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.

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

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.

Days of punters' lives to get shorter in Racing Victoria trial

There will be shorter breaks between races in an upcoming Racing Victoria trial.

Michael Lynch Racing Victoria (RV) will trial a condensed racing format across the state over one week in February in a bid to improve the raceday experience for fans and participants.

Besart Berisha believes Victory have turned corner, now to prove it in Geelong

Turned the corner: Besart Berisha believes there are better times ahead for Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch One swallow does not make a summer, but Melbourne Victory players are confident that their overdue win against Newcastle last Sunday, when they snapped a run of five winless games, is a harbinger of...

Melbourne City sign Wanderers goalkeeper Dean Bouzanis as back-up

Dean Bouzanis has joined Melbourne City.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City have traded goalkeepers, signing Dean Bouzanis for outgoing gloveman Tando Velaphi.

A-League lacks cash to combat Big Bash League phenomenon

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch As the Big Bash League sweeps like a torrent across the Australian summer landscape rival sports have tempered valour with discretion, battened down the hatches and opted to ride out the marketing...

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Melbourne Victory snap streak but January looms as crucial month for title defence

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Stodgy, dull and turgid most of it might have been, but it's just possible that Melbourne Victory will look back on their scrappy 1-0 win over the Newcastle Jets and see it as one of the most...

W-League: Melbourne City women stroll to 11th straight victory

Kim Little, of Melbourne City, scored twice in the first half in City's 4-0 win against the Western Sydney Wanderers.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City have already annexed the W League Premiership plate, and their unbeatable women's team on Sunday took a regulation step towards completing a perfect season by seeing off their latest...

A-League: Melbourne City keeper Tando Velaphi turning Japanese if back-up can be signed

Michael Lynch Melbourne City goalkeeper Tando Velaphi is on the verge of a transfer to the J-League - if his club can find a replacement in the next few weeks.

A-League: Melbourne City rocked and almost rolled, but somehow find a way to stay in the hunt

Michael Lynch Injuries and suspensions might be the only way to stop Melbourne City, jokes Sydney coach Graham Arnold. .

Sydney FC coach Graham Arnold makes plea for goal-line referees to improve decision-making

Michael Lynch Sydney FC's outspoken coach Graham Arnold has called for Football Federation Australia to immediately introduce goal-line referees to make sure correct decisions are made in controversial...

City fight back to earn point but Sydney rue numerous missed chances

Bruno Fornaroli of Melbourne City goes to ground as he tries to prevent Sebastian Ryall of Sydney making progress.

Michael Lynch Sometimes football defies logic and flies in the face of reality, leaving fans, players and coaches alike scratching their heads as to how a particular result came about.

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat guarded on January deals

Keeping things hushed: Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat will seek to add to his depleted squad in the January transfer market, but only if he can find the kind of  player who will boost their overall quality.

A-League mid-season review: Victory late stutter should not cloud excellent 2015

Victory's Oliver Bozanic and  Besart Berisha celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory 2015 has been an "annus mirabilis" despite the club's recent stutter. 

Ellerton-Zahra's New Year dream comes true with Flemington four

Durendal wins the Standish Handicap at Flemington on New Year's Day.

Michael Lynch Good double acts always work best when they come as a pair of opposites.. 

David Williams to Adelaide, Osama Malik to Melbourne City as swap talks continue

Osama Malik of Adelaide United.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City is remaining tight lipped, but talks are underway with Adelaide United over a straight swap which would see the Reds centre-back Osama Malik move to Melbourne, with City...

Matildas coach Alen Stajcic would love to see a W-League full of Cities

Melbourne City

Michael Lynch When Melbourne City's players accepted the W-League premiers plate after the 1-0 win over Brisbane Roar earlier this week, there were few teams who have earned the plaudits as much as the women in...

Archie Thompson, Jacob Melling could be in for Victory, City

Set to start: Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson could be set to make his first start of the A-League season this weekend as Kevin Muscat looks to kick start his ailing team for the away trip to Newcastle on Sunday.