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.

Peter Moody favourite scratched by stewards on suspicion of raceday treatment

Michael Lynch Peter Moody has been in the headlines as part of an ongoing cobalt investigation of his galloper Lidari, but even though he is away on holiday he was in the spotlight at Moonee Valley on Saturday...

Socceroos or Croatia? The family ties that bind

Another well-known member of the Croatian community who has made a name in Australian soccer is Tony Popovic.

Michael Lynch Down the decades, all manner of men from all manner of ethnic backgrounds have worn the green and gold Socceroos shirt. 

A-League: Stability leads to success, argues players' union in new survey

Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Stability generally leads to success. Strong management and a committed workforce that buys into the project and gets rewards for its efforts tends to bring dividends in the business world.

If it's not believable, why bet on it or watch it?

Mark Kavanagh is facing cobalt charges as the integrity issue heats up.

Michael Lynch The entertainment business does not, in general, need to be real to be credible.

FFA: Falvo takes on new football politics role

New FFA executive Mark Falvo (centre) shaking hands with ex Socceroo Brett Emerton during the Asian Cup trophy tour last year.

Michael Lynch Fresh from helping to successfully run the Asian Cup in Australia earlier this year Mark Falvo has rejoined the FFA's management team in a new role as head of international affairs and government...

Jake Bayliss breaks drought with double as Dunn closes in on Oliver and Williams

Jake Bayliss rode his first winner for two months and promptly made it a double.

Michael Lynch Champion trainer Darren Weir notched a midweek double to stretch his lead over Peter Moody in the metropolitan trainers title race to three.

Archie Thompson deal waits on FFA veterans salary cap agreement

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory is anxiously waiting on the FFA to ratify a new deal on veteran players' wages so that Archie Thompson can sign a contract to keep him with the champions for an 11th season.

Melbourne City sign Australian youth international Steve Kuzmanovski

Steve Kuzmanovski.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has bolstered its squad depth by signing teenage Australian youth international Steve Kuzmanovski for the 2015/16 season.

FFA Cup: Victorian battlers dream of clash with Victory, City, after upset wins

Inaugural FFA Cup champions Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Call it the magic of the cup. Call it midwinter madness. Call it what you will. 

Racing clear: Patrick Moloney set on Apprentices title

Michael Lynch There are very few jockeys who stay at school until they have finished Year 12, and even less who step into the wider world with an Enter score of 90.

FIFA corruption: Will Lowy reputation be dimmed by Australian revelations?

Michael Lynch When FFA chairman Frank Lowy took a tumble from the presentation dais at the A-League Grand Final the 84-year-old billionaire was widely lauded for bouncing back to his feet and getting on with the...

Outsiders dominate in day of Valley upsets

Michael Lynch In the winter months its the chance for apprentices to shine in the metroplitan area. And its also a time for outsiders to earn their keep as the tracks soften.

Emotional Mark Kavanagh gets Queensland Derby fillip as cobalt case drags on

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh is one of the more emotional men in the mounting yard, particularly when he has trained a big race winner.

Racing Victoria Opt for Seven in free to air racing deal

Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria is set to clinch a deal for free to air and digital coverage of horse racing with the Seven Network _ as soon as the key race clubs in the state, who have been involved in the...

Socceroo signs A-League deal: Franjic coup for Melbourne City

?Moving ahead: Ivan Franjic is back in Australia.

Michael Lynch It's not often that a current Socceroo in his mid-20s returns to the A-League to sign a long-term deal, but Australian defender Ivan Franjic has become the first in what is expected to be a wave...

Sepp Blatter quits: The sport cannot miss this chance for root and branch reform

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Immediately Sepp Blatter's return sparked suggestions of a boycott of the next World Cup by the sport's most successful European nations, and pressure was instantly put on sponsors and businesses...

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Melbourne Victory out in the cold? The big shows go on without the champions

Main man: Harry Kane

Michael Lynch Sydney FC is looking forward to facing English Premier League champions Chelsea in front of an 80,000 crowd at Stadium Australia on Tuesday night.

Harry Kane, he scored, and Tottenham Hotspur conquered Sydney FC

In control: Tottenha star Harry Kane taking on Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium.

Michael Lynch He's the man who has taken the Premier League by storm this season, the striker most  of the 70,000 fans who turned up at Stadium Australia on Saturday night were keenest to see when...

Sepp Blatter's win might turn out to be the beginning of the end for him and even FIFA

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Turkeys rarely vote for Christmas, so it's hardly surprising that Sepp Blatter managed to win the FIFA election on Friday and gain for himself a fifth term as president of the world's biggest sports...

FIFA corruption to prompt blowback from Australia's Asian partners?

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and UEFA president Michel Platini attend the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday.

Michael Lynch  Australia's decision to move against Sepp Blatter will give its enemies in the Asian Football Confederation another reason to try to kick it out.