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.
Michael Lynch Victorian sports minister John Eren says he will insist on either Melbourne Victory or Melbourne City being involved in the next high-profile soccer tournament staged in the state.
Michael Lynch It might be the height of summer in Madrid, but for the Galacticos of the world's biggest club Melbourne's midwinter chill, while perhaps unexpected, was something to be shrugged off.
Michael Lynch Former Socceroo Michael Zullo is set to rekindle his career with A-League club Melbourne City and could feature for the Australian side as it takes on its "big brother" Manchester City on the Gold...
Michael Lynch Cristiano Ronaldo will be the headline act when Real Madrid take on AS Roma at the MCG next Saturday - but will this be the superstar's last season in the all-white shirt of the Castilian club?
Michael Lynch In a world of big sporting beasts, they are behemoths, and they will be in Melbourne for the next fortnight building their brand, selling shirts and reinforcing their commercial position as the...
Michael Lynch For a handful of horses the bleak midwinter is the time when the sun really shines.
Michael Lynch The last time Adam Taggart played a game as a member of the first team it was over 12 months ago, in the rarefied atmosphere of a World Cup, when he took the field as Australia's main striker in its...
Michael Lynch Cynics and hard headed football fans might deride competitions such as the International Champions Cup as glorified practice matches.
Michael Lynch and Adam Pengilly It was a tale of two cities for beleaguered trainer Peter Moody on Saturday.
Michael Lynch Craig Williams notched a hat trick, Damien Oliver a double, while Dwayne Dunn drew a blank.
Michael Lynch Some trainers with many horses struggle to get a winner at Flemington, such is the competition at Victoria's premier track.
Michael Lynch The Socceroos are reigning Asian champions, having seen off South Korea in that thrilling final in Sydney six months ago.
Michael Lynch Building a squad capable of winning a grand final is difficult enough. But keeping that group together is almost impossible.
Michael Lynch Three weeks ago, Craig Williams was at Royal Ascot trying to snare Group One glory aboard Australian sprinter Brazen Beau.
Michael Lynch The impasse between the PFA, the Players Union, the FFA and the game's 10 A-League clubs shows little sign of easing after the union confirmed that its CBA claim was for 30 per cent of the "whole of...
Michael Lynch Lawrence Thomas and Jesse Makarounas have extended their stay at A-League champions Melbourne Victory.
Michael Lynch Racing Victoria stewards will probe the now world-famous sandwich spat between Pakenham Racing club chief Michael Hodge and Torquay-based trainer Bryce Stanaway.
Michael Lynch Veteran jockey Darren Gauci is one of the softly spoken, quiet men of the weighing room;
Michael Lynch The race for the metropolitan jockeys' premiership will provide a compelling narrative in the final few dark weeks of the season.
Michael Lynch When a pregnant woman riding a horse gets hit by a car and run over she would have every excuse to say that the racing game is no longer for her.