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 warns culture of complaint becoming stain on game

Kevin Muscat played the game hard, rough, tough and, in the eyes of his critics, sometimes dirty.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat isn't happy. Not with his team, but with a complaining culture - something he brands UnAustralian - that he says is beginning to infiltrate the local game to its detriment.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat disappointed at sharing points with Adelaide

Melbourne Victory players speak to referee Peter Green after he gave Leigh Broxham a second yellow card.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat was disappointed his 10-man team did not take all three points from its season opening match in Adelaide, having had the better of the game for long periods.

Ten-man Melbourne Victory held goalless by Adelaide United

Sergio Cirio of Adelaide United attempts to get past two Victory defenders during Friday's match.

Michael Lynch Just over two weeks ago Melbourne Victory put Adelaide United to the sword in the FFA Cup. But  an A League match against the same opponent with points at stake is a different affair.

Price looks right for Caulfield's Group 1 extravaganza

AFL Sherrin

Michael Lynch It's a group one grand final day for the colts and fillies at Caulfield, so it's entirely appropriate that one of the state's leading trainers, locally based handler Mick Price, should have a...

Thomas Sorensen's big-time experience can improve City's consistency

Banking on Thomas Sorensen's experience: John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch When John van 't Schip carried out a performance review at the end of Melbourne City's 2014-15 campaign he knew an upgrade of the playing stock was necessary if they were going to improve...

Soccer: Paartalu promises higher energy, more fluent City this season

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Michael Lynch The sun shines down on Melbourne City's pristine pitches at the well-appointed City Football Academy, the new multimillion-dollar training ground into which the Manchester City-owned club moved...

Scary time for A-League defenders: Besart Berisha is back, better than ever

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 08:  Besart Berisha of the Victory runs with the ball during a Melbourne Victory A-League training session at AAMI Park on October 8, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Besart Berisha is, by common consent, the A-League's top striker. 

No Victory compromise in pursuit of Cup, League and Champions League

Backing up: Melbourne Victory are well placed to defend their A-League title.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat and the club's management are determined that the A-League champions will not fall between two stools, as so many have done before them, when they compete in the...

Consistency and competition the key to Melbourne City success in A-League, says Patrick Kisnorbo

Patrick Kisnorbo of Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo, it's the C-words that will determine whether his team can build on its fourth-placed finish from last season and snare a championship and Asian Champions...

Soccer: Melbourne City brace for tough start, but John van 't Schip eyes improvement

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Michael Lynch The A-League fixture planners have hardly done Melbourne City any favours, forcing John van 't Schip's side to travel to last season's beaten grand finalists Sydney in round one before taking on...

Kevin Muscat relishing the challenge of A-League title defence as Adelaide test looms

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Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat is feeling toey. The season starts in a couple of days' time with a Friday night blockbuster against Victory's most enduring rival, Adelaide United at the City's famous old Adelaide...

Racing: Glen Boss set to test Kermadec's stamina with a gutbuster at Caulfield

Glen Boss and Kermadec.

Michael Lynch Can any horse win a Cox Plate if it hasn't won over the 2000 metre distance or further before it contests the Moonee Valley classic?

Racing: Waller - Bowman "bromance" flowers in the spring

Michael Lynch "Bromance" might too strong a word for it given Chris Waller's completely understandable jockey promiscuity. 

PFA chief says game cannot be complacent on eve of new A-League season

Adam Vivian has emphasised the importance of this season.

Michael Lynch The soccer players union, the PFA, is still inching towards a deal with the FFA for a new collective bargaining agreement, but it believes the opening of a new A-League season is the perfect...

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Get your imports right and you're on the way to A-League success

Square, dink, dinks, dinkus, head shot, Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch In a salary capped league with constraints on squad sizes and restrictions in other football related areas its difficult for A-League clubs to get an edge.

Can Preferment defy the odds and do the Derby and Cup double?

Class act: Hugh Bowman returns on Preferment after winning the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Its seemingly an axiom of modern racing life that the Victoria  Derby is a dreadful anachronism, a staying test run far too early in the season for immature three year olds; a race that...

Flemington for now, Sha Tin and Royal Ascot to come for Chautauqua

Dwyane Dunn, riding Chautauqua.

Michael Lynch Good horses find a way to win, whatever the circumstances. And Chautauqua, the Team Hawkes trained sprinter, has already proved he is good horse. Very good.

Soccer royalty Barcelona the big target for next year's ICC tournament

Drawcard: could Luis Suarez and Barcelona be bound for the MCG?

Michael Lynch  Real Madrid pulled a massive crowd of 99,382 to the MCG in July when they thumped Manchester City in the final match of the ICC tournament - more than the 98,633 that packed the venerable arena...

Victory in the driver's seat but Sydney, City, looking to take the wheel

Backing up: Melbourne Victory are well placed to defend their A-League title.

Michael Lynch It feels like the world's longest off-season, but for soccer-starved supporters the A-League finally kicks off next week, with Melbourne Victory the overwhelming favourite to defend its title.

Buffering sees off challenge from youngsters to win third Moir Stakes

Michael Lynch That marvellous old stager Buffering struck another blow for racing's greybeards in a spring being dominated by equine senior citizens when he powered away to win his third Moir Stakes at Moonee...