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.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat 'staggered' by Olyroos delays

Michael Lynch Australia's early exit from the Olympic qualifiers should have been a bonanza for Melbourne Victory as they prepared to face Sydney in the Australia Day "Big Blue".

Racing: Want a bargain and a winner? Head to a Williams dispersal sale...

Michael Lynch It's one of the tried and tested "rules" of Australian racing: if you are after a decent horse that will stay a distance at a reasonable price, head to a Lloyd Williams dispersal sale.

Melbourne City women keep on keeping on as W-League finals test looms

Michael Lynch When you have won the league with several games to spare, notched up a perfect record of 12 wins from 12 matches and generally looked a class above all your rivals then the prospect of a finals...

Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip steadies for tilt at A-League title

Michael Lynch The game of musical chairs, says coach John van 't Schip, has finally stopped at Melbourne City – and the coach now believes he has a squad with sufficient depth and ability to mount a serious...

Holler a contender for the big summer sprints

Michael Lynch The John O'Shea trained Holler put down a marker for himself as a contender for the top autumn sprints with an impressive victory over established stars in the Group 2 Jeep Australia Stakes at Moonee...

Soccer: Melbourne City double header showcases new faces and the perfect team

Michael Lynch Melbourne City fans will get a double dose of their team on Monday when the men's and women's sides line up at AAMI Park for an Australia Day weekend double header.

Soccer: Olyroos shake up after Rio failure as Casserly, Abrams probe performance

Michael Lynch Aurelio Vidmar will head to Sydney for an Olympic football debrief with the FFA's technical chiefs following Australia's failure to qualify for Rio 2016,  but he will do so  as a dead man...

Racing: New trainers' association chief Andrew Nicholl says education key to horse treatments

Michael Lynch Cobalt cases, drug infractions and the subsequent banning of a handful of trainers, pending appeal, have ensured that it has been a nightmare 12 months for the Victorian training fraternity.

Racing: Mourinho team hopes lightning can strike twice in same place

Ageing well: Mourinho is getting better as he gets older.

Michael Lynch These days the Gelagotis brothers from Moe are so often seen in the mounting yard and for group and listed races that it hardly seems appropriate to continue referring to them as the battlers from...

A-League marquee men: The good, the bad and the ugly

Marquee success story: Alessandro Del Piero.

Michael Lynch What should be the purpose of an A-League marquee player?

Soccer: Olyroos failure a time for cool reflection and serious thought

Michael Lynch If we wanted life to be easy we should have stayed in Oceania.

Melbourne Victory captain Carl Valeri still out for indefinite period

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Kosta Barbarouses is optimistic that captain Carl Valeri will make a full recovery from the brain injury that has affected his balance and kept him out of action since...

Australia Day clash with Sydney looms as tough test of Melbourne Victory's form recovery

Michael Lynch Is Victory's form slump officially over? The Australia Day match with should confirm it one way or another.

Rio Olympics 2016: Olyroos miss out on Games after goalless draw with Jordan

Disappointing tournament: Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar.

Michael Lynch The Olyroos have failed to qualify for the Rio Games after drawing 0-0 with Jordan in the Asian Under-23 championships in Qatar.

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Soccer: Ange Postecoglou loves Socceroos spirit as Massimo Luongo, Mat Ryan battle for club places

Michael Lynch Socceroos fans might get worried if established national team players lose their first-team places at their overseas clubs, but Australia coach Ange Postecoglou does not share their concerns.

W-League: Melbourne City women have come too far to fail now, says star midfielder Jess Fishlock

Fishlock wants to add  a second W-League winners medal.

Michael Lynch Its been a record breaking regular season for Melbourne City's womens team:  12 games, 12 wins, 38 goals scored, four conceded.

Michael Zullo fit and focused on playing key role in Melbourne City's title tilt

Michael Zullo is older, wiser and more mature.

Michael Lynch When you haven't played a full 90-minute match for a year and a half as a result of a series of debilitating injuries and your dreams seem to be slipping through your fingers, there are plenty of...

Soccer: Caceres City loan deal done amid transfer concerns from rivals

On the move: Anthony Caceres.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City has completed the loan deal with its parent company, the City Football Group (CFG) , for former Central Coast Mariners midfield Anthony Caceres to join the title chasing A-League...

A-League: City confirm Anthony Caceres loan deal, in line for debut against Wellington Phoenix

On the move: Anthony Caceres.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City FC has completed a loan deal with its parent company, the City Football Group, for former Central Coast Mariners midfield Anthony Caceres to join the A-League side.

Melbourne Victory get their mojo back as fans pay tribute to Darren Frain

Ruthless: Kosta Barbarouses (left) scored a brace.

Michael Lynch It was billed as a test of character, commitment and the club's strength in depth, a strength which – much vaunted at the start of the season – had recently been called into question.