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.

Promotion and relegation: don't expect it soon, but it must come some time

Michael Lynch With 10 games left in the A-League regular season, the most important issue - the teams which will make the finals - is almost decided.

Second-tier players have Premier ambitions

Adelaide United feature Jake Barker-Daish on their roster.

Michael Lynch The A-League is full of players who left Australia early to try their luck in Europe, didn't get the breaks or failed to make it there, and returned home to reboot their careers.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat 'moves on' to Brisbane Roar challenge

Moving on: Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat not about to fan the flames of further controversy following decision by a disciplinary committee to acquit Sebastian Ryall of diving on Wednesday night.

Archie Thompson set to join 200 club with Melbourne Victory

Archie Thompson is in line to play his 200th game for Victory on Friday night.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson will become only the second player in A-League history to play 200 games with one club when Melbourne Victory take on Brisbane Roar on Friday night – but it is long odds against...

Sebastian Ryall's A-League escape leaves many scratching their heads

In the spotlight: Sebastian Ryall.

Michael Lynch Sydney defender may not have been found guilty of simulation by the FFA's Disciplinary Committee. But in the court of public opinion, he will not be afforded the luxury of a not guilty verdict quite...

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Sydney, Victory, Perth bad boys in FFA dock as Jaliens receives City lifeline

In the dock: Sebastian Ryall.

Michael Lynch Sydney FC defender Sebastian Ryall must face the FFA’s disciplinary committee later this week to determine whether or not he dived and cheated to win a crucial penalty for his side in the 3-3...

Autumn carnival near, but jumpers look forward to winter

AJC chairman Bob Charley says jumps racing provided a variation to the racing menu during the off-season winter months.

Michael Lynch The autumn racing carnival is heating up with the Blue Diamond Stakes, Australian Cup and Newmarket Handicap on the horizon.

Socceroos' road to Russia will begin in Perth

David Gallop:

Michael Lynch It's been a long time between drinks for the Perth football public but the national team will make its first trip to Western Australia for a decade when it opens its campaign for a place in the 2018...

Referees under the pump, but Ryall has questions to answer too

Tough times: A-League referees, including Strebre Delovski, have come in for criticism in recent weeks.

Michael Lynch Australian referees are the worst in the world – if you believe the criticism that has been showered on the men in the middle following Strebre Delovski's Saturday night shocker in Sydney.

Victoria University links up with Real Madrid in sports masters program

Michael Lynch Melbourne based Victoria University has become the first Australian academic institution to link up with global football giant Real Madrid after inking a partnership deal which will allow the...

Melbourne City coach John van't Schip hails team's grit in Wellington bounceback

John van't Schip talks to the media after the match between Wellington Phoenix and Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City boss John van 't Schip wanted his side to show it had some character when it made one of the toughest road trips in the A-League, across the Tasman to take on an in form Wellington...

Kevin Muscat fumes at refereeing standards as Melbourne Victory officials put the heat on Strebre Delovski

Artistic differences: Referee Strebre Dilovski speaks to Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat on the sidelines on Saturday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory officials are so incensed over the handling of the club's 3-3 draw with Sydney FC that they may appeal to the FFA not to schedule Strebre Delovski for any of their remaining...

Can galloper Mourinho become 'The Special One' – just like Jose?

The Gelagotis brothers are confident Mourinho can run in the Cox Plate.

Michael Lynch He is known throughout the football world as "The Special One", and now the horse called Mourinho is shaping up for the Cox Plate.

Pride of Dubai set for Blue Diamond

Pride Of Dubai (left) just fails to run down Of The Brave in Saturday’s Blue Diamond Prelude.

Michael Lynch The Snowden training duo, father and son team Peter and Paul, know a thing or two about preparing Blue Diamond winners.

Dissident brooks no argument

Michael Lynch Dissident stamped himself as arguably the top 1400-to-1600-metre horse in the country when he claimed the fourth group1 victory of his career with a convincing triumph in the C.F.

San Nicasio makes all to stake Guineas claim

Ben Melham after winning aboard San Nicasio.

Michael Lynch Jockey Ben Melham had copped a spray from trainer Peter Moody for his ride on San Nicasio when he rode him into fourth place in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes at Sandown on Australia Day, the trainer...

Chautauqua gallops into favouritism for Newmarket Handicap

Dwayne Dunn on Chautauqua (left) defeats Chad Schofield on Flamberge in the Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch He's one of the world's highest ranked sprinters, and the Hawkes trained Chautauqua galloped into favouritism for the $1 million Newmarket Handicap next month when he resumed from a spell with a...

McCoy the Master a rider for the ages

Michael Lynch What makes a sportsman great? 

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou on top of the world

Man of the moment: Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch Alastair Clarkson is in a pretty untouchable position, having coached Hawthorn to three grand final wins in six years.

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The only way is up, says Victory boss Anthony Di Pietro

Bold vision: Anthony Di Pietro.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has lifted its average crowd to over 27,000 this season, boosted its membership to more than 24,000 and has plans to build a state of the art academy cum club centre within the next...