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.

Football

John Aloisi must break the glass and use weapon

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 12:  Harry Kewell of the Heart feels his nose during the round one A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Heart at Etihad Stadium on October 12, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch These days I often imagine that somewhere in a life-size case in a back office at Melbourne Heart's Latrobe University offices stands Harry Kewell, encased behind the protective glass front.

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Soccer

Hapless Heart stands by beleaguered coach as the pressure builds

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Another game, another defeat. Melbourne Heart's season from hell has gone from bad to worse following its 3-1 loss to the Newcastle Jets on the weekend, placing more pressure on second-season coach...

Horse Racing

Damien Oliver pilots The Offer to Ballarat Cup win

Ballarat Cup winner The Offer.

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse and Damian Oliver add another big race triumph to their list.

Soccer

Muscat leaving his mark on Victory

Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat never died wondering as a player, as his fearsome reputation testifies to and the suspensions he regularly incurred show.

Soccer

Frequent tryers

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Michael Lynch Australia goes to the World Cup as the second-lowest ranked country, and the coach has a hectic schedule ahead to bridge the gap.

Soccer

Ready, set, show

Thompson of Victory celebrates

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat's 10-man side manage to ride their luck and snare a 3-0 win over Adelaide United.

Soccer

Victory coach happy with team, not the ref

Kevin Muscat of Victory thanks fans.

Michael Lynch The rookie boss didn't hold back when asked his view of referee Ben Williams control of the game.

Football

Melbourne Victory score unlikely win over Adelaide United

Thompson of Victory celebrates

Michael Lynch A 10-man Melbourne Victory side rode its luck, survived a first-half send-off and an opposition penalty and spent much of this game chasing shadows.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat searches for an assistant coach

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat watches Mark Milligan during training.

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

Sydney trainer Chris Waller's Melbourne challenge

Michael Lynch CHRIS Waller winning the metropolitan Melbourne trainers premiership?

Soccer

Muscat cool on Osiek as assistant

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

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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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Soccer

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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Soccer

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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Soccer

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.

Soccer

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...