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.

City heading in right direction, Glory just doing their job, say coaches

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip saw his side's spirited draw with league leaders Perth Glory as a point gained rather than two lost.

City and Glory share the spoils as Mooy and Garcia hit target

Richard Garcia competes with Aaron Mooy. Both players found the net in an exciting draw.

Michael Lynch What a difference a goal makes. This game was a rather stolid affair for 45 minutes with both teams barely fashioning a chance as a kind of post-Christmas inertia descended on AAMI Park.

Asian Cup to prove if Ange Postecoglou has Cummings touch

The Asian Cup will show if Ange Postecoglou has the magic touch.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou is getting used to being shot by both sides.

Melbourne Victory signs Kevin Muscat to new three-year deal

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat will be the boss at Melbourne Victory for at least another three years after the club on Boxing Day announced it had extended his tenure until the end of the 2017/18 season.

Can Melbourne City revival roll on against A-league leaders Perth?

Back in town: John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch So how solid is Melbourne City's recent revival?

'Water Baby' Koren hopes to make even bigger splash on football pitch

Robert Koren makes no secret of how frustrating it has been watching from the sidelines as he battled to regain fitness.

Michael Lynch No one can doubt Robert Koren's talents as a footballer. Anyone who has scored the winning goal for his country in a World Cup finals game, captained it and spent seven years playing in the English...

Postecoglou a man on a mission as he searches for the perfect blend

As Ange Postecoglou has already discovered, there is usually a gap between desire and attainment.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou left no hostages to fortune when he declared his aims for the national team as he unveiled his 23-man squad for the Asian Cup.

Asian Cup 2015: Nathan Burns named in 23-man Socceroos squad

Phoenix striker Nathan Burns has been named in the Socceroos' Asian Cup squad.

Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix striker Nathan Burns' goals glut has seen him grab an 11th hour place in the Australian squad for the Asian Cup.

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James Troisi wants to be the perfect 10 for Asian Cup

James Troisi.

Michael Lynch Mark Bresciano and Tim Cahill have nothing to prove.

City builds platform for season's second-half challenge

Angry men: Patrick Kisnorbo of City and Besart Berisha of Victory exchange words after the game on Saturday night.

Michael Lynch Two clean sheets, six points out of six and the emergence of a handful of promising youngsters as genuine first team choices.

Melbourne City's Jacob Melling may still face ban for elbow to Leigh Broxham's face

Victory's Fahid Ben Khalfallah and City's Jacob Melling tussle for the ball on Saturday night.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City midfielder Jacob Melling might appear to have dodged a bullet when shown only a yellow card after throwing an elbow into the face of Melbourne Victory midfielder Leigh Broxham on...

Kevin Muscat rues referee's errors as Melbourne Victory lose to City in derby controversy

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Michael Lynch When things are not going your way you can't take a trick.

Erik Paartalu wins derby for City with last-minute header

City and Victory players push and shove each other shortly after the interval, following an incident between City's Jacob Melling and Victory's Leigh Broxham.

Michael Lynch Erik Paartalu's dramatic last-minute header gives Melbourne City a 1-0 win over Melbourne Victory.

Asian Cup country profiles: Jordan

Michael Lynch Jordan qualified easily enough – with a game to spare when runners-up to Oman.

Asian Cup country profiles: China

Michael Lynch China qualified by the skin of their teeth on goal difference having finished third in their group headed by Iraq and Saudi Arabia. Only just got there ahead of Lebanon.

In the FFA's hunt for a successor to Frank Lowy, family ties are a bind

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Michael Lynch In an interview with the Australian Financial Review earlier this month Westfield Corporation's co-chief executive ­Steven Lowy suggested he wasn't that interested in taking over as chairman of...

Koren finally set for derby debut as City seek to end Victory streak

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Michael Lynch Melbourne City is finally set to unleash its overseas marquee player Robert Koren on the A-League _ and he could not have chosen a more high profile game than Saturday night's derby against Melbourne...

Move over Mascherano ... Broxy's at the back

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Michael Lynch In the Melbourne Victory dressing room these days Leigh Broxham goes by the nickname of "Mascherano".

Suspension of Mark Milligan to force midfield reshuffle at Victory

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Mr Fixit, Leigh Broxham, could be asked to prove his versatility once again this season by stepping into midfield for the derby clash against Melbourne City to replace suspended...

City v Victory glamour clash in pre-Christmas A-League round

Michael Lynch It has been a pretty miserable season so far for City.