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.

Money worries, mental and physical problems haunt many retired soccer players

Michael Lynch Nearly one in five Australian soccer players surveyed by their union report that their career has had a negative impact on their financial position, while almost 20 per cent admitted they had mental...

Anyone for an A-League championship decider at the Cake Tin in Wellington?

WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND - APRIL 17:  Coach Ernie Merrick (L) of the Phoenix and coach Tony Walmsley of the Mariners chat prior to kick-off during the round 26 A-League match between the Wellington Phoenix and the Central Coast Mariners at Westpac Stadium on April 17, 2015 in Wellington, New Zealand.  (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch The impasse over a potential venue for a Melbourne A-League grand final has been occupying Football Federation Australia, but another tricky situation - the prospect of a championship decider in...

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FFA confident of finals deal, just not this year

FFA CEO David Gallop.

Michael Lynch There might not yet be any agreement over a venue for this year's A-League Grand Final if it is to be staged in Melbourne.

Napthine weighs in as A-League grand final becomes political football

Victory's Mark Milligan breaks away from Dimitri Petratos of the Roar on Friday.

Michael Lynch The A-League grand final venue has become a political football. Literally as well as metaphorically.

City need to bounce back against Adelaide to regain momentum

Melbourne City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi makes a save off an effort by Daniel De Silva of Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch There's nothing like going into a finals series with momentum.

Strugglers battling to get over poor starts

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Michael Lynch When teams get off to a bad start in any season they often find it almost impossible to catch up, and that familiar story is being repeated at local level in the National Premier League Victoria.

Amorino and Archie Alexander – it's a Triple A rating for punters

Right now the pin-up boy for the growing Alexander stable is the former Perth galloper Amorino (left).

Michael Lynch It's said that travel broadens the mind, and there are few trainers in the Australian racing industry who have  travelled as much as young Ballarat based Englishman Archie Alexander.

Sydney swoop to stage Victory grand final

Sydney FC could host the grand final – even if Melbourne Victory earn hosting rights.

Michael Lynch The chances of Melbourne Victory hosting the A-League Grand Final have tightened dramatically with its capture of the premiers' plate set to be confirmed next Sunday, when it hosts Central Coast...

It's all over bar the shouting: Kevin Muscat delivers as Victory seal Premiership Plate

Mark Milligan of the Victory celebrates after scoring from a penalty against Brisbane Roar.

Michael Lynch Only the most neurotic of pedants would now deny that Melbourne Victory has achieved its first goal of the season - winning the Premier's Plate.

Maund faces stewards investigation over suspected raceday treatment

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Michael Lynch Cranbourne trainer Ricky Maund will now be the subject of a stewards investigation after officials ordered the scratching of one of his horses, Uncle Keithy, at Caulfield on Saturday, because of...

Trainer Andrew Murray in tears after first city win with Sunday Escape

Michael Lynch Racecourses can be emotional places and people are often lost for words or found crying in joy.

Fontein Ruby rolls in cash thanks to Robert Smerdon's smarts

Michael Lynch It really does pay to read the small print _ it can win you hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Big decisions for Victory, Thompson

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory and their most celebrated player, Archie Thompson, have some tough talking to do over the next few weeks.

Glory controversy a dark cloud but the way it is dealt with will determine if any light flows

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Michael Lynch It's an ill wind that blows nobody any good. 

City missing key men for inglorious assignment in Perth

Melbourne City coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City will be missing up to five first-choice players when they take on the disgraced Perth Glory in the ultimate meaningless fixture on Sunday night in Western Australia.

Suavito's in the paddock, but Nigel Blackiston fancies more group 1 glory with Manapine

Manapine, Dwayne Dunn in the saddle, wins the Galilee Series Final at Flemington on April 11.

Michael Lynch Just after his progressive young stayer Manapine had scored in the 2500 metre Galilee Series Final at Flemington on Saturday trainer Nigel Blackiston joked that rather than go for either the VRC St...

Player agents call for FFA to toughen salary-cap policing

Phoenix coach Ernie Merrick wants all clubs to be investigated for salary cap compliance over a two- or three-year period.

Michael Lynch Australian soccer's licensed player agents want the FFA to invest more in its compliance unit to ensure further rorting of the A-League salary cap is stamped out.

Melbourne Victory rely on Lawrence Thomas as they look to seal Premiers Plate in Brisbane

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Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat on Tuesday confirmed Melbourne Victory's worst fears, ruling out first-choice goalkeeper Nathan Coe from its two games against Brisbane and conceding that the shot stopper could be out...

Van 't Schip wants fifth-place finish, Merrick doesn't care who or where Phoenix play

From coach to coach: Ernie Merrick of Wellington Phoenix and John van 't Schip of Melbourne City exchange pleasantries before Sunday's game.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van ’t Schip knows his side will make the A-League finals whatever happens now Perth Glory is excluded but he is determined that they will sprint, not limp, into the...

Melbourne City and Wellington Phoenix share spoils in entertaining draw

Harry Novillo of Melbourne City gets away from Manny Muscat of Wellington Phoenix during the A-League match on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix missed a chance to take top spot on the A League ladder when they missed a penalty and were held to a goalless draw by Melbourne City  at AAMI Park on Sunday afernoon.