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.

World beater Terravista strikes a blow for the down-under battlers

Michael Lynch The world has come to Melbourne this spring and dominated the carnival, but on the last day the Australians  finally got their chance to strike back.

Postecoglou and the art of the tinkerman

In charge: Ange Postecoglou rallies the troops against Qatar.

Michael Lynch In the days when Claudio Ranieri was coaching Chelsea he was known as The Tinkerman, such was his penchant for chopping and changing his line up, trying out this player or that or experimenting with...

Set Square stars in the sun to brighten carnival's dark shadow

Too good: Hugh Bowman salutes the crowd.

Michael Lynch In the carousel that is the spring carnival, there are many horses _ and, for those involved in the game, there are just as many ups and downs.

Josh Kennedy inks deal to become City's Australian marquee

Josh Kennedy.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is boosting its striking stocks with the signing of former Socceroo Josh Kennedy, a player who has long been linked with a move to the Manchester City owned club.

Fat Pars – A-League preview

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Melbourne City adjusts to life without David Villa as Brisbane Roar test looms

Moving on: Patrick Kisnorbo (left) says David Villa has been a bit of a distraction.

Michael Lynch With David Villa's departure to New York – probably for good – it is tempting to suggest that for Melbourne City the season can rewind and start again after four problematic rounds that...

Melbourne Cup 2014: Andreas Wohler predicts Protectionist will just get better

Taste of cup success: Trainer Andreas Wohler and strapper Jose Luis Silvero with Protectionist on Wednesday.

Michael Lynch German trainer Andreas Wohler is predicting big things for his Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist, even though he will not be saddling him up for future races.

A-League the ticket to international stardom for Ange Postecoglou

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Michael Lynch Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou proves his respect for the domestic competition by naming six A-League players in his 23-man squad for next week's friendly against Japan.

Moore of the same as Ryan's Cup runneth over

Andreas Wohler and jockey Ryan Moore pose with the trophy after Protectionist won the Melbourne Cup on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch The great English jockey Lester Piggott was once described as having a face like a well-kept grave, so uncommunicative and unsmiling was his public image.

Melbourne Cup 2014: Protectionist wins the Cup

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Michael Lynch German stayer Protectionist simply ran away from his rivals to win the $6.2 million Melbourne Cup by an easy four lengths under star international jockey Ryan Moore.

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Melbourne Victory's Generation Next sounds warning

Guilherme Finkler of the Victory is congratulated by his teammates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix on Monday.

Michael Lynch If any of Melbourne Victory's rivals needed a warning that the club has the necessary strength in depth to mount a sustained challenge for the A-League championship they need only watch a replay of...

Makeshift Victory gets the job done against Phoenix

Kosta Barbarouses congratulates Conor Pain after his goal in the win against Wellington at AAMI Park on Monday night.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix had never beaten Melbourne Victory in the Victorian capital, but with Kevin Muscat's side missing four of this season's regular starters through injury and suspension Ernie...

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Melbourne Cup 2014: English mare My Ambivalent seeks to make her mark

Makybe Diva with strapper Christine Mitchell on November 2, 2005, after her third Melbourne Cup win.

Michael Lynch In the 18 Melbourne Cups between giant Kiwi galloper Empire Rose's success in 1988 and Makybe Diva's final triumph in 2005, mares were first past the post in the Melbourne Cup on seven occasions.

Melbourne Cup 2014: Gatewood back, but just visiting this time

Gatewood has a run at Werribee on Monday.

Michael Lynch It's fair to say that when most English folk are given the chance to sample Sydney, with its balmy temperature and harbour delights, they jump at the opportunity to stay.

Depleted Melbourne Victory set for shake-up as Kevin Muscat juggles pack

Rising Phoenix: Wellington is hoping to overcome its Melbourne hoodoo.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix has traditionally been Melbourne Victory's whipping boy when it has travelled over the Tasman to the Victorian capital, failing to win an A-League game against the former champions...

Western Sydney Wanderers' Asian Champions League victory is the greatest by an Australian club

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Michael Lynch All hail Tony Popovic and his team from Western Sydney, champions of Asia and now set to rub shoulders with the world's elite teams - including the Cristiano Ronaldo-inspired galacticos of Real...

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Asian Champions League 2014: All hail Tony Popovic's Western Sydney Wanderers

Michael Lynch All hail Tony Popovic and his team from Western Sydney, champions of Asia and now set to rub shoulders with the world's elite teams - including the Cristiano inspired galacticos of Real Madrid - at...

Hopes lifted, and dimmed, by Cup barrier draw

Riichi Kondo displays the barrier of Admire Rakti during the Melbourne Cup barrier draw at Flemington on Saturday.

Chris Roots, Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Same horse, same barrier, same result, Japanese trainer Tomoyuki Umeda declared after favourite Admire Rakti drew barrier eight for Tuesday's Melbourne Cup.

Odds on Signoff shorten after Flemington victory

Joao Moreira returns to scale on Signoff after winning the Lexus Stakes.

Michael Lynch Champion trainer Darrren Weir's English-bred gelding Signoff leapfrogged over several rivals to gain a start in the $6.

Melbourne Cup 2014: Signoff treads successful path to big one

Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Champion trainer Darrren Weir's English bred gelding Signoff leapfrogged over several rivals to gain a start in the $6.