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 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...
Michael Lynch Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez could probably find work as a diplomat if his football career stalled.
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.
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...
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.
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...
Michael Lynch There are few sports in the world that change the rules as rarely as soccer.
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.
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.
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...
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?
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...
Michael Lynch For a handful of horses the bleak midwinter is the time when the sun really shines.
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...
Michael Lynch Cynics and hard headed football fans might deride competitions such as the International Champions Cup as glorified practice matches.
Michael Lynch and Adam Pengilly It was a tale of two cities for beleaguered trainer Peter Moody on Saturday.
Michael Lynch Craig Williams notched a hat trick, Damien Oliver a double, while Dwayne Dunn drew a blank.
Michael Lynch Some trainers with many horses struggle to get a winner at Flemington, such is the competition at Victoria's premier track.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos are reigning Asian champions, having seen off South Korea in that thrilling final in Sydney six months ago.
Michael Lynch Building a squad capable of winning a grand final is difficult enough. But keeping that group together is almost impossible.