wins.

Fan truce a perfect chance to examine all soccer security procedures

The answer to this question, posed by Adelaide fans on December 6, appears to be in the positive.

Michael Lynch The active supporters of Australia's 10 A-League clubs got their meeting with the FFA's top brass and let them know just how unhappy they were.

Does FFA need to widen its managerial cultural pool?

Outsider: Football Federation Australia chief executive David Gallop.

Michael Lynch Is it possible to take charge of an organisation in a sector of the commercial world and run it effectively if you know little or nothing about the company's core business?

Soccer fans back on board as boycotts suspended

The answer to this question, posed by Adelaide fans on December 6, appears to be in the positive.

Michael Lynch The active supporters from Melbourne Victory and host Melbourne City will now attend the pre-Christmas derby at AAMI Park having "temporarily" suspended their boycott of matches.

No go-home tug for South Australian Stefan Mauk as he makes his mark at Melbourne City

Isaas of Adelaide United battles with City's Stefan Mauk last month.

Michael Lynch In Australian Rules football many clubs have to cope with the "go-home" factor: young men drafted at the age of 18 who travel interstate unwillingly and can't wait to seek a trade back to where they...

A-League: Soccer's ecosystem robust enough to recover from Hurricane Boycott

 A young Wanderers supporter watches on from the empty seats in the bays usually taken up by supporters.

Michael Lynch Stadia around Australia were odd places last weekend without the active fans generating their usual cacophony of sound and fury at the round of A-League games taking place.

Melbourne City on the move after key players return from injury: Connor Chapman

Connor Chapman, of Melbourne City, and the Jets' Mitch Cooper compete for the ball.

Michael Lynch Consecutive 5-1 wins have Melbourne City flying up the A-League table.

Socceroos to face Tajiks in World Cup qualifier in Adelaide

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Michael Lynch Australia will look to shore up its place in the final phase of Asian World Cup qualifying when it hosts Tajikistan in its penultimate group game in the second phase in Adelaide next year.

Perth Glory chief joins groundswell of A-League discontent

A Perth fan in all his Glory.

Michael Lynch The chief executive of A-League club Perth Glory has added his voice to a growing chorus of complaint about the condition of the nation's elite soccer competition, urging the FFA to produce a vision...

Motorsport: Van Gisbergen signs off with last race win as 'Frosty' celebrates

Shane van Gisbergen at the wheel of the Team TEKNO Darrell Lea Holden during race 36 of the Sydney 500.

Michael Lynch New Zealand's Shane Van Gisbergen wins final race of the V8 Supercar season at Homebush, Sydney.

Soccer: Wanderers back with a bang, but strugglers need to lift their games

Empty seats: There was plenty of space at the Central Coast Stadium during the clash between the Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne City last Thursday.

Michael Lynch The last thing the FFA needs, given the current fires it is fighting on a number of fronts, is for the A_League to be uncompetitive.

Colour clash will not happen again, vows FFA as Melbourne Victory rue circus

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Michael Lynch The FFA doesn't need another bad news story to add to its woes after a fortnight of turmoil and fan boycotts of A-League games.

Mark Winterbottom seals title on streets of Sydney on emotional day

Craig Lowndes kept the title race alive.

Michael Lynch Mark Winterbottom drove with pace, patience and professionalism to cement his first ever V8 Supercar championship at Sydney's Olympic Park street circuit on Saturday.

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V8 Supercars: Mark Winterbottom takes pole, title now in his grasp

Mark Winterbottom has one hand on the championship.

Michael Lynch Ford driver Mark Winterbottom has taken a giant step towards securing his first ever V8 Supercar championship by qualifying fastest for the first of the two 125 kilometre races at the Sydney 500 on...

Is it time for the A-League to stand up on its own and leave the FFA?

Wellington Phoenix fans take their shirts off during the round nine match against Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Fans boycotting games. No wonder Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro struck the alarm bell as loud and as hard as he could last week .

Jamie Whincup looking out for mate as champion prepares to hand over crown

Jamie Whincup has won the past four titles.

Michael Lynch Jamie Whincup might be handing over his V8 drivers crown this weekend, but the Red Bull Racing driver will be doing his utmost to ensure that it is his teammate, Craig Lowndes, rather than Ford...

Harry Novillo, Bruno Fornaroli strike as Melbourne City cast off shackles

Harry Novillo and Bruno Fornaroli of Melbourne City celebrate a goal against the Mariners.

Michael Lynch Aaron Mooy has so often been Melbourne City's go-to man that it comes as a surprise when he doesn't dominate games and act as his team's major creative force.

Gallop under pressure as fans aim at boss whose honeymoon is long over

FFA CEO David Gallop at a press conference this week.

Michael Lynch David Gallop looked tired, jet-lagged and fed up. He had been in India at an Asian Football Confederation Conference representing Australia, where the Socceroos and Ange Postecoglou had been awarded...