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.

The only way is up for rock-bottom City, says Corey Gameiro

Michael Lynch There's only one place you can go when you hit rock-bottom.

Kevin Muscat tips goal feast at AAMI as adventurous Mariners come to town

Thinking about a shootout: Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat expects a lively clash with the Central Coast Mariners.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory are relentless going forward and pride themselves on their ability to outscore any opposition.

Socceroos in charge of own destiny after Jordan's loss

The Socceroos got the job done in Bangladesh.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos' hit and run raid on Bangladesh was hugely successful: three points gained, a clean sheet and back on the plane home.

Tim Cahill eases Socceroos down road to Russia World Cup

Who ya gonna call? Tim Cahill.

Michael Lynch Ever since the Asian Cup success earlier this year the received wisdom amongst those who follow the Australian team most closely has been that Ange Postecoglou would somehow have to find a way...

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Fahid Ben Khalfallah condemns Paris religious terror

Fahid Ben Khalfallah has condemned the terror attacks in France, where he was born and raised.

Michael Lynch French-born winger Fahid Ben Khalfallah has condemned the Islamist fanatics who slaughtered 129 people in the Paris attacks, with the Tunisian international saying he could not understand people who...

Oliver Bozanic's Socceroo inspiration pays dividends

Oliver Bozanic of the Victory.

Michael Lynch The 10-year anniversary of Australia's momentous World Cup qualifying win over Uruguay is all over the airwaves and the media, providing a warm afterglow in the memories of  those...

Soccer: Victory make a statement and show Sydney they are still the top dogs

Man of the moment: Besart Berisha.

Michael Lynch Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold was perfectly right when he said in the aftermath of his side's 4-2 home loss to a rampant Melbourne Victory that the game was decided "in the big moments".

Des O'Keefe scoffs at idea of special allowance for female riders

Michael Lynch Michelle Payne's groundbreaking win in the Melbourne Cup stirred up a hornet's nest of debate about gender equity in horse racing – and other sports – not just in Australia but all over...

Horseracing: Almoonqith wins Sandown Cup for Michael Walker, who pays tribute to his dead mate

Michael Walker riding Almoonqith wins the Sandown Cup at Sandown.

Michael Lynch Jockey Michael Walker signed off for the next few months with a big race winner when he scored in the $150,000 Sandown Cup aboard the David Hayes trained Almoonqith.

Horseracing: Mahuta stars at Sandown - could Cox Plate be a long term target?

Michael Lynch When a young improving three year old colt starts to hit his straps the sky can be the limit.

Horseracing: Casino Dancer springs Eclipse surprise for Van Gestel

Michael Lynch If you think jockey of the moment Michelle Payne came from a large family, think again.

Horseracing: Charmed Harmony sees them off and proves trainer wrong

Glen Boss rode Charmed Harmony to victory on Saturday.

Michael Lynch "Wouldn't you like to own one like him?" declared jockey Glen Boss after he had made all the running on Charmed Harmony and held enough up his sleeve to see off all challengers in the Group 3 Sandown...

Horseracing: Zahra bounces back from ban with a second ride winner

Mark Zahra in action.

Michael Lynch For most jockeys Melbourne Cup week is the zenith of the racing calendar but for leading Victorian rider Mark Zahra the Flemington festival was the place to avoid.

Soccer: The days end for Sun King Frank Lowy as faithful gather to pay tribute

Australian soccer's biggest fan and biggest financial backer, Frank Lowy.

Michael Lynch Has there been any sporting official who so defines their game or code as Frank Lowy, the retiring chairman of Football Federation Australia? 

A-League: How long will the paymasters accept Melbourne City's boom-and-bust cycle?

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip is under the pump.

Michael Lynch In a salary-capped league, not even the richest owners in the world can go out and buy success by signing top players.

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip takes blame for A-League loss to Western Sydney Wanderers

Frustration: Melbourne City's Jack Clisby argues with the assistant referee after the Wanderers' contentious second goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip took the blame for his side's dreadful performance against a resurgent Western Sydney Wanderers.

Wanderers on the march as Mooy-less City crash 3-0 at home

Mitch Nichols of the Wanderers (right) celebrates a goal with Frederico Piovaccari.

Michael Lynch Could Melbourne City win a match without their marquee man Aaron Mooy, away on Socceroo duty for the current round of World Cup qualifiers?

Options galore for Socceroos on road to World Cup

Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak of the Socceroos embrace after Cahill's goal against Kyrgyzstan.

Michael Lynch Australia's victory over Kyrgyzstan on Thurday was important for getting the World Cup qualifying campaign back on track.

We should have had 10, says Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou after World Cup romp

Tim Cahill and Mile Jedinak of the Socceroos high-five soon after their team was awarded a penalty.

Michael Lynch Socceroos boss Ange Postecoglou was delighted with his side's comprehensive demolition of a Kyrgyzstan side that rarely offered any sort of threat in their World Cup qualifier on Thursday night.

Australia outclass Kyrgyzstan with 3-0 World Cup qualifying win

Tim Cahill is embraced by Mile Jedinak after scoring to put Australia 2-0 ahead.

Michael Lynch Socceroos shrug off disappointment of a last start defeat in Jordan to outclass Kyrgyzstan.