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.


The colour of money

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Everything is up for grabs at Melbourne Heart following the club's takeover by Manchester City.


Late Adelaide equaliser ensures points shared with Heart

Heart's Harry Kewell celebrates after converting a penalty against Adelaide.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart shows that good news about takeover has had an effect.


Blue skies ahead for Melbourne Heart in Manchester City-led future

Melbourne heart celebrate.

Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia indicates it would be prepared to discuss rebranding the Heart.


Orlando Engelaar to steadily build influence for Heart

Michael Lynch Orlando Engelaar's presence might have been only a cameo on his return to action last weekend.


A new dawn for Heart

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's players had a definite spring in their step as they strode onto the field for training.


Melbourne Heart awaits the future

John van't Schip

Michael Lynch The world will never be the same for Melbourne Heart's players or coaching staff following Manchester City's takeover of the A-League strugglers, with many of the current squad and some of the staff...

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Manchester City, Melbourne Heart deal a win-win situation for everyone

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 10:  Harry Kewell of the Heart looks on during the round 14 A-League match between Perth Glory and the Melbourne Heart at nib Stadium on January 10, 2014 in Perth, Australia.  (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch Now that Manchester City has led the way, who knows what could possibly follow?

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Manchester City's offer for Melbourne Heart came from out of the blue

Manuel Pellegrini the manager of Manchester City talks to his players during a training session at the Etihad Stadium

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's directors were always open to the idea of selling, but they never imagined it would be investors with the financial clout of Manchester City.


Melbourne Heart sold to consortium that includes Manchester City owners

Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is understood to have completed a sale worth around $11 million with a significant amount of the funding believed to be coming from middle eastern investors who have bankrolled...


Manchester City buy A-League club Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch English Premier League club Manchester City, in partnership with a group of owners of NRL side the Melbourne Storm, have acquired A-League franchise the Melbourne Heart.

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Ex-Victory coach rises from ashes at Phoenix

Michael Lynch At 61, age certainly doesn't appear to be wearying Ernie Merrick.


A-League TV ratings hit for six

The television build-up to an A-League match between Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

Jon Pierik and Michael Lynch Media strategist claims there are ''worrying dynamics'' in recent weeks, with numbers of viewers slipping.


Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Melbourne Victory signing Tom Rogic says he is better than ever

Tom Rogic

Michael Lynch For a man who is expected to reinvigorate Melbourne Victory's depleted midfield and reboot its floundering season Tom Rogic looked remarkably relaxed and self contained as he fronted the media for...


Victory gets Tom Rogic and high hopes for Sunday clash with Sydney

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat's side looks to regroup from its thrashing at the hands of Wellington Phoenix.


Tom Rogic joins Melbourne Victory

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Socceroo midfielder Tom Rogic has clinched a deal to move on loan to Melbourne Victory until the end of May.


Get Tom Rogic, sack Mitch Nichols

Adrian Leijer is yellow-carded.

Michael Lynch Victory was abject in Wellington, but there were some mitigating circumstances.

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Tantalising win, but can Heart do it again?

Heart supporters

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be like a London bus?


Confidence is key to more victories after end of winless run for Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be a rare bright spot in a season of shame, or will it be like a London bus?


Muscat stays tight-lipped over Rogic

Michael Lynch One thing seems likely - Mitch Nichols could well have played his last game in navy blue.