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.

Kevin Muscat offers no excuses, Phil Stubbins hails his team's character as Jets win in boilover

Victory coach Kevin Muscat appears puzzled as he watches the match in progress on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss blunt and to the point as he digests team's 0-1 loss to Newcastle Jets.

Victory crash to cellar-dweller Jets in one of the upsets of the season

Jesse Makarounas and Mark Milligan of the Victory tackle Edson Montano of the Jets during the A-League match on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory blew an opportunity to go three points clear at the top of the A-League table when they crashed 0-1 at home to the bottom of the league Newcastle Jets in one of the biggest shocks...

It's the race that stops the (jumps racing) world

Noel Fehily on Silviniaco Conti jumps the last fence before winning the Betfred Bowl Chase at the Grand National Festival on Thursday.

Michael Lynch The Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation. But the jumps world holds its breath for the Grand National from Aintree.

Soccer salary cap here to stay, at least for time being

Abolishing the salary cap would suit cashed-up clubs such as Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Would turkeys vote for Christmas? They might, if they could see the bigger picture.

Melbourne Victory must down Newcastle Jets to stand clear of the A-League pack

Melbourne Victory have a game in hand, but must keep winning if they want to take the title again.

Michael Lynch Last weekend there were three different leaders of the A-League on three different days. Wellington came into the round on top, Adelaide took the lead on the Saturday night when they beat Sydney FC,...

Victory groupthink the key to success, says coach Muscat

Fitness doubts: Goalkeeper Nathan Coe is struggling with back stiffness.

Michael Lynch Groupthink is usually a negative factor in a business or commercial environment. It can lead to blinkered mindsets and too much agreement simply because people don't  want to rock the boat or...

Confidence and belief the key to City's recovery, says skipper Kisnorbo

New confidence: City captain Patrick Kisnorbo (front).

Michael Lynch Ask Melbourne City captain Patrick Kisnorbo why his team has suddenly become the form side of the A-League and he readily replies that there is no mystery.

Ange Postecoglou wants Socceroos to do some World Cup damage and scare rivals

Whoever they come up against, coach Ange Postecoglou said on Wednesday, Australia would be out to make a statement.

Michael Lynch Australia will find out next week the first steps it must take on its road to the 2018 World Cup in Russia when the draw for the second round of Asian qualifying matches is made in Kuala Lumpur.

Sandown doubles for Sadler and Pegus as Eurell and Moroney prepare to chase interstate riches

Jockey Mark Pegus scored a double on Belcrest Lady and Rooboy.

Michael Lynch It might have been pretty standard fare at Sandown on Easter Monday, but that doesn't mean there weren't any gallopers with the potential to do much better on show.

Coach Kevin Muscat praises Victory composure, but warns against complacency

Victory's Mark Milligan holds off the challenge of Roly Bonevacia of the Phoenix.

Michael Lynch A-League table toppers Melbourne Victory, fresh from a 3-0 trans Tasman success over former leaders  Wellington Phoenix, can take a giant step towards ensuring their position as Premiers Plate...

Victory go top in a title race for the ages

Sweet success: Adelaide’s Eugene Galekovic celebrates after his side’s win over Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Has there ever been a tighter race for the A-League Premiers Plate? Nor a better illustration of the competitive balance delivered by a salary cap?

MCG a possibility for Friday night A-League Grand Final

Michael Lynch and Angela Habashy The MCG could host the A-League Grand Final on a Friday night in mid-May if the Etihad Stadium imbroglio between the AFL and the FFA is not resolved.

Hume can top NPL Victoria with win over Werribee

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Michael Lynch Hume City can knock last season's surprise FFA Cup semi-finalists Bentleigh Greens from the top of the National Premier League Victoria table if they see off bottom of the ladder Werribee City in the...

Melbourne City regain key men at the right time

The return of Connor Chapman (left), seen here contesting the ball with Fabio Ferreira of the Mariners, will give Melbourne City a boost.

Michael Lynch Injuries cut deepest at this time of year, with finals looming and a weekly scramble for points, but Melbourne City will get a boost from the return of three important players as they battle for the...

It's all on the line when Melbourne Victory looks for revenge in Wellington

Return clash: Besart Berisha of the Victory and Benjamin Sigmund of the Phoenix.

Michael Lynch The last time they met just over a month ago it was the master who triumphed over the apprentice.

Fix up the A-League home front first and you get to take on Asia's best anyway

Central Coast was once a byword for excellence and achievement, a regional club that punched well above its weight to compete against and defeat teams from far bigger A-League markets.

Michael Lynch Legendary racehorse trainer Bart Cummings had, it was said, a clever line for new owners who approached him to train a horse.

Melbourne City must dig in to ensure finals as Brisbane Roar still chasing last playoff place

After destroying the Mariners, Brisbane Roar are in the hunt for a finals spot.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar's 6-1 destruction of Central Coast Mariners on Thursday night puts the Queensland team back in the hunt for a finals berth and ensures Melbourne City will have a nervous few weeks until...

A-League Grand Final hypothetical drama may still have some twists to come

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Michael Lynch Should Australian soccer's  governing body carry the blame for its own potential Grand Final nightmare? 

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip laments slow start as team manages a draw

Tom Juric of the Wanderers and goalkeeper Tando Velaphi of Melbourne City are airborne as they compete for the ball.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City played poorly and were fortunate enough to go home from Western Sydney with a point thanks to a wonderful long-range drive from Frenchman Harry Novillo.

Harry Novillo's wonder strike salvages crucial point for City

Harry Novillo (right) celebrates with teammate Aaron Mooy after scoring against the Western Sydney Wanderers on Friday.

Michael Lynch A quality long-range strike from Frenchman Harry Novillo was enough to earn Melbourne City a point against Western Sydney Wanderers and keep them on track for only the second finals appearance in...