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.

Socceroos to face South Korea in Asian Cup blockbuster

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...

Soccer

Victory weathers Yokohama storm to post first ACL win

Victory's Kosta Barbarouses (left) celebrates his goal with James Troisi (centre) and Archie Thompson during the match against Yokohama F Marinos on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory scored early through Kosta Barbarouses then weathered a Yokohama storm to hold on to that one goal advantage and snare their first triumph in the Asian Champions League this season.

Soccer

More steak, less sizzle needed from Tom Rogic in A-League at Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It can't be easy being charged with the responsibility of being your nation's saviour, especially when you are not long out of your teens.

GP organisers ''batting away'' on new deal

Michael Lynch Australian Grand Prix chief Ron Walker is optimistic a new deal to continue the event in Melbourne will be struck.

Motor Sport

Daniel Ricciardo upbeat as Red Bull has four days to appeal

Daniel Ricciardo celebrates on the podium before being disqualified from the Australian Grand Prix.

Michael Lynch Race stewards threw Daniel Ricciardo's Red Bull out after it finished second to Nico Rosberg's Mercedes in the Australian Grand Prix.

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Motor Sport

Walker furious at the lack of GP 'screams'

Melbourne Grand Prix

Michael Lynch Noise might annoy, but the lack of noise can annoy a formula one fan a lot more.

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Soccer

Victory confident in must-win clash

Archie Thompson with his son, Axel.

Michael Lynch Both Kevin Muscat, the Melbourne Victory coach, and Yasuhiro Higuchi, the Yokohama F Marinos boss, make no bones about the importance of Tuesday night's ACL clash at AAMI Park.