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.
Michael Lynch The best thing that can be said about the A-League grand final being played at AAMI Park is that the atmosphere will be electric. Beyond that there are no positives.
Michael Lynch There's an old adage in racing which trainers are advised to run their businesses by : keep yourself in the best of company, and your horses in the worst.
Michael Lynch And so yet another A-League finals series follows the formbook almost to the letter.
Michael Lynch Whatever the outcome of Sunday's Grand Final, A-League history will be made.
Michael Lynch It's not quite mission accomplished yet for Melbourne Victory.
Michael Lynch Sunday's A-League grand final is shaping up to be the answer to an unusual trivia question: which was the first grand final in a major Australian football code to be attended by only members of the...
Michael Lynch For most teams, climbing off the canvas and getting to within 90 minutes of an A-League grand final would be considered a wonderful season.
Michael Lynch Whenever a horse gets the staggers in the betting market eyebrows are always raised _ and not just by the stewards.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will stage the A-League Grand Final at AAMI Park next Sunday, and the biggest regret of the team's coach, Kevin Muscat, is that half the fans who thronged into Etihad Stadium to see...
Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip praised the tenacity and commitment of his injury-ravaged side for battling to the end against a superior Melbourne Victory, but paid tribute to the clinical...
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will seek to win their third A-League Championship when they host either Sydney or Adelaide United next Sunday after seeing off the semi-final challenge of cross-city rival...
Michael Lynch The FFA want to change the Australian sporting dream and turn it on its head.
Michael Lynch It's the biggest Melbourne derby of them all - a semi-final showdown - with a grand final berth at stake.
Michael Lynch Players to Watch
Michael Lynch It's doubtful if there is any club in the A-League who make things as difficult for themselves, at least on the pitch, as Melbourne City.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory could not have set this semi final up against local rivals Melbourne City any better.
Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat gives his trademark grin when reminded that his rival coach, John Van't Schip, has wasted no opportunity this week to suggest that the pressure is all on Melbourne Victory.
Michael Lynch It's often said that teams have to lose big matches to learn how to win them in the future.
Harry Novillo hopes to make Melbourne City home whatever happens in Friday semi-final against Victory
Michael Lynch He's not exactly the accidental tourist - after all, he was plucked out of nowhere on the basis of his highlights DVD being better than all other applicants.
Michael Lynch Embarrassment at their previous poor performances was the key to Melbourne City's form turnaround in Wellington at the weekend.