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.

Price and Hayes/Dabernig camps stake Diamond claims with impressive pair

Michael Lynch To win one of Australia's great two-year-old races – the Blue Diamond or the Golden Slipper – you need a precocious horse that is "bombproof", a galloper that is uncomplicated, easy to...

Melbourne City look for defensive stability as title race enters final stage

Michael Lynch If ever a club needed to sign a defender it was Melbourne City, struggling with an injury-prone defence and a propensity to leak goals unmatched by any teams in the A-League other than cellar...

All that glistens is not necessarily gold, but China looks like soccer's El Dorado

Yaya Toure of Manchester City (left) is reported to have been offered staggering sums to play in China.

Michael Lynch The impact Chinese clubs have had on the January transfer window has been staggering. 

Alex Wilkinson confirmed at Melbourne City, but won't play against Newcastle Jets

Latest signing: Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson has joined Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City have confirmed Socceroos defender Alex Wilkinson will be joining the title-chasing club in a deal that will take him through to the end of the current A-League season.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat not looking for Carl Valeri replacement

Club man: Leigh Broxham will play his 200th game for Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says he is not chasing an injury replacement for captain Carl Valeri, who has been ruled out for the rest of the season because of a virus that has affected his...

Brain condition ends Melbourne Victory skipper Carl Valeri's season

Out for the season: Carl Valeri.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's fears have been confirmed with the news that captain Carl Valeri will miss the remainder of the A-League season, as he recovers from an inflammatory condition affecting part of...

Melbourne City need defensive reinforcement and Alex Wilkinson fits the bill

Potential signing: Alex Wilkinson.

Michael Lynch Socceroos centre back Alex Wilkinson is set to sign for A-League title chasers Melbourne City unless an 11th hour bid from a cashed up Chinese club prises him out of City's grasp.

Soccer: Fahid Ben Khalfallah cops one-match ban

Fahid Ben Khalfallah walks past Kevin Muscat after being sent off.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will be without forward Fahid Ben Khalfallah for one game after the FFA's match review panel confirmed a one-match suspension for the Tunisian international.

Racing: Valley set for Chinese frolics while Price tips Tarzino to be Derby star

Michael Lynch It might be the Chinese Year of the Monkey when the old year ends and the new one begins early next week.

Soccer: Terry's Chelsea departure could spark calls for A-League bids

Michael Lynch John Terry's likley departure from Chelsea at the end of the season has sparked a wave of speculation about where he might spend the remaining days of his career, with the A-League being touted...

Soccer: Top six may all but be decided, but finishing places all up in the air

Michael Lynch It is one of the closest title races in A-League history.

Soccer: Melbourne City's template sets standard for contenders

Michael Lynch Properly funded and resourced women's team can deliver high standards of play, and great entertainment.

Melbourne City star Kim Little wins player of grand final award

Michael Lynch Kim Little has all the weapons needed to hurt the opposition, and the Scottish international did just that in the W-League grand final.

Melbourne City crown perfect season with W-League grand final win over Sydney FC

Kim Little celebrates her goal with teammates.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's W-League season for the ages has ended in the best possible fashion with a 4-1 Grand Final triumph over Sydney FC at AAMI Park, delivering the club the title in its first season of...

Melbourne Victory rue refereeing decisions and ill discipline after loss in Perth

Fahid Ben Khalfallah walks past Kevin Muscat after being sent off.

Michael Lynch As Victory battle to defend their A-League title, they can not afford any ill discipline or slip ups of the kind that cost them at least a point in Perth.

Matildas get free-to-air TV deal with Channel Seven for Rio Olympics qualifiers

TV deal: The Matildas' attempt to qualify for Rio will be shown on Channel Seven.

Michael Lynch The Matildas' World Cup feats have helped secure a free-to-air television deal for their Rio Olympics qualifiers in Japan starting next month.

W-League: Melbourne City, Sydney, primed for title battle as Jesh Fishlock sweats on fitness

Soccer ball

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach Joe Montemurro will give co-captain and assistant coach Jesh Fishlock "until the pre-match warm-up" to prove her fitness before Sunday afternoon's W-League grand final against...

Melbourne City's A-League title hopes could rest on strengthening defence

Michael Lynch The unstoppable force - Melbourne City's attack - met the immovable object in the form of the Western Sydney Wanderers' defence and midfield.

Soccer: Defensive backbone Jen Beattie eyes W-League medal as perfect souvenir

Michael Lynch "She's good, she can move. It's modern. Modern girls,  modern boys. It's tremendous." So says the eponymous Gregory in the cult Scottish rom-com with a difference, Gregory's Girl, set in the...