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.

FIFA corruption to prompt blowback from Australia's Asian partners?

Michael Lynch  Australia's decision to move against Sepp Blatter will give its enemies in the Asian Football Confederation another reason to try to kick it out.

FIFA arrests: Australia desert Sepp Blatter in favour of challenger Prince Ali

Michael Lynch Football Australia has thrown its weight behind those who want to get rid of FIFA potentate Sepp Blatter and will back his challenger Prince Ali of Jordan in the scheduled Fifa elections due on...

Soccer: Confessions from the heart of a long-standing Spurs fan

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Michael Lynch I can't remember when I began to support Spurs. Properly support them I mean.

FIFA probe: Buck will stop with FFA chairman Frank Lowy

Questions: Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy can expect to be grilled.

Michael Lynch FFA President Frank Lowy is due to fly into the FIFA maelstrom in Switzerland when his plane touches down in Europe on Thursday evening – and Australian sports fans will be keenly waiting to...

FIFA corruption: 2018, 2022 World Cup bids targeted in Swiss probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch, Nick Miller and agencies FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them...

FIFA corruption arrests: time to scrub away the stench of sleaze

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Michael Lynch Enough is now surely enough. The stench of sleaze and corruption has hung over world soccer's governing body FIFA for so long, the organisation surely cannot continue in its current form.

Frank Lowy legend enhanced – but will succession process cloud it?

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Michael Lynch Frank Lowy only enhanced his legend when he bounced back up with the sprightliness of a man half his age on Sunday after he fell from the presentation dais before presenting Melbourne Victory...

FFA, AFL continue talks to sort out stadium impasse

Fans arrive to attend the A-League grand final.

Michael Lynch Officials from Football Federation Australia met AFL staff on Monday to try to resolve the stadium imbroglio which forced some 20,000 Melbourne Victory supporters to miss Sunday's grand final victory...

Archie Thompson's future hinges on talks – and potential salary cap rule changes

Melbourne Victory's Archie Thompson thanks fans after the club's A-League grand final win.

Michael Lynch Should he stay or should he go? Archie Thompson wants to suit up in Melbourne Victory's navy blue next season, but talks this week and next will go a long way to determining whether he will pull on a...

Victory can better record-breakers Roar, says Kosta Barbarouses, and he should know

Victory's Besart Berisha, Kosta Barbarouses, Kevin Muscat, Leigh Broxham and Carl Valeri celebrate their grand final triumph.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Kiwi winger Kosta Barbarouses was part of the Brisbane Roar team that won that club's first championship and embarked on a record-breaking unbeaten run. 

Melbourne Victory poised to rule A-League roost, but Asia the big challenge

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and captain Mark Milligan with the A-League trophy at Federation Square.

Michael Lynch Winning the premiership is the - relatively - straightforward job. Building on that achievement is a far tougher assignment.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat warns rivals: we can only get better

Victory coach Kevin Muscat speaks to Carl Valeri during the grand final.

Michael Lynch For Kevin Muscat it was the culmination of a 10-month odyssey. 

Victory the champions in grand final romp as Sydney outclassed

Victory players hold the trophy aloft after defeating Sydney FC in the A-League grand final on Sunday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory romped to a comprehensive grand final triumph, claiming their third A-League Championship with a scintillating 3-0 win over a Sydney side that was never in the contest.

The big men step up at the biggest moments, and few come bigger than Besart Berisha

Besart Berisha

Michael Lynch Grand finals turn on moments. That's the conventional wisdom. Either that, or it's an heroic performance by a man of destiny - often an unconsidered, unlikely hero - who turns the course of his...

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Riches come long after the A-League trophy is lifted for grand final winner

Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan and coach Kevin Muscat speak to the media on Saturday.

Michael Lynch There are no immediate riches in store for either Melbourne Victory or Sydney FC should they triumph in Sunday's A-League Grand Final.

Anger over banning of Victory banner at A-League grand final

Melbourne Victory fans.

Michael Lynch A Melbourne Victory active supporter group has been banned from displaying a banner at the A-League Grand Final because the club and the FFA have deemed it unacceptable for public display.

Melbourne-Sydney rivalry reignited by grand final clash: Kevin Muscat

Sydney FC captain Alex Brosque with Melbourne Victory captain Mark Milligan.

Michael Lynch Sydney boss Graham Arnold has been there before, coaching a losing grand final team in agonising circumstances, then winning one with the minimum of fuss.

Melbourne Victory's Gui Finkler ready for grand final

Guilherme Finkler of the Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler has played in plenty of big games during his long and much travelled career, nominating a grand final for his then club, Caixas, against Brazilian...

Kevin Muscat's year of success can be crowned with championship victory

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Michael Lynch It's been an extraordinary season for Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Muscat can equal Postecoglou record with Victory win, if only the record books would show it

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Michael Lynch Its the tenth A-League Grand Final on Sunday, a time for marking milestones and looking back, savouring the highlights of the competition's first decade.