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.

Football

Football violence a trend not worth following, but active fans give game its edge

Football violence

Michael Lynch On Saturday night, I achieved a personal first, according to my social media friends: I began to trend on Twitter, in both Melbourne and Sydney.

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Football

John van 't Schip ready to take charge of Melbourne Heart again

John Van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart will go back to the future and appoint inaugural coach John van 't Schip as stand-in boss until the end of the season following its sacking of John Aloisi.

Football

John Aloisi has time to learn from his coaching nadir

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch John Aloisi's demise as Melbourne Heart coach was as inevitable as it was painful.

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Soccer

Melbourne Victory incensed by low offer for star midfielder Mitch Nichols

Mitch Nichols.

Michael Lynch J-League side Cerezo Osaka has offered only $200,000 as a transfer fee.

Soccer

John van 't Schip ready to take charge of Melbourne Heart again

John Van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart will go back to the future and appoint inaugural coach as temporary boss.

Soccer

Aloisi's demise at Heart was inevitable and painful

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It's never pleasant to see a hero of any sport struggle and fail in the way that the ex-Socceroo striker did in his first coaching position.

Soccer

Aloisi given the boot as club looks to Van 't Schip

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch John Aloisi has been shown the door by Melbourne Heart after 12 winless games.

Melbourne Victory deny Western Sydney Wanderers with last-gasp free-kick

Guilherme Finkler

Michael Lynch A dramatic, last-gasp leveller from Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler's sumptuous free kick gave Melbourne Victory a share of the points in a pulsating 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers in front...

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Soccer

Victory, Wanderers share points

Men in the middle: Victory's Mitch Nichols and Mark Milligan compete with a host of Wanderers.

Michael Lynch Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler gives Melbourne Victory a share of the points.

Football

John Aloisi sacked as Melbourne Heart manager, Van 't Schip in the frame as new manager

Michael Lynch As Melbourne Heart's season implodes, the club informed coach John Aloisi on Saturday that it would not be requiring his services any more.

Soccer

Give John Aloisi more time at Heart, urges Wellington coach Ernie Merrick

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Heart thought to be considering a short-term return to its inaugural coach.

Soccer

Finkler goal earns praise from all quarters

Gui Finkler of the Victory unleashes the free-kick that resulted in an equaliser for his team.

Michael Lynch Rival Victory and Wanderers coaches both laud free-kick that earned equaliser.

Deal close on Melbourne Heart sale

Michael Lynch The dogs have been barking loudly for months, and it now seems the sale of Melbourne Heart will finally take place.

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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Soccer

Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Kevin Muscat: Starting with a clean slate

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch With his move into management, Kevin Muscat is moving on from his image as a dirty player.

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Horse Racing

Trainer Darren Weir extends his lead in the Melbourne premiership with a winning treble

Rainbow Storm.

Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart's winless streak is testing the patience of fans

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's motto this season is 'Heart believe'. It's a plea that has stretched the patience of supporters almost beyond belief.

Soccer

Heart coach still a believer

Melbourne Heart's Harry Kewell and coach John Aloisi after the teams loss in the Melbourne Derby.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart can't afford a loss to second-last team Wellington Phoenix.

Baby steps needed as league consolidates

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Michael Lynch The final piece of the National Premier League jigsaw has fallen into place, with an agreement patched up this month between the warring factions in the Victorian game.