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.

Soccer

Victory and Sydney battle to draw as finals race tightens

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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Soccer

Harry Kewell was the face of Australian football

Michael Lynch dinkus

Michael Lynch Heart skipper decides to call it a day after a stunning career mostly played at the highest levels of the game.

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Soccer

Mariners keep on keepin' on

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The Central Coast Mariners must surely be the A-League's equivalent of the little engine that could.

Soccer

Heart plans for future, Mariners plan for finals

Heart's Patrick Kisnorbo is closely tracked by Bernie Ibini-Isei of the Mariners.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John Van't Schip conceded that the Manchester City-driven, petro-dollar-fuelled club rebuild starts now with the finals just a mathematical dream for his team following their...

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne Heart despite Orlando Engelaar wonder goal

Heart's Ben Garuccio

Michael Lynch It was always going to be mission impossible for Melbourne Heart to make the play offs after their horror start to the season, and their faint hopes were all but mathematically extinguished following...

Horse Racing

Fillies thoughts turn to ... black type

Trainer Mick Kent.

Michael Lynch It's autumn, that time of year when the minds of the owners and trainers of good quality fillies and mares turn to thoughts of... black type.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory defeat is 'gut-wrenching', says Kevin Muscat

Victory coach Kevin Muscat gives instructions to his players.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory might have been running on empty as they tried to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

Soccer

Williams believes Heart still has momentum

David Williams celebrates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart was the A-League’s form team and on an extraordinary roll that looked as though it could lead the club to an improbable finals berth.

Horse Racing

Spirit Of Boom wins William Reid Stakes

Michael Lynch Queensland trainer Tony Gollan shook off his group 1 hoodoo in Melbourne in thrilling style at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

A League: David Williams clinches new deal with Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch The A-League's joint leader in the race for the Golden Boot, Melbourne Heart striker David Williams, has clinched a deal to stay with the club for the next two seasons.

Soccer

Battered bodies no excuse says Kevin Muscat as Melbourne Victory set out to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate in A-League

Happy days: Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch They may be running on empty and travelling north with a party of banged-up players nursing injuries and tiredness, but if any club can go to Brisbane Roar with a feeling of confidence surely it is...

Soccer

Muscat dares to dream of ACL progress

Victory coach Kevin Muscat celebrates after the final whistle.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's 1-0 win against a Yokohama F Marinos side that dominated possession but could not find the net provides Kevin Muscat's team with a platform to qualify for the knockout stage of...