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.

Victory and Glory share spoils in combustible encounter

Michael Lynch The pile up at the top of the A-League ladder has become more congested than ever with just five points separating the top five sides after league leaders Perth Glory and  challengers Melbourne...

Trainer Mick Price wonders if his colt is ready for Golden Slipper victory

Michael Lynch Mick Price has never had a Golden Slipper winner, but he is hoping that impressive Flemington debut scorer Ready For Victory can achieve what the likes of flying filly Samaready couldn't, and give...

Oliver's loss is Prebble's Gai-n as Wandjina scores in Guineas

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - MARCH 07:  Brett Prebble riding Wandjina reacts after winning from Douglas Whyte riding Alpine Eagle in Race 7, the Australian Guineas during Australian Guineas Day at Flemington Racecourse on March 7, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Expatriate Australian Brett Prebble and South African superstar Douglas Whyte have probably lost count of the number of tight finishes they have fought out in Hong Kong, where the pair have both been...

Melbourne City's dozen days to make their A-League season

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Michael Lynch Successful A League seasons are constructed over 27 games, not two or three.

It's a beautiful game ... or sometimes not so much

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Michael Lynch Is winning all that matters, or is it the manner in which the game is played that counts?

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Asian addiction to Aussie centre-backs continues as Leijer tries his luck

Adrian Leijer is the latest of the Australian centre-backs to try their luck in Asia.

Michael Lynch There's nothing a Chinese or South Korean soccer scout likes as much, it seems, as a big, strong, strapping Australian centre-back.

Melbourne City brace for Central Coast Mariners backlash after Phil Moss sacking

In happier times: Phil Moss with Mariners captain  John Hutchinson in December last year.

Michael Lynch One of the oldest cliches in the football world is that the worst time to take on a team is the next game after they have just sacked their manager.

Melbourne Victory need to stay switched on to see off Perth, says coach Kevin Muscat

Comeback: Victory defender Matthieu Delpierre.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory must maintain concentration for the full 90 minutes if it is to see off the challenge of league leader Perth Glory on Saturday night and go to the top of the A-League ladder itself,...

Greater challenges await for Melbourne City's title-winning youth players

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Michael Lynch Its a sad fact of professional football life, but for the vast majority of the Melbourne City team of youngsters who won the 2014-15 National Youth League championship at the weekend, the triumph...

Brisbane Roar and Western Sydney Wanderers still in Asian Champions League hunt

Brandon Borrello of Brisbane Roar in action during the ACL match in Japan.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar's win in Japan keeps them in the hunt for a place in the knockout phases of the Asian Champions League, while titleholders Western Sydney Wanderers' loss is a setback but not a decisive...

League leadership on the line as top two clash at AAMI Park

Two of Victory's key scorers: Besart Berisha and Kosta Barbarouses.

Michael Lynch It is first versus second, a clash between the adventurers of Melbourne Victory and the pragmatists of Perth Glory when the pair clash at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Don't bet against a Melbourne grand final interstate

Damien De Bohun:

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory v Melbourne City in an  A-League grand final, with the match held interstate? It sounds ludicrous, but, it seems, it's not impossible.

City sign French winger as Duff replacement

Injured: Damien Duff.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City FC has signed French winger Harry Novillo on an injury-replacement contract to cover for Irish international Damien Duff, whose season, if not career, has been ended by injury.

Frank Lampard was never likely for Melbourne City, says Brian Marwood

Melbourne City says it has learnt from the short stint which David Villa had with the club.

Michael Lynch Former England superstar and Chelsea legend Frank Lampard was never a real option for Melbourne City, Brian Marwood, the football administration officer for the club's Abu Dhabi-controlled owner,...

Merrick delighted, Muscat dejected, as Victory's old boss beats his former skipper

Archie Thompson of the Victory with a plaque which was presented to him to mark his 200th game.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat could not disguise his disappointment at his side’s slipshod set-piece defending after conceding two goals through free kicks to Wellington Phoenix in...

Wellington break Victory duck in five-goal thriller

Double header as Besart Berisha of the Victory and Benjamin Sigmund of the Phoenix contend for the ball.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoneix's inability to win away against Melbourne Victory finally snapped.

Alpine Eagle soars, but where will he land?

Damien Oliver takes Alpine Eagle to the front past Nicholas Hall on Firehouse Rock in the Caulfield Autumn Stakes on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Legendary trainer Bart Cummings always said there was a simple formula to getting racehorses to deliver on their potential: patience. 

Smerdon quinellas Oakleigh Plate and Blackiston mare causes Futurity shock

Shamal Wind, Dwayne Dunn up, romps home in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Mares dominated the Group One contests for the older horses at Caulfield when Robert Smerdon's Shamal Wind produced a whirlwind finish to lead home a stable quinella in the $400,000 Oakleigh Plate...

Suavito springs group 1 upset and downs Dissident in Futurity

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Nigel Blackiston sprang a group one surprise at Caulfield when his mare Suavito upset the odds laid on hot favourite Dissident when she came home fast and late under Damien Oliver...

Sabatini wins at group level for the second time in a fortnight when she scores in the Angus Armanasco Stakes

Michael Lynch Gabriela Sabatini was one of the top tennis players of her era _ a US Open winner, with a best world ranking of number three and a silver medal winner at the Seoul Olympics in 1988.