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.

Soccer: Hume look to cash in on cup run with AAMI switch if numbers add up

Hume's football operations manager says a decision is likely to be made in the next 24 hours.

Michael Lynch Its the biggest game in their history, and Victorian National Premier League club Hume City is aiming to cash in as much as they can by shifting their FFA Cup semi final against Melbourne Victory to...

Job done for Melbourne City, FFA Cup semi final looms, glorious memories for Heidelberg

Three strikes: Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City leaps over Jack Petrie of Heidelberg United during the FFA Cup quarter-final match on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch In the end the FFA Cup quarter final result went according to the script and gave injury ravaged Melbourne City the perfect platform to gain confidence ahead of their A-League season start next...

Melbourne Cup: Red Cadeaux could spend his retirement in Melbourne

Horse racing

Michael Lynch Globetrotting galloper Red Cadeaux is set to contest his fifth Melbourne Cup in five weeks time so the old stayer surely knows every blade of grass at the famous Flemington racetrack.

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip says FFA Cup ideal preparation for A-League

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip paid tribute to National Premier League club Heidelberg United after his A-League side killed off the part-timers with four second-half goals to ease into the...

Over 11,000 rock Olympic Village as Melbourne City see off spirited Heidelberg

Three strikes: Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City leaps over Jack Petrie of Heidelberg United during the FFA Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Heidelberg United fans turned out in force to see former Greek captain Kostas Katsouranis try to inspire them to a giant-killing win in an FFA Cup quarter-final against Melbourne City.

Melbourne 'retirement home' Living Legends offers spot to globetrotter Red Cadeaux

Michael Lynch Globetrotting galloper Red Cadeaux is set to contest his fifth Melbourne Cup in five weeks, so the old stayer surely knows every blade of grass at the famous Flemington racetrack.

Melbourne Victory sign Olyroo Giancarlo Gallifuoco

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have confirmed the capture of former Swansea City defender and Olyroos squad member Giancarlo Gallifuoco on a one-year deal.

FFA Cup 2015: Injury-ravaged Melbourne City cannot take anything for granted against Heidelberg

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City are reeling from a raft of injuries as they heads into their FFA Cup quarter-final with Heidelberg United on Tuesday night, a match that the A-League side is all too aware looms as a...

Speculation mounts on Luke Brattan's future as Melbourne Victory strengthen depth

Michael Lynch A-League clubs will be carefully monitoring the future of Socceroos squad member Luke Brattan if the former Brisbane Roar midfielder does indeed sign for Manchester City as speculation intensifies...

Glen Boss gets the fractions right – and he will never die wondering

Glenn Boss riding Black Tomahawk.

Michael Lynch It's said that all good jockeys have to have a stopwatch in their head so that they can judge pace accurately and give their horses every chance to win a race.

The Buff is back....and ready to rumble at his favourite track

Buffering (centre) with Damian Browne in the saddle, defeats Lankan Rupee (left – Craig Newitt up) and Rebel Dane (Craig Williams up) in the City Jeep Moir Stakes on Saturday.

Michael Lynch There are few horses racing these days that competed with credibility against the legendary Black Caviar and the highly feted Hay List.

FFA Cup minnows Heidelberg look to cash in on and off the field

Michael Lynch Heidelberg United has not stinted on upgrading the infrastructure at its suburban Olympic Village venue, splashing out more than $50,000 to make the old ground a fitting stage for Tuesday...

Former Greek skipper Kostas Katsouranis aims to lead Heidelberg to glory

Michael Lynch It's the biggest match in the club's history, and Heidelberg United has pulled out all the stops to give itself a chance of causing a boilover when it takes on one of the big boys of the A-League,...

Stratum Star makes it two Rupert Clarkes in a row for Darren Weir

Craig Williams takes Stratum Star (centre) to the front ahead of Damien Oliver on Disposition (right) and Mark Zahra on Under The Louvre (left) in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

Michael Lynch It was deja vu all over again in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes as an improving Darren Weir trained four year old got up to win the Group One handicap to set himself up for a tilt at more top...

Mourinho proves himself the special one

Riding high: Vlad Duric celebrates winning the Underwood Stakes aboard Mourinho.

Michael Lynch It was entirely in keeping with the manic joy that exploded in the Caulfield mounting yard following Mourinho's win in the Underwood Stakes that his trainer Peter Gelagotis — a man who had once...

Bon Aurum goes for Guineas gold as Miss Gunpowder makes explosive case

Michael Lynch Grand Annual steeplechases over the Warrnambool fences or Group One sprints like the Stradbroke up in Brisbane.

Manny Gelagotis hoping Mourinho can bounce back and give him group 1 return

Cox Plate hopeful: Mourinho will be looking to secure his place in the weight-for-age championship.

Michael Lynch Eleven months ago the Gelagotis stable from Moe was left fuming when their warhorse Mourinho was excluded from a capacity Cox Plate field at the discretion of the Moonee Valley stewards.

Where does the A-League fit in among the world's leagues?

How would Melbourne Victory players fare in England? Besart Berisha (right) celebrates with teammate Daniel Georgievski after converting a penalty.

Michael Lynch It's a perennial debate among Australian soccer fans. Where does the A-League fit in on the global standards league table?

Racing: O'Brien quintet go into quarantine, Melbourne next stop

Irish trainer Aidan O'Brien.

Michael Lynch Legendary Irish trainer Aidan O"Brien is set to make his strongest Melbourne Cup bid in years after putting a trio of highly rated stayers into quarantine at his showpiece Ballydoyle stables.

Is this the end for Archie Thompson?

Victory veteran Archie Thompson receives medical attention after being injured in a heavy challenge.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat had every reason to be delighted after their FFA Cup quarter-final victory, but his mood was badly affected by the serious injury to club and A-League legend...