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.

Totti looks forward to MCG debut, talks up ex Glory boy Danny Da Silva

Michael Lynch Italian football may have been in the relative doldrums these past few seasons _ its five years since a Serie A club won the Champions League _ but the nation's top teams may now be ready to...

Real Madrid: Benitez talks up his players, but questions MCG pitch

Rafa Benitez, coach of Real Madrid

Michael Lynch Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez could probably find work as a diplomat if his football career stalled. 

Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez queries MCG pitch ahead of Roma clash

Rafael Benitez

Michael Lynch Real Madrid coach Rafa Benitez called the quality of the MCG playing surface into question ahead of his side's clash with Roma.

Soccer: Roma legend Francesco Totti to light up MCG

Francesco Totti, the man who scored the penalty that broke Australian hearts in 2006.

Michael Lynch He's not quite the hate figure for many Australians that his teammate Fabio Grosso is, but Francesco Totti, the player synonymous with Italian club Roma, is not exactly the pin-up boy for many...

Soccer: Spanish superstars look slick as pre-season workload builds

Soccer aristocrat: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid trains at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch Its doubtful if the cry "dar y ir" - loosely the Spanish for "give and go" - has been heard too often in the past at AAMI Park.

Soccer: It's City v City, but sibling rivalry won't get out of hand

Recent signing for Melbourne City: Michael Zullo.

Michael Lynch For many of the Melbourne City squad that boarded a flight to the Gold Coast on Wednesday afternoon, Saturday's clash with sister club Manchester City will be a career highlight - as well as a steep...

Stoppages: Soccer evolves tactics, rather than force change

Michael Lynch There are few sports in the world that change the rules as rarely as soccer.

Government wants Victory and City invited to the next big dance against Euro giants

Victorian Minister for Sport John Eren.

Michael Lynch Victorian sports minister John Eren says he will insist on either Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City being involved in the next high-profile soccer tournament staged in the state.

Real Madrid stars take to AAMI turf

Michael Lynch It might be the height of summer in Madrid, but for the Galacticos of the world's biggest club Melbourne's midwinter chill, while perhaps unexpected, was something to be shrugged off.

A-League: Melbourne City swoop for Michael Zullo as former Socceroo looks to reboot career

Michael Zullo pictured in early 2014.

Michael Lynch Former Socceroo Michael Zullo is set to rekindle his career with A-League club Melbourne City and could feature for the Australian side as it takes on its "big brother" Manchester City on the Gold...

Ronaldo's coming to Melbourne, but will this season be his Real swansong?

Christiano Ronaldo

Michael Lynch Cristiano Ronaldo will be the headline act when Real Madrid take on AS Roma at the MCG next Saturday - but will this be the superstar's last season in the all-white shirt of the Castilian club?

Real Madrid bring star power to Melbourne

Michael Lynch In a world of big sporting beasts, they are behemoths, and they will be in Melbourne for the next fortnight building their brand, selling shirts and reinforcing their commercial position as the...

Melbourne winter yields spring clues

Leading the way: Craig Williams steers Jessy Belle to victory at Flemington on Saturday.

Michael Lynch For a handful of horses the bleak midwinter is the time when the sun really shines. 

Socceroos: Taggart, Good hope for fresh start in Championship, Premiership

Adam Taggart is fit and training in England.

Michael Lynch The last time Adam Taggart played a game as a member of the first team it was over 12 months ago, in the rarefied atmosphere of a World Cup, when he took the field as Australia's main striker in its...

Soccer superstars set to light up MCG

Michael Lynch Cynics and hard headed football fans might deride competitions such as the International Champions Cup as glorified practice matches.

Tale of two cities for Peter Moody as trainer digests cobalt charge

Michael Lynch and Adam Pengilly It was a tale of two cities for beleaguered trainer Peter Moody on Saturday.

Damien Oliver and Craig Williams dominate as Amovatio takes Winter Final

Michael Lynch Craig Williams notched a hat trick, Damien Oliver a double, while Dwayne Dunn drew a blank. 

Colin Rees strikes blow for battlers as Gauci gets the job done again

Michael Lynch Some trainers with many horses struggle to get a winner at Flemington, such is the competition at Victoria's premier track.

A-League: Everything in the soccer garden is rosy ... or is it?

Melbourne Victory, and coach Kevin Muscat, celebrate winning the A-League championship after their grand final triumph over Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos are reigning Asian champions, having seen off South Korea in that thrilling final in Sydney six months ago.

Victory retain bulk of Championship squad but must find Milligan replacement

Kevin Muscat admires the A-League trophy, something he would surely like to win again next season.

Michael Lynch  Building a squad capable of winning a grand final is difficult enough. But keeping that group together is almost impossible.