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.

Soccer

Old mentor presents first challenge for Victory's Muscat

Coach Ernie Merrick and captain Kevin Muscat plan tactics before the A-League semi-final against Sydney FC in 2010.

Michael Lynch If Melbourne Victory has one team in the A-League which is its whipping boy, it is Wellington Phoenix.

Demi more

Dear Demi, with Chris Munce aboard, finishes second to Side Glance in race five on Derby Day at Flemington.

Michael Lynch One old-fashioned Cup runner stands out from the crowd, writes Michael Lynch.

Soccer

Owen's new goal is victory with Brown Panther

Michael Owen has a new passion: Brown Panther.

Michael Lynch Former England striker Michael Owen has spent a lifetime in the spotlight.

Soccer

A Vintage triumph

Tasting success: Dermot Weld with 1993 winner Vintage Crop.

Michael Lynch The Irish champion changed the Cup, but he only just made it here.

Laing slays Darley dragon as Polanski pounds to Derby victory

Race 6 Victoria Derby winner Polanski ridden by Hugh Bowman.

Michael Lynch Can it truly be a fairytale story if it barely counts as a surprise?

Horse Racing

Paximadia returns to form to win Carbine Club Stakes

Kerrin McEvoy takes Paximadia to the front.

Michael Lynch Peter Snowden's colt Paximadia is like most adolescents - fundamentally sound and decent - but with a tendency to sulk if they don't get their own way.

Soccer

Master tackles apprentice

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Ernie Merrick's meticulous attention to detail and his prodigious memory was of epic proportions.

Soccer

Heart's poor away record weighing on players: Murdocca

Melbourne Heart defeated.

Michael Lynch As the Heart girds itself for a tough road trip, Murdocca reflected on last weekend's loss.

Horse racing

Simenon is safe in Cup

Simenon

Patrick Bartley, Michael Lynch The owners of Simenon were relieved to hear that their tough stayer had moved up to No.22.

Horse Racing

Don't mess with the Derby

Victoria Derby Day 2012

Michael Lynch Here are some eternal truths about the Melbourne Spring carnival: the weather will be changeable; the Caulfield Cup and the Cox Plate will be labelled "the worst ever"; the Melbourne Cup will be...

Muscat to 'ride beast' at Victory

New Victory coach Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch It's an irony in sport that often the most skilled and attacking players turn out to be the most dour and defensive when they swap playing for the bench and take charge of teams as head coach.

Soccer

A-League round eight preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round eight of the A-League.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat confirmed as Melbourne Victory coach in two-year deal

Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch If it ain't broke, don't fix it and evolution, not revolution, were the concepts Muscat sought to instil.

Soccer

Victory women aim to step up

Stephanie Catley.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's women's team wants to go one better in this season's W-League.

Soccer

New man fills Heart breach left by Kewell

Rob Wielaert: The captain's role sits easy.

Michael Lynch Heart boss John Aloisi turns to experienced Dutch defender Rob Wielaert to lead.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat to coach Melbourne Victory

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will announce Kevin Muscat as its new head coach on Thursday.

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Football

FFA's 'sucker punch' may provoke ugly war

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The FFA certainly won the battle with Melbourne Victory over the hottest property in Australian football, Ange Postecoglou, the new Socceroos coach.

Soccer

Victory fury over way in which coach left

Hot property: Ange Postecoglou leaves the field after his final game with Victory.

Michael Lynch What angers Victory is that it felt any quid pro quo was never on the agenda.

Horse Racing

Grandma won the Cup, now it's my turn

Blackiston

Michael Lynch Nigel Blackiston knows what's needed to prepare a Melbourne Cup winner.

Roar in first loss, but still top of table

Victory fans.

Michael Lynch Mike Mulvey's side has six points, one more than a clutch of clubs.