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.

Soccer

Manchester City's offer for Melbourne Heart came from out of the blue

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's directors were always open to the idea of selling, but they never imagined it would be investors with the financial clout of Manchester City.

Soccer

Manchester City, Melbourne Heart deal a win-win situation for everyone

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Harry Kewell of the Heart looks on during the round 14 A-League match between Perth Glory and the Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium on January 10, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Now that Manchester City has led the way, who knows what could possibly follow?

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Soccer

Melbourne Heart sold to consortium that includes Manchester City owners

Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is understood to have completed a sale worth around $11 million with a significant amount of the funding believed to be coming from middle eastern investors who have bankrolled...

Football

Manchester City buy A-League club Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch English Premier League club Manchester City, in partnership with a group of owners of NRL side the Melbourne Storm, have acquired A-League franchise the Melbourne Heart.

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Soccer

Ex-Victory coach rises from ashes at Phoenix

Michael Lynch At 61, age certainly doesn't appear to be wearying Ernie Merrick.

Soccer

A-League TV ratings hit for six

The television build-up to an A-League match between Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

Jon Pierik and Michael Lynch Media strategist claims there are ''worrying dynamics'' in recent weeks, with numbers of viewers slipping.

Football

Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Soccer

Melbourne Victory signing Tom Rogic says he is better than ever

Tom Rogic

Michael Lynch For a man who is expected to reinvigorate Melbourne Victory's depleted midfield and reboot its floundering season Tom Rogic looked remarkably relaxed and self contained as he fronted the media for...

Soccer

Victory gets Tom Rogic and high hopes for Sunday clash with Sydney

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat's side looks to regroup from its thrashing at the hands of Wellington Phoenix.

Soccer

Tom Rogic joins Melbourne Victory

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Socceroo midfielder Tom Rogic has clinched a deal to move on loan to Melbourne Victory until the end of May.

Soccer

Get Tom Rogic, sack Mitch Nichols

Adrian Leijer is yellow-carded.

Michael Lynch Victory was abject in Wellington, but there were some mitigating circumstances.

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Soccer

Tantalising win, but can Heart do it again?

Heart supporters

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be like a London bus?

Football

Confidence is key to more victories after end of winless run for Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be a rare bright spot in a season of shame, or will it be like a London bus?

Soccer

Muscat stays tight-lipped over Rogic

Michael Lynch One thing seems likely - Mitch Nichols could well have played his last game in navy blue.

Football

Melbourne Heart break A-League drought with win over Newcastle Jets

Massimo Murdocca

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's marketing slogan this season has been 'Heart Believe''.

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Soccer

Tom Rogic may yield to Asian lure

Michael Lynch The lure of the Asian Champions League is likely to push Rogic into the arms of Victory or the Mariners.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart ready to unleash recruit Orlando Engelaar

Heart coach John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Desperate times call for desperate measures.

Soccer

Heart desperate to avoid unwanted record

Heart players react as referee Ben Williams gives Patrick Kisnorbo a red card.

Michael Lynch Not all records are worth holding, as Melbourne Heart owners, administrators, players and fans will tell you.

Football

Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory in race for Tom Rogic's signature

rogic

Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch The race for Socceroos star Tom Rogic's signature is becoming a three-way battle between A-League rivals Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners.

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Football

Tom Rogic won't join Graham Arnold in Japan

Michael Lynch Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will not be linking up with his former Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold in Japan as he tries desperately to get game time to strengthen his World Cup claims.