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.

A-League: City Chinese deal gives Melbourne arm value boost, Asia opportunities

Michael Lynch The move by Chinese investors to take a 13 per cent stake for US$400 million in the City Football Group, owners of Manchester City, New York City and Melbourne City, presents a plethora of...

A-League: Patrick Kisnorbo back in frame as Melbourne City search for consistency in Gosford

Melbourne City captain Patrick Kisnorbo

Michael Lynch It's been a roller-coaster week for Melbourne City. 

Soccer circles in a spin about Melbourne visit of Brazilian superstar Kaka

Football circles are buzzing that Brazilian player Kaka is to visit Melbourne.

Michael Lynch Brazilian soccer superstar Kaka is due to arrive in Melbourne for a flying visit next weekend.

Victory on top, but coach Kevin Muscat unhappy at second-half fade-out

Victory coach Kevin Muscat urges his team on against Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory may have stretched their A-League winning run to four with a regulation triumph over Adelaide United, but coach Kevin Muscat was far from happy with his team's second-half...

Victory leap to top spot as fans stage anti-FFA walkout

Melbourne Victory fans stage a walkout during the A-League match against Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has leapt to the top of the A-League table with a comfortable 2-1 win over bottom of the table Adelaide United at Etihad Stadium.

Racing: Weir, Hayes at the double as champion trainer looks to add to Cup haul

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 28:  Dwayne Dunn riding Master Zephyr wins Race 4 during Melbourne Racing at Moonee Valley Racecourse on November 28, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Darren Weir has won the biggest Cup of all, but that doesn't mean he doesn't want to keep on collecting pots and trophies from all over Victoria _ particularly places with which he has a special...

Matthew Ellerton-Simon Zahra partnership back on the board and looking to shine through summer

Chris Symons guides Whistle Baby (right) to victory on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Everybody likes to have a runner in the spring. The races are glamorous, the crowds are big, and public interest is at its greatest.

Criterion pleases in Valley workout, Scarborough steps down as chairman

In great shape: Craig Williams urges Criterion past Orator in a track gallop at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch David Hayes and Craig Williams cannot wait to get to Hong Kong with star galloper Criterion, who showed he was in fine fettle for his next overseas raid when he worked before racing at Moonee Valley...

A-League: Melbourne City manager John Van 't Schip wants consistency - and Aaron Mooy to stay

Michael Lynch Its typical of a coach not to get too carried away even when his team has produced its best scoreline of the season and hammered its opposition 5-1.

Kevin Muscat has to make tough calls for Victory Asian Champions League assault

Tough decisions: Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat must find a way to select three of his five foreign players for the looming Asian Champions League campaign.

Aaron Mooy can play at higher level, but happy at City, says van 't Schip

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John an't Schip is confident that Aaron Mooy can play football at a higher level than the A-League _ but he is optimistic that the Socceroo star will remain at Melbourne City, at...

City romp to win over Perth as new dad Aaron is Mooy-nifique

Connor Chapman of Melbourne City scores with a header past Perth Glory goalkeeper Ante Covic.

Michael Lynch Talismanic midfielder Aaron Mooy inspires Melbourne City to morale-boosting 5-1 win over Perth Glory.

Soccer violence claims more hysterical than historical

Soccer fan behaviour has been the subject of much debate.

Michael Lynch I scanned the media this week vainly searching for images of the notorious hooligan Harry The Dog, leader of the fabled F-Troop, London club Millwall's hard core fan group from the 1970s.

A-League: Ivan Franjic back and Jacob Melling experiment to continue as City ready for Perth

Defensive role: Jacob Melling is set to again be used as a central defender for Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Centre halves. Big, tall, strong, imposing players in the middle of the back four, aren't they. Great in the air, often less good on the ground.

Fahid Ben Khalfallah urges fans to stay – but understands if they walk out

Fahid Ben Khalfallah says he will understand if fans stage a walkout on Saturday but hopes they will not.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's star winger Fahid Ben Khallfallah will understand if angry Melbourne Victory fans walk out of the game in protest on Saturday night.

Palace crash in shock loss to Sunderland: whither Jedinak in January?

Mile Jedinak.

Michael Lynch Socceroo skipper Mile Jedinak is always a go to man with the national team, where his tough tackling, leadership and ability to chip in with headed goals or with free kicks makes him a key asset.

Ivan Franjic focused on boosting Melbourne City and regaining Socceroos shirt

Ivan Franjic (left) is keen to return after a long injury lay-off.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar coach John Aloisi surprised many last Friday night when he came out post-game and labelled Melbourne City, the team with whom his league leaders had just drawn, as "anti-football".

Soccer: Jamie Vardy one for the late bloomers, A-League sides take note

Leicester City's Jamie Vardy celebrates his goal during the English Premier League soccer match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

Michael Lynch You can't judge a book by its cover. Or you should never make decisions on footballers until their career is definitively over.

Racing: Michelle Payne is personality plus as Patrick Bartley wins news award

Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne.

Michael Lynch Michelle Payne's feet have hardly touched the ground since she made history by becomning the first woman to ride the winner of the Melbourne Cup.