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.

Government wants Victory and City invited to the next big dance against Euro giants

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.

Real Madrid stars take to AAMI turf

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.

A-League: Melbourne City swoop for Michael Zullo as former Socceroo looks to reboot career

Michael Zullo pictured in early 2014.

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...

Ronaldo's coming to Melbourne, but will this season be his Real swansong?

Christiano Ronaldo

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?

Real Madrid bring star power to Melbourne

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...

Melbourne winter yields spring clues

Leading the way: Craig Williams steers Jessy Belle to victory at Flemington on Saturday.

Michael Lynch For a handful of horses the bleak midwinter is the time when the sun really shines. 

Socceroos: Taggart, Good hope for fresh start in Championship, Premiership

Adam Taggart is fit and training in England.

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...

Soccer superstars set to light up MCG

Michael Lynch Cynics and hard headed football fans might deride competitions such as the International Champions Cup as glorified practice matches.

Tale of two cities for Peter Moody as trainer digests cobalt charge

Michael Lynch and Adam Pengilly It was a tale of two cities for beleaguered trainer Peter Moody on Saturday.

Damien Oliver and Craig Williams dominate as Amovatio takes Winter Final

Michael Lynch Craig Williams notched a hat trick, Damien Oliver a double, while Dwayne Dunn drew a blank. 

Colin Rees strikes blow for battlers as Gauci gets the job done again

Michael Lynch Some trainers with many horses struggle to get a winner at Flemington, such is the competition at Victoria's premier track.

A-League: Everything in the soccer garden is rosy ... or is it?

Melbourne Victory, and coach Kevin Muscat, celebrate winning the A-League championship after their grand final triumph over Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos are reigning Asian champions, having seen off South Korea in that thrilling final in Sydney six months ago.

Victory retain bulk of Championship squad but must find Milligan replacement

Kevin Muscat admires the A-League trophy, something he would surely like to win again next season.

Michael Lynch  Building a squad capable of winning a grand final is difficult enough. But keeping that group together is almost impossible.

Premiership battle heats up on Winter Finals day at Flemington

Title hopes: Dwayne Dunn is one of three jockeys chasing the metropolitan jockeys' premiership title.

Michael Lynch Three weeks ago, Craig Williams was at Royal Ascot trying to snare Group One glory aboard Australian sprinter Brazen Beau.

A-League: Pay row set to simmer as both sides dig in over revenue sharing

Soccer generic.

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...

A-League: Thomas inks new two-year deal with champions

Lawrence Thomas is staying at Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Lawrence Thomas and Jesse Makarounas have extended their stay at A-League champions Melbourne Victory.

Sandwich row: Pakenham in a pickle over Stanaway sandwich, crusty days ahead

A sandwich

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.

Darren Gauci rolls back the years and will not go quietly into the night

Experienced hand: Darren Gauci wins on Lord Durante on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Veteran jockey Darren Gauci is one of the softly spoken, quiet men of the weighing room;

Dunn the beneficiary as jockeys' title race tightens

Minor shock: Dwayne Dunn guides Miss Promiscuity home in the Sir John Monash Stakes.

Michael Lynch The race for the metropolitan jockeys' premiership will provide a compelling narrative in the final few dark weeks of the season.

Carole's Saturday joy at Rich Jack's success as Gauci shows the way

Darren Gauci made every post a winner on Rich Jack in the National Jockeys Trust Final on Saturday.

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.