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 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.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City skipper Patrick Kisnorbo put in an enormous shift in Wellington on Sunday.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory, the champions, taking on upstart rivals Melbourne City. For the FFA, it's almost as good as a grand final.
Michael Lynch Josh Kennedy, after a couple of early sighters, was the man who made the crucial difference for Melbourne City in its shock elimination of Wellington Phoenix.
Michael Lynch Melbourne City coach John van 't Schip goes into Friday's blockbuster A-League game with Melbourne Victory knowing that there is a Grand Final berth on the line - and with little expectations on his...
Michael Lynch Melbourne City has set up an A-League semi-final blockbuster with cross city rivals Melbourne Victory after pulling off an upset 2-0 away win in its elimination final in New Zealand on Sunday evening.
Michael Lynch Much of Melbourne Victory's attention in the second half of the season went into re-signing star wide player Fahid Ben Khalfallah, but could Matthieu Delpierre have the biggest impact in the...
Michael Lynch When Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool arrive in Australia during the winter for post-season tours Australian fans will never before have seen such a glittering array of foreign-born...
Michael Lynch The prospect of a Melbourne A-League finals blockbuster came one step closer when Adelaide United ended Brisbane Roar's Championship defence at the first time of asking at the Adelaide...
Michael Lynch Finals football, with its increased pressure and greater intensity, is different.
Michael Lynch Wellington Phoenix at home to Melbourne City in a sudden death knock out final. The team that is struggling to get over the line in front of its own fans, and the team whose recent form on the road...
Michael Lynch Tony Popovic and Kevin Muscat were never the most burnished of Australia's golden generation of footballers.
Michael Lynch Teams winning competitions they haven't qualified for is not entirely unknown in football, and Brisbane Roar are taking advantage of Perth's misfortune with a chance to defend their championship.
Michael Lynch The increased profile of the A-League, the Socceroos success in the Asian Cup and more female players has fuelled record growth in the number of people playing soccer in Victoria.
Michael Lynch Winning a final for any team is motivation enough, but if Melbourne City needed any more encouragement when they take on Wellington Phoenix on Sunday it comes in the shape of a potential blockbuster...