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 stays cool after big win, demands consistency

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have issued a warning to the rest of the competition that they would not surrender their title meekly.

A-League: Melbourne Victory roar back to form, thrash Brisbane Roar

Fahid Ben Khalfallah and Besart Berisha of Melbourne Victory have good reason to celebrate.

Michael Lynch By a quirk of the fixture, Melbourne Victory had somehow avoided playing A-League leaders Brisbane Roar in the previous 14 rounds of the season. 

National Soccer League: If you know your history...

Early years: Mark Viduka in his days with the Melbourne Knights, his best-loved team.

Michael Lynch It is said that those who fail to learn from their history are doomed to repeat the mistakes of the past.

A-League: City revolving door lights up January window as Caceres loan looks set

On the move? Anthony Caceres of the Mariners.

Michael Lynch  The January transfer window does not generate quite the same fevered speculation in Australia that it does in Europe, where every hint of activity is reported breathlessly.

Melbourne Victory up for Brisbane Roar with only 10 match-fit players

Undermanned: Kevin Muscat's Victory side will face league leaders Brisbane on Friday.

Michael Lynch With five players away with the Olyroos, captain Carl Valeri sidelined, defender Nick Ansell not quite ready for a start and full-back Daniel Georgievski suspended, Melbourne Victory coach Kevin...

A-League: Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli the player of the month as goals keep coming

Bruno Fornaroli

Michael Lynch At the rate he is scoring goals its hardly surprising that Melbourne City frontman Bruno Fornaroli should be picking up awards. 

Aaron Hughes confident A-League good enough to prepare him for Euro 2016

Aaron Hughes of Melbourne City and Federico Piovaccari of the Wanderers compete for the ball.

Michael Lynch No player needs much more incentive to finish a season strongly than the sniff of silverware, so the players of Melbourne City have plenty to spur them through the second half of a campaign they...

Withdrawals make Rio qualification a tough task for undermanned Olyroos

Tough job: Olyroos coach Aurelio Vidmar.

Michael Lynch Some national teams are unlucky with injuries and suspensions.

Nick Ansell return to boost Melbourne Victory defence as champions search for stability

Victory defender Nick Ansell.

Michael Lynch Stuttering champions Melbourne Victory are looking to the return of Nick Ansell to shore up a defence which has been uncharacteristically leaky of late.

Archie Thompson can be more than cameo as Melbourne Victory look for inspiration

Ageless Archie: Archie Thompson has battled back from a knee injury and could play a significant role for Melbourne Victory in the second half of the season.

Michael Lynch He is 38 next birthday and has only been back for a couple of weeks, but it is already clear that Melbourne Victory veteran Archie Thompson could play a far more significant role in the champions'...

A-League: Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli best signing: can he break goals record?

Team man: Melbourne City's Bruno Fornaroli is congratulated by Jacob Melling after scoring the second goal during the round 14 A-League match against the Western Sydney Wanderers at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch It's hard to think of a better signing this season than Melbourne City striker Bruno Fornaroli, whose 12th goal of the season on Saturday night played a key role in helping his side to a hard fought...

Wanderers' coach Tony Popovic fuming over disallowed 'goal'

Wanderers' coach ony Popovic ponders what might have been after the game.

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers coach Tony Popovic was bemused and angry at referee Jarred Gillet's decision to disallow Mark Bridge's late "goal" from a free-kick that would have put his side ahead in...

A-League: Harry Novillo's late scorcher seals classic victory for Melbourne City over Western Sydney Wanderers

Harry Novillo of Melbourne City beats the wall with his free-kick to open the scoring for his side.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City gave up a two-goal lead and survived a second-half battering from league pace-setters Western Sydney Wanderers to snare all three points courtesy of a blistering Harry Novillo goal...

Melbourne Victory in the gun as Kevin Muscat looks for answers for title defence

Kevin Muscat is being challenged as a coach in a way he never has been before.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has so far escaped a media savaging of the kind routinely handed out to the giants of other leagues when they fall into a form slump.

Victory coach Kevin Muscat torn between tears and joy after extraordinary night in Geelong

Fabio Ferreira of Central Coast and Dylan Murnane of Melbourne in a midfield duel.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat didn't know whether to laugh or cry when the final whistle blew after his side's amazing fightback against Central Coast Mariners on Friday.

Victory snatch point with dramatic second-half fightback against Mariners

Besart Berisha of Melbourne keeps control of the ball as he is challenged.

Michael Lynch A-League champions Melbourne Victory grabbed a dramatic point in the final seconds of an astonishing game to draw 3-3 with the A-League's bottom club Central Coast Mariners.

A-League: Will Wanderers remarkable turnaround bring first A-League title?

Making a difference: Andreu has played a key role in the Wanderers' turnaround this season.

Michael Lynch This time last year the Western Sydney Wanderers were an A-League basket case.

A-League: Mooy back, Franjic still out as City regroup for championship chase

He's back: Melbourne City star Aaron Mooy.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City will regain star midfielder Aaron Mooy for the visit of his old club, Western Sydney Wanderers, but will still be without Socceroos full-back Ivan Franjic when the two teams meet at...

Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat irked by questions of Roy O'Donovan's ban

NEWCASTLE, AUSTRALIA - JANUARY 03:  Kevin Muscat coach of the Melbourne Victory during the round 13 A-League match between the Newcastle Jets and Melbourne Victory at Hunter Stadium on January 3, 2016 in Newcastle, Australia.  (Photo by Tony Feder/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch The famous Muscat stare was in evidence midway through his pre-match chat with journalists after Victory's training session on Thursday.

Melbourne Victory set to include new boy Jai Ingham, and fit Nick Ansell

Melbourne Victory defender Nick Ansell.

Michael Lynch Jai Ingham did enough in a five-week training stint with Victory late last year to convince Kevin Muscat and his coaching staff that he was worth taking a gamble on.