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.

Horse racing

Australian racing could learn from English backwater

Michael Lynch Major racedays aside - and that tends to mean the blockbusters of the Melbourne spring and Sydney autumn carnivals - Australian racecourses seem to have problems in attracting fans to ordinary...

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Times change, so sky's the limit for planned Heart strip

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Manchester United started life as Newton Heath and played in yellow and green. More Norwich City than one of the game's powerhouses.

Soccer

Sky's the limit for new Heart strip

Many Heart supporters want the team to stay in its current red and white striped kit and continue to call itself Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch Manchester United started life off as Newton Heath and played in yellow and green. More Norwich City than one of the game's powerhouses.

Soccer

You can take the boy out of Arsenal ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The default image of Patrick Vieira is that of a snarling, combative and physically imposing figure.

Soccer

Can Liverpool handle the pressure to claim its first EPL title?

Michael Lynch Just as punters look for horses who have won over a race's course and distance, and therefore give them an extra tick in their assessment, then football fans take comfort if their team is looking to...

Soccer

No big-name influx from City planned as Heart looks to rebuild

What next for Heart? With Harry Kewell’s retirement and doubts over Orlando Engelaar, Heart has room for quality additions.

Michael Lynch, Manchester Melbourne Heart boss John van't Schip and the A-League club's football manager, John Didulica, will be arriving at the City of Manchester Stadium within weeks to run the rule over a host of potential...

Soccer

What would have happened with our World Cup bid if we hadn't tried ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The surprise is not that Australia had to find bribes - or development money, for those with rather more delicate tastes - to try to promote its case to host the 2022 World Cup, but that it did so...

Horse Racing

Weir just mad about Harry Coffey

Laughing: Harry Coffey has been riding a steady stream of winners.

Michael Lynch Riding racehorses is hard enough to do when you are fully fit, never mind when you are managing a chronic illness.

Soccer

Battle for finals spots goes down to the wire

Adelaide United's Michael Marrone beats the Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton to the ball during the crucial A-League clash.

Michael Lynch Runaway leaders Brisbane apart, the FFA is entitled to feel rather pleased with itself at the shakeout in the A-League this season.

Soccer

Doubts creep in over Tom Rogic's commitment to Victory cause

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Will young playmaker Tom Rogic be on the plane when Melbourne Victory players fly to Japan in the early hours of Monday morning?

Soccer

Coaches see red as Victory-Sydney play out tense draw

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat on the sidelines during Saturday's game against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Sydney FC coach Frank Farina and his Melbourne Victory counterpart Kevin Muscat were fuming with referee Jarred Gillett after calls for penalties were turned down at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Soccer

Victory and Sydney battle to draw as finals race tightens

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney and Adrian Leijer of the Victory contest the ball during the round 25 match at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory‘s push for a top-two spot and the double chance is likely to go to the final kick of the A-League season.

Horse Racing

Darren Weir gets closer to trainers' title at Moonee Valley

Harry Coffey (right) riding Siwa Lady wins the Health Science Planning Consultants at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Country trainer Darren Weir tightens his grip on the Victorian metropolitan trainers' premiership with a hat-trick at Moonee Valley.

Troisi must show Socceroo style if World Cup dream to become reality

In control: James Troisi leads the way at training.

Michael Lynch Time is running out for A-League players hoping to impress Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou that they are worth a place in his World Cup squad of 23.

Football

No decision made on tour to Australia: Manchester City

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart and Manchester City, the A-League club’s owners, have hosed down speculation that the Premier League side will tour Australia later this year.

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Soccer

Craig Moore to help guide Socceroos at World Cup

Answering the call: Craig Moore.

Michael Lynch So often the most valuable lessons are learnt in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Soccer

Socceroos can dare to dream in Asian Cup

Asian Cup draw

Michael Lynch While the World Cup will, naturally, be top of Ange Postecoglou's agenda for the next three months or so, the Asian Cup will be running quietly as a background theme.

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Socceroos to face South Korea in Asian Cup blockbuster

Heartbreaker: Japan's Tadanari Lee volleys home the winner against Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during extra-time of the 2011 Asian Cup final.

Michael Lynch The Socceroos will kick off their Asian Cup campaign in the opening match next January against Kuwait, but their biggest test in the group phase will come when they take on Asian heavyweights South...

Soccer

Harry Kewell: I want to go out on my terms

Harry Kewell.

Roy Ward and Michael Lynch Just as he played his football, Harry Kewell left the game on a stage of his making on Wednesday and did so with a hint of mischief.

Football

Socceroos handed tough draw in 2015 Asian Cup

AFC General Secretary Dato' Alex Soosay holds up the name Australia during the Asian Football Confederation draw for the 2015 Asian Cup at the Sydney Opera House ground in Sydney, Wednesday, March 26, 2014. Australia hosts the tournament that will be played in Jan. 2015. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)

Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Socceroos coach Ange Postecoglou says Australia must aspire to claim Asian Cup glory in January next year despite being drawn in a challenging group against South Korea, Oman and Kuwait.

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