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 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.
Michael Lynch The soccer players' union has upped the ante in the war of words following the expiration of the collective bargaining agreement.
Michael Lynch A League champions Melbourne Victory and their fellow Victorian club Melbourne City will need to consult their satnavs to find the location of their FFA Cup round of 32 opponents, so rarely do...
Michael Lynch Racing industry officials and experts say gender is not a key factor in why what seems a disproportionate number of female jockeys and trackwork riders are suffering fatal injuries.
Michael Lynch The Australian soccer players union, the PFA, says it will take legal advice over its industrial options following the breakdown of talks between it and the game's governing body, the FFA, on a new...
Michael Lynch Swimming administrator Peter Filopoulos has swapped the cleanliness of the pool deck to take on one of soccer's dirty jobs – a cleaning-up role at salary cap-rorting Perth Glory.
Michael Lynch Should the Matildas be getting fatter pay packets for their efforts in reaching the last eight of the women's World Cup?
Michael Lynch Hume City became the fourth National Premier League Victoria side to qualify for the last 32 of the FFA Cup when they saw off NPL 1 side Kingston City 2-0 in a closely contented tie at Broadmeadows...
Michael Lynch Most teams enter a competition hoping to win. But for the 21 non A League clubs who go into the draw for the round of 32 in the FFA Cup next week, the motivations will be decidedly mixed.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory faces an almost impossible task in finding a like for like replacement for its captain and Australian marquee player, Mark Milligan, who is leaving the champions for a big money...
Michael Lynch There are some advantages to having Manchester City as your parent club, but for Melbourne City, playing them at home isn't one of them.