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.

Racing: Waller - Bowman "bromance" flowers in the spring

Michael Lynch "Bromance" might too strong a word for it given Chris Waller's completely understandable jockey promiscuity. 

PFA chief says game cannot be complacent on eve of new A-League season

Adam Vivian has emphasised the importance of this season.

Michael Lynch The soccer players union, the PFA, is still inching towards a deal with the FFA for a new collective bargaining agreement, but it believes the opening of a new A-League season is the perfect...

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Get your imports right and you're on the way to A-League success

Square, dink, dinks, dinkus, head shot, Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch In a salary capped league with constraints on squad sizes and restrictions in other football related areas its difficult for A-League clubs to get an edge.

Can Preferment defy the odds and do the Derby and Cup double?

Class act: Hugh Bowman returns on Preferment after winning the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Its seemingly an axiom of modern racing life that the Victoria  Derby is a dreadful anachronism, a staying test run far too early in the season for immature three year olds; a race that...

Flemington for now, Sha Tin and Royal Ascot to come for Chautauqua

Dwyane Dunn, riding Chautauqua.

Michael Lynch Good horses find a way to win, whatever the circumstances. And Chautauqua, the Team Hawkes trained sprinter, has already proved he is good horse. Very good.

Soccer royalty Barcelona the big target for next year's ICC tournament

Drawcard: could Luis Suarez and Barcelona be bound for the MCG?

Michael Lynch  Real Madrid pulled a massive crowd of 99,382 to the MCG in July when they thumped Manchester City in the final match of the ICC tournament - more than the 98,633 that packed the venerable arena...

Victory in the driver's seat but Sydney, City, looking to take the wheel

Backing up: Melbourne Victory are well placed to defend their A-League title.

Michael Lynch It feels like the world's longest off-season, but for soccer-starved supporters the A-League finally kicks off next week, with Melbourne Victory the overwhelming favourite to defend its title.

Buffering sees off challenge from youngsters to win third Moir Stakes

Michael Lynch That marvellous old stager Buffering struck another blow for racing's greybeards in a spring being dominated by equine senior citizens when he powered away to win his third Moir Stakes at Moonee...

Steven Lowy pledges to be a consultative FFA chairman

FFA chairman-elect Steven Lowy.

Michael Lynch The FFA chairman-elect Steven Lowy's soccer hero as a child was the brilliant Dutchman Johan Cruyff, one of the game's great individuals.

Is Heidelberg's big crowd a one-off or evidence to support A-League 2?

Heidelberg United fans barrack for their team.

Michael Lynch The FFA is not about to introduce a second division or promotion or relegation to the A-League any time soon.

Soccer: Hume look to cash in on cup run with AAMI switch if numbers add up

Hume's football operations manager says a decision is likely to be made in the next 24 hours.

Michael Lynch Its the biggest game in their history, and Victorian National Premier League club Hume City is aiming to cash in as much as they can by shifting their FFA Cup semi final against Melbourne Victory to...

Job done for Melbourne City, FFA Cup semi final looms, glorious memories for Heidelberg

Three strikes: Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City leaps over Jack Petrie of Heidelberg United during the FFA Cup quarter-final match on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch In the end the FFA Cup quarter final result went according to the script and gave injury ravaged Melbourne City the perfect platform to gain confidence ahead of their A-League season start next...

Melbourne Cup: Red Cadeaux could spend his retirement in Melbourne

Horse racing

Michael Lynch Globetrotting galloper Red Cadeaux is set to contest his fifth Melbourne Cup in five weeks time so the old stayer surely knows every blade of grass at the famous Flemington racetrack.

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip says FFA Cup ideal preparation for A-League

Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip paid tribute to National Premier League club Heidelberg United after his A-League side killed off the part-timers with four second-half goals to ease into the...

Over 11,000 rock Olympic Village as Melbourne City see off spirited Heidelberg

Three strikes: Aaron Mooy of Melbourne City leaps over Jack Petrie of Heidelberg United during the FFA Cup quarter-final on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Heidelberg United fans turned out in force to see former Greek captain Kostas Katsouranis try to inspire them to a giant-killing win in an FFA Cup quarter-final against Melbourne City.

Melbourne 'retirement home' Living Legends offers spot to globetrotter Red Cadeaux

Michael Lynch Globetrotting galloper Red Cadeaux is set to contest his fifth Melbourne Cup in five weeks, so the old stayer surely knows every blade of grass at the famous Flemington racetrack.

Melbourne Victory sign Olyroo Giancarlo Gallifuoco

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have confirmed the capture of former Swansea City defender and Olyroos squad member Giancarlo Gallifuoco on a one-year deal.

FFA Cup 2015: Injury-ravaged Melbourne City cannot take anything for granted against Heidelberg

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City are reeling from a raft of injuries as they heads into their FFA Cup quarter-final with Heidelberg United on Tuesday night, a match that the A-League side is all too aware looms as a...

Speculation mounts on Luke Brattan's future as Melbourne Victory strengthen depth

Michael Lynch A-League clubs will be carefully monitoring the future of Socceroos squad member Luke Brattan if the former Brisbane Roar midfielder does indeed sign for Manchester City as speculation intensifies...

Glen Boss gets the fractions right – and he will never die wondering

Glenn Boss riding Black Tomahawk.

Michael Lynch It's said that all good jockeys have to have a stopwatch in their head so that they can judge pace accurately and give their horses every chance to win a race.