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, Goodwood. With spring around the corner and the higher quality meetings about to get under way with a new season starting, it is tempting to think that the future winners of the big carnival features will be...
Michael Lynch There have been Irish, French, Japanese and German trained winners of the Melbourne Cup, and both the English and the fabulously wealthy Godolphin operation from Dubai have knocked up trying, without...
Michael Lynch, London Liverpool pulled 96,000 plus to the MCG when they played Melbourne Victory at the cavernous stadium in 2013.
Michael Lynch The players union and soccer's governing body, the FFA, have still to resolve their impasse over the new CBA nearly a month after the previous agreement expired.
Michael Lynch There's nothing like an arresting statistic to grab your attention, so when I was monitoring my social media feed and an article from the Irish Times popped up about salaries in America's major...
Michael Lynch Rafa Benitez, the Real Madrid boss, could hardly contain his smiles in a post match analysis of his team's destruction of Manchester City in front of almost 100,000 fans at the MCG.
Michael Lynch What a difference six days makes. Last Saturday night Real Madrid were derided for a lack of adventure in a scoreless stalemate against AS Roma in the opening ICC match, a boring encounter which drew...
Michael Lynch The result might not be that important for either club, but Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants his side to play at a high tempo and with intensity when it takes on Real Madrid in the final...
Michael Lynch Spanish superclub Real Madrid might be facing Manchester City at the MCG on Friday night, but much of the media's pre-match focus was on the Reds of Manchester, not the Sky Blues.
Michael Lynch Superstar English jockey Ryan Moore was the star of the Melbourne spring last year, scooping the Cox Plate aboard the Irish trained Adelaide and the Melbourne Cup on the German raider Protectionist.
Michael Lynch I love the MCG. I really do. Especially when footy or a big cricket match is being staged there.
Michael Lynch The MCG may be regarded as one of the great cathedrals of world sport, but certainly the coaches of some of Europe's biggest clubs don't rate it as a place to play soccer.
Michael Lynch Manchester City edged AS Roma on penalties at the MCG, with their new $103m signing Raheem Sterling making a dream debut.
Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Socceroo goalkeeper Maty Ryan is poised to become one of the few Australians to play in Spain's La Liga after agreeing a deal to move to one of the country's most successful clubs, Valencia.
Michael Lynch Roma coach Rudi Garcia was delighted that his side showed a "winning mentality" by defeating Real Madrid in a shoot-out in the opening ICC match on Saturday night.
Michael Lynch Manchester City has yet to supply its Melbourne affiliate with a big name player, while, perhaps not so surprisingly, no-one has made the journey in the other direction, from Latrobe University to...
Michael Lynch People who pay big money to see some of the biggest stars in the world game in action have every right to express their opinion, but matches like these always come with the label buyer beware.
Michael Lynch The MCG's surface continues to be a major issue for the star European clubs who have arrived in Melbourne for the ICC tournament.
Michael Lynch The most expensive English footballer in history, Manchester City's 49 million pound England international Raheem Sterling, is set to make his Sky Blue debut in Melbourne this week.
Michael Lynch For a player who has not yet turned 21, Manchester City's record-breaking acquisition, Raheem Sterling, has already generated enough controversy to last most players a lifetime.