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

Muscat cool on Osiek as assistant

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat has confirmed he is looking for a senior assistant coach.

Soccer

Patrick Kisnorbo returns to give Melbourne Heart a boost

Patrick Kisnorbo.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart will rush back Patrick Kisnorbo from injury for its away clash with Newcastle.

Soccer

Lucas Neill is a big boy but did not deserve the boos

Socceroos captain Lucas Neill

Michael Lynch Lucas Neill's brush with the Allianz Stadium boo boys during Tuesday night's 1-0 win over Costa Rica has rather deflected from the overall mood of positivity over Ange Postecoglou's winning debut as...

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Good first win for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos but sterner tests await

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou acknowledges fans at full time.

Michael Lynch Australia's 1-0 win over a second-string Costa Rica will prolong the Socceroos feel-good factor - so necessary after the doom and gloom of the end of the Holger Osieck era - and give new coach Ange...

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A-League coaches go from musical chairs to the sack race, who's next?

In the frame: Graham Arnold and Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch If bookies had been framing a market for punters on the first A-League coaches to part company with their clubs, the rank outsiders would have been Ange Postecoglou and Graham Arnold.

Soccer

Ange Postecoglou pleased with Socceroos' performance against Costa Rica

Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou acknowledges fans at full time.

Michael Lynch As coaching debuts go, it would have been hard for Ange Postecoglou to top his first night on the Australian bench.

Soccer

Positive signs emerge for Socceroos as bold new era begins in earnest

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch A journey of a thousand miles begins with the first step.

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Carlos Hernandez loses weight for World Cup chance

Carlos Hernandez

Michael Lynch Former Victory star knows that he won't get a better chance to make a late World Cup bid.

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Ange Postecoglou to sort out final 23 Socceroos, then go for it

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch As Ange Postecoglou leads the national team on to the Allianz Stadium turf on Tuesday night he will take a moment to reflect on his personal journey in the game and the level he has reached.

Socceroos: Ange Postecoglou will have his moment, and then the real work starts

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch As Ange Postecoglou leads the national team onto the Allianz Stadium turf on Tuesday night, he will take a moment to reflect and ponder the enormity of his personal journey in the game and the level...

Carlos Hernandez trims the fat to push for spot in Costa Rica's World Cup squad

Carlos Hernandez

Michael Lynch Fitter, trimmer, leaner and slimmer than he has ever looked before, former Melbourne Victory star Carlos Hernandez knows that he will never get a better chance to make a late bid for a place in Costa...

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Lucas Neill retains Socceroos captaincy

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Lucas Neill has retained the Australian captaincy, which comes as something of a surprise given his lack of first-team football and advancing years.

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Football

Melbourne Victory feel the squeeze as Western Sydney deprive them of oxygen

Michael Lynch They have been dubbed the A-League's equivalent of a boa constrictor: the team that squeezes the life out of its opposition through hard work, great organisation and the ability to take whatever...

Soccer

Muscat discovers it's tough at the top

Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Two trips to Sydney, two vastly different performances, but the same outcome. Zero points.

Spiranovic earns stripes for Wanderers

Matthew Spiranovic.

Michael Lynch With the national team coach Ange Postecoglou and the entire Socceroo squad sitting in the stands, no player, least of all anyone in the Western Sydney or Melbourne Victory teams, needed much...

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Crunch time for Melbourne Heart soccer boss John Aloisi

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch It's no exaggeration to say that former Socceroos star John Aloisi is battling for his coaching future over the next fortnight.

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Bresciano drama also stings for the Socceroos

Michael Lynch dinkus

Michael Lynch Qatar's status as a big-money, semi-retirement home for superannuated players makes it popular with former top-level players - but chasing the cash in the resource-rich Middle Eastern state can be...

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Wanderers prevail in battle of Rio hopefuls

Melbourne Victory's Arhcie Thompson in action against Western Sydney Wanderers

Michael Lynch Three points are always important, and bragging rights for the two best supported teams in the A-League will always matter.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi faces crunch time to save his job

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi probably has two more matches to pull things out of the fire.

Football

A-League: John Aloisi facing mounting pressure after Melbourne Heart's loss to Sydney FC

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Coach John Aloisi of the Heart  during the round six A-League match between the Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC at AAMI Park on November 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch There was one solitary banner at the northern end of AAMI Park demanding the dismissal of John Aloisi before this game kicked off, although the tightly knit hard core of Melbourne Heart fans in the...