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.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's decision to extend Kevin Muscat's contract by a further three seasons and give the club legend a real chance to put his stamp on the club as a coach in the way that he did as a...
Michael Lynch The Melbourne City revival continues, while Perth Glory just keep on keeping on, belying the critics who believe they are merely functional rather than fluid, efficient rather than exciting.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip saw his side's spirited draw with league leaders Perth Glory as a point gained rather than two lost.
Michael Lynch What a difference a goal makes. This game was a rather stolid affair for 45 minutes with both teams barely fashioning a chance as a kind of post-Christmas inertia descended on AAMI Park.
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou is getting used to being shot by both sides.
Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat will be the boss at Melbourne Victory for at least another three years after the club on Boxing Day announced it had extended his tenure until the end of the 2017/18 season.
Michael Lynch So how solid is Melbourne City's recent revival?
Michael Lynch No one can doubt Robert Koren's talents as a footballer. Anyone who has scored the winning goal for his country in a World Cup finals game, captained it and spent seven years playing in the English...
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou left no hostages to fortune when he declared his aims for the national team as he unveiled his 23-man squad for the Asian Cup.
Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns' goals glut has seen him grab an 11th hour place in the Australian squad for the Asian Cup.
Michael Lynch Mark Bresciano and Tim Cahill have nothing to prove.
Michael Lynch Two clean sheets, six points out of six and the emergence of a handful of promising youngsters as genuine first team choices.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City midfielder Jacob Melling might appear to have dodged a bullet when shown only a yellow card after throwing an elbow into the face of Melbourne Victory midfielder Leigh Broxham on...
Michael Lynch When things are not going your way you can't take a trick.
Michael Lynch Erik Paartalu's dramatic last-minute header gives Melbourne City a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.
Michael Lynch Jordan qualified easily enough – with a game to spare when runners-up to Oman.
Michael Lynch China qualified by the skin of their teeth on goal difference having finished third in their group headed by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Only just got there ahead of Lebanon.
Michael Lynch In an interview with the Australian Financial Review earlier this month Westfield Corporation's co-chief executive Steven Lowy suggested he wasn't that interested in taking over as chairman of...
Michael Lynch Melbourne City is finally set to unleash its overseas marquee player Robert Koren on the A-League _ and he could not have chosen a more high profile game than Saturday night's derby against Melbourne...
Michael Lynch In the Melbourne Victory dressing room these days Leigh Broxham goes by the nickname of "Mascherano".