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.

Drama and intrigue aplenty as English Premier League soap opera resumes

Michael Lynch Hope springs eternal in the human breast, and never more so than in the days leading up to the start of a new season - whether that sport is soccer, rugby league or Australian rules.

Racing: Foreign raiders getting in line for Melbourne spring riches

Michael Lynch, Goodwood. With spring around the corner and the higher quality meetings about to get under way with a new season starting, it is tempting to think that the future winners of the big carnival features will be...

Racing: Qatari challenger a possible Cups first for Australian racing

Michael Lynch There have been Irish, French, Japanese and German trained winners of the Melbourne Cup, and both the English and the fabulously wealthy Godolphin operation from Dubai have knocked up trying, without...

Could sponsor pressure for Asian tour push Manchester United towards Australia?

Michael Lynch, London Liverpool pulled 96,000 plus to the MCG when they played Melbourne Victory at the cavernous stadium in 2013.

CBA still stalled but soccer union and FFA set for further talks

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Michael Lynch The players union and soccer's governing body, the FFA, have still to resolve their impasse over the new CBA nearly a month after the previous agreement expired.

Where marquees are concerned, be careful what you wish for...

Stellar: Steven Gerrard commands $6.2 million at LA Galaxy.

Michael Lynch There's nothing like an arresting statistic to grab your attention, so when I was monitoring my social media feed and an article from the Irish Times popped up about salaries in America's major...

Rafa Benitez all smiles as Real Madrid rout Manchester City

Dazzling: Cristiano Ronaldo of Real Madrid.

Michael Lynch Rafa Benitez, the Real Madrid boss, could hardly contain his smiles in a post match analysis of his team's destruction of Manchester City in front of almost 100,000 fans at the MCG.

Real Madrid run riot and humble Manchester City as 99,382 throng into the MCG

Cristiano Ronaldo is congratulated by his Real Madrid team mates after scoring the second goal.

Michael Lynch What a difference six days makes. Last Saturday night Real Madrid were derided for a lack of adventure in a scoreless stalemate against AS Roma in the opening ICC match, a boring encounter which drew...

Manuel Pellegrini wants high tempo show as Manchester City face Real Madrid

Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini.

Michael Lynch The result might not be that important for either club, but Manchester City boss Manuel Pellegrini wants his side to play at a high tempo and with intensity when it takes on Real Madrid in the final...

Sergio Ramos staying at Real Madrid, says Rafa Benitez

Rafa Benitez says Sergio Ramos is staying.

Michael Lynch Spanish superclub Real Madrid might be facing Manchester City at the MCG on Friday night, but much of the media's pre-match focus was on the Reds of Manchester, not the Sky Blues.

Racing: Injury clouds Ryan Moore's chance of repeat Melbourne Cup bid

Jockey Ryan Moore.

Michael Lynch Superstar English jockey Ryan Moore was the star of the Melbourne spring last year, scooping the Cox Plate aboard the Irish trained Adelaide and the Melbourne Cup on the German raider Protectionist.

Pitch Perfect ... If only, but not likely in a Melbourne midwinter

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch I love the MCG. I really do. Especially when footy or a big cricket match is being staged there.

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MCG surface under fire again as Manchester City and Roma put on a four goal show

Debut: Raheem Sterling made his first appearance in Manchester City following his transfer from Liverpool.

Michael Lynch The MCG may be regarded as one of the great cathedrals of world sport, but certainly the coaches of some of Europe's biggest clubs don't rate it as a place to play soccer.

Raheem Sterling's dream debut as Manchester City see off Roma in shoot out

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JULY 21:  Alessandro Florenzi of AS Roma and Manu Garcia of Manchester City compete for the ball during the International Champions Cup friendly match between Manchester City and AS Roma at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on July 21, 2015 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Manchester City edged AS Roma on penalties at the MCG, with their new $103m signing Raheem Sterling making a dream debut.

Socceroo keeper Maty Ryan's Liga move

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Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Socceroo goalkeeper Maty Ryan is poised to become one of the few Australians to play in Spain's La Liga after agreeing a deal to move to one of the country's most successful clubs, Valencia.

Roma happy with winning feeling

Roma veteran Daniele De Rossi has never been to Australia before, but is surprised by the interest in the competition.

Michael Lynch Roma coach Rudi Garcia was delighted that his side showed a "winning mentality" by defeating Real Madrid in a shoot-out in the opening ICC match on Saturday night.

Soccer: We may be owned by City but we are not a mini Manchester, Melbourne boss declares

Melbourne City captain Patrick Kisnorbo

Michael Lynch Manchester City has yet to supply its Melbourne affiliate with a big name player, while, perhaps not so surprisingly, no-one has made the journey in the other direction, from Latrobe University to...

International club friendly matches come with a buyer beware warning

The matches give fans a chance to see the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo in action.

Michael Lynch People who pay big money to see some of the biggest stars in the world game in action have every right to express their opinion, but matches like these always come with the label buyer beware.

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Real Madrid ask Manchester City to move training from MCG to save surface

Real Madrid coach Rafael Benitez.

Michael Lynch The MCG's surface continues to be a major issue for the star European clubs who have arrived in Melbourne for the ICC tournament.

Raheem Sterling set to make Manchester City debut in Melbourne

Set for debut: Raheem Sterling.

Michael Lynch The most expensive English footballer in history, Manchester City's 49 million pound England international Raheem Sterling, is set to make his Sky Blue debut in Melbourne this week.