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

Finkler goal earns praise from all quarters

Michael Lynch Rival Victory and Wanderers coaches both laud free-kick that earned equaliser.

Deal close on Melbourne Heart sale

Michael Lynch The dogs have been barking loudly for months, and it now seems the sale of Melbourne Heart will finally take place.

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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Soccer

Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Kevin Muscat: Starting with a clean slate

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch With his move into management, Kevin Muscat is moving on from his image as a dirty player.

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Horse Racing

Trainer Darren Weir extends his lead in the Melbourne premiership with a winning treble

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Michael Lynch Darren Weir consolidated his position at the top of the Melbourne metropolitan trainers' premiership with a Boxing Day treble at Caulfield.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart's winless streak is testing the patience of fans

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's motto this season is 'Heart believe'. It's a plea that has stretched the patience of supporters almost beyond belief.

Soccer

Heart coach still a believer

Melbourne Heart's Harry Kewell and coach John Aloisi after the teams loss in the Melbourne Derby.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart can't afford a loss to second-last team Wellington Phoenix.

Baby steps needed as league consolidates

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Michael Lynch The final piece of the National Premier League jigsaw has fallen into place, with an agreement patched up this month between the warring factions in the Victorian game.

Football

A-League promotion and relegation: few ups, plenty of downs

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The final piece of the National Premier League jigsaw has fallen into place with the agreement patched up this month between the warring factions in the Victorian game.

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Soccer

Mitch Nichols attracts overseas interest

Mitch Nichols

Michael Lynch Victory's Mitch Nichols attracts interest of a leading J-League side, believed to be Cerezo Osaka, who could move for the Queenslander in January.

Melbourne Heart needs surgery but axing John Aloisi is no quick fix

Michael Lynch John Aloisi has been fending off questions about his future for most of the season and they are unlikely to stop now.

Soccer

Heart's soccer derby loss to Victory puts greater pressure on John Aloisi

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Heart's board has shown patience with John Aloisi - as it should.

Soccer

Heart officials in bid to douse club sale rumours

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart officials have plenty on their minds given the team's dreadful start to the season.

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi hits back at Mark Bosnich

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch A defiant John Aloisi on Saturday night declared "I’m no quitter" and insisted he would not bow to media pressure to resign from his job as head coach of struggling Melbourne Heart.

Soccer

Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

Holger Osieck and Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.

Football

Melbourne Victory add to Melbourne Heart's misery

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Just how many black cats has John Aloisi run over?

Soccer

Melbourne Heart's woes continue in big loss against Victory

Cop that: Victory's Mitch Nichols slots one past Andrew Redmayne.

Michael Lynch Under how many ladders has the Melbourne Heart coach walked?

Soccer

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat says game against Melbourne Heart just another match

Melbourne Heart and Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat is unfazed by Heart upping their game for the derby clash.

Soccer

The best of A-League local rivalries

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A look at how the A-League derbies compare, through the eyes of some of the men who have experienced all three.