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.

Nerves just fine for Victory's Carl Valeri

Carl Valeri is desperate to return to the Socceroos' fold.

Michael Lynch Carl Valeri has played in the World Cup and in an Asian Cup final for his country, but still admits to getting nervous before games, let alone milestone matches such as his Melbourne Victory debut on...

David Villa arrives in Australia and could play in Melbourne City's A-League season opener on Saturday

Welcome aboard: John van 't Schip and David Villa.

Michael Lynch David Villa's earlier than expected Australian arrival allowed him to train with his new Melbourne City teammates on Monday morning.

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Chautauqua looks a star in the making after Gilgai romp


Michael Lynch It's not uncommon to see a horse cruise up to its rivals in a maiden or lower class race with its jockey sitting motionless while the remaining riders are rowing as hard as any crew in the head of...

Lucia Valentina firms as Caulfield Cup favourite

Lucia Valentina's price for the Caulfield Cup was cut after the victory.

Michael Lynch Newcastle-trained mare Lucia Valentina showed any injury concerns were wide of the mark when she came fast and late to land the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington to cement her position as...

Lucia Valentina cements Caulfield Cup favouritism with Turnbull Stakes success

Fast finisher: Kerrin McEvoy drives Lucia Valentina (left) to victory in Turnbull Stakes.

Michael Lynch Lucia Valentina has confirmed her Caulfield Cup favouritism after winning the group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington.

Mihalic looks a natural after impressive race day debut


Michael Lynch The bolter from the bush turned out to be the bust from the bush when Horsham-trained Our Red Dog burst like a pricked balloon to finish last in the Greenland Maribyrnong Trial Stakes.

Hard-nosed defender Paddy Kisnorbo to captain star-studded Melbourne City

Paddy Kisnorbo (left) on the run with Melbourne City teammates during a training session.

Michael Lynch Before a ball has been kicked in anger this season, Melbourne City has already been dubbed the entertainers – a team with a highly-credentialed group of attacking players who, says coach John...

A-League fans get set for new season of intrigue and drama

Melbourne Victory’s Kosta Barbarouses (left) and new signing Besart Berisha.

Michael Lynch The world's longest off season is almost at an end. 

Lloyd Williams has spring in his step as carnival arrives

Michael Lynch As any racegoer knows, there are no-sure fire betting systems guaranteed to make money from the punt. 

Lankan Rupee sprints to top of the class

Michael Lynch Black Caviar's successor as the world’s highest-rated sprinter, Lankan Rupee, has upheld the honour of Victorian-trained sprinters in taking the title of 2013-14 Australian Racehorse of the...

Victory valued at $30 million as share sale opens

Score: The Victory shares are now open to expressions of interest and will be until the end of October.

Michael Lynch Either the FFA got things badly wrong with the sale of Western Sydney Wanderers, or Melbourne Victory is over-valued.

Injured Lankan Rupee ruled out Schillaci Stakes

Injured: sprinter Lankan Rupee.

Michael Lynch Injured sprinter Lankan Rupee will go into the Manikato Stakes on Cox Plate eve without another run.

Pressure no problem for Melbourne City coach John Van't Schip and David Villa

John van't Schip

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is under the most intense scrutiny of any A-League club this season given it is now owned by the English Premier League champion Manchester City.

David Villa likely to play in A-League's opening round

David Villa poses during an event to unveil the new logo for Major League Soccer in New York on September 18. Melbourne City says Villa is available for selection for the A-League opener on October 11.

Michael Lynch Spanish superstar David Villa will be available for selection for Melbourne City's round-one clash with Sydney FC.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat makes do as call-ups hit home

On the move: Scott Galloway is one of three Victory players who will take part in the under-19 Asian Cup.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat will have to fill a minimum of three positional holes in the opening rounds of the A-League season as three players will be on international duty.

David Villa to play in Melbourne City's Sydney opener as club confirms arrival

Michael Lynch Spanish superstar David Villa will be available for selection for Melbourne City's round one clash with Sydney FC after the club confirmed on Tuesday morning that the World Cup winning striker would...

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Bentleigh Greens' long wait for answer on progression to FFA Cup semi-final


Michael Lynch National Premier League giant killers Bentleigh Greens will have to wait a month to see if they can make the semi-finals of the FFA Cup after being given a date of October 29 for their quarter-final...

David Villa cutting it fine ahead of Melbourne City A-League debut

Late arrival: David Villa won’t join City until the eve of its opener.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's marquee guest signing David Villa is undoubtedly a world class player - but he's leaving it late if he wants to learn his new team's tactical plans ahead of the season opener on...

Trainer Darren Weir adds Victorian group one win with Trust In A Gust in watershed year

Damian Lane riding Trust In A Gust and Ben Melham on Dissident fight it out at the finish of the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup at Caulfield on Sunday. Lane's mount prevailed.

Michael Lynch Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.

Rich Enuff, Afleet Esprit stamp strong Guineas credentials

Michael Rodd rides Rich Enuff to victory in the Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday.

Michael Lynch What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then...