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.

Reds march on to semi in Sydney as Victory eye City blockbuster

Michael Lynch The prospect of  a Melbourne A-League finals blockbuster came one step closer when Adelaide United ended Brisbane Roar's Championship defence at the first time of asking at the Adelaide...

Time for marquee man Robert Koren to show Melbourne City the way

Robert Koren has helped City make the playoffs, but his impact has not been that which might be expected of a man of his experience and status.

Michael Lynch Finals football, with its increased pressure and greater intensity, is different.

City look to experienced men to shock favourites Phoenix

John Van't Schip head coach of Melbourne City

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix at home to Melbourne City in a sudden death knock out final. The team that is struggling to get over the line in front of its own fans, and the team whose recent form on the road...

Kevin Muscat's variations on an Ange Postecoglou template

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Michael Lynch Tony Popovic and Kevin Muscat were never the most burnished of Australia's golden generation of footballers.

Lucky break Brisbane out to defend championship

Bad news for Perth Glory has been good luck for Brisbane Roar.

Michael Lynch Teams winning competitions they haven't qualified for is not entirely unknown in football, and Brisbane Roar are taking advantage of Perth's misfortune with a chance to defend their championship.

Soccer's popularity growing at grassroots

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Michael Lynch The increased profile of the A-League, the Socceroos success in the Asian Cup and more female players has fuelled record growth in the number of people playing soccer in Victoria.

Unsettled Melbourne City out to upset Wellington Phoenix applecart

Picture this: Melbourne City players gather ahead of their clash with Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Winning a final for any team is motivation enough, but if Melbourne City needed any more encouragement when they take on Wellington Phoenix on Sunday it comes in the shape of a potential blockbuster...

It's not just about wages, says union as it negotiates soccer deal

Talks are in progress between the FFA and players on a new CBA.

Michael Lynch Footballers of all shapes and sizes and in all codes are concerned mainly with one thing: the size of their wage packet. That's the common perception.

Muscat honoured as captain of PFA's Team of the Decade

Kevin Muscat in his days as player in 2009.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat captained Melbourne Victory to two premiership-championship doubles as a player and he is now poised to lead them to the same achievement as their coach.

Victory v City blockbuster a finals chance

Besart Berisha of the Victory scores during a clash between the two Melbourne teams in February,

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory could host Melbourne City in a blockbuster A-League semi-final with the game likely to be shifted from AAMI Park to Etihad Stadium on Friday May 8.

Ecstatic Kevin Muscat salutes his Premiers Plate winners

Victory coach Kevin Muscat thanks fans for their support  after the game.

Michael Lynch and Jesse Hogan For a footballing traditionalist like Kevin Muscat, topping the table after the home-and-away season is the honour that really counts.

Victory seal Premiership Plate with comfortable win over Mariners

Fine footwork: Anthony Caceres of Central Coast and Leigh Broxham of Melbourne compete.

Michael Lynch A coronation needs an appropriate celebration, and that's what  22,285 Melbourne Victory fans got on Sunday afternoon when their team sealed the A-League's Premiers Plate with an...

Salary cap, loan fee charges key topics in A-League wage talks

Perth Glory has been excluded from the finals for salary cap violations.

Michael Lynch With the A-League home and away season ending and the finals looming over the next few weeks, the issue of the competition's Collective Bargaining Agreement falls into sharper relief.

City shocker puts heat on van 't Schip to turn things around quickly

John van 't Schip:

Michael Lynch If ever Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip is going to earn his wages it will be over the next few days as he tries to turn his inconsistent side around in time to be competitive in the A-League...

Melbourne City coach hopeful of turnaround in finals

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip speaks to the media after Saturday's game.

Michael Lynch His team might have just been on the end of a 4-1 hammering by Adelaide United but Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip retains the faith that they can turn things around inside a week and progress...

Adelaide rout lacklustre Melbourne City in finals warm-up romp

Harry Novillo (right) of Melbourne City competes for the ball with Pablo Snchez Alberto of Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Adelaide United tuned up for the finals in tremendous style when they put a poor Melbourne City side, who finished with ten players following Kew Jaliens second half dismissal,  to the sword at...

John Sadler seeks more SA riches after Japhil's Morphettville triumph

Michael Lynch Victorian trainer John Sadler is no stranger to success in South Australia, and he added to his Adelaide bank balance on Saturday with improving three year old filly Japhils in the listed HC Nitschke...

A-League salary cap dramas: someone will always sail close to the wind

James Troisi scored Australia's crucial second goal in the recent 2-2 draw with Germany.

Michael Lynch Wherever there is a salary cap there will be smart negotiators and club list managers, agents and officials trying to find ways to push it to the limit to gain an edge.

City need to show mental toughness for finals, says coach

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Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip acknowledges that his players have to have a tougher mindset in adversity if they are to make any progress into the A-League finals.

A-League grand final will likely be at AAMI if Melbourne Victory make it: Gallop

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Michael Lynch If Melbourne Victory hosts the Grand Final it now seems almost certain that it will be played at AAMI Park _ even though using the boutique venue will cost the FFA hundreds of thousands of dollars in...