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.

FIFA corruption: Will Lowy reputation be dimmed by Australian revelations?

Michael Lynch When FFA chairman Frank Lowy took a tumble from the presentation dais at the A-League Grand Final the 84-year-old billionaire was widely lauded for bouncing back to his feet and getting on with the...

Outsiders dominate in day of Valley upsets

Michael Lynch In the winter months its the chance for apprentices to shine in the metroplitan area. And its also a time for outsiders to earn their keep as the tracks soften.

Emotional Mark Kavanagh gets Queensland Derby fillip as cobalt case drags on

Michael Lynch Flemington trainer Mark Kavanagh is one of the more emotional men in the mounting yard, particularly when he has trained a big race winner.

Racing Victoria Opt for Seven in free to air racing deal

Michael Lynch and Patrick Bartley Racing Victoria is set to clinch a deal for free to air and digital coverage of horse racing with the Seven Network _ as soon as the key race clubs in the state, who have been involved in the...

Socceroo signs A-League deal: Franjic coup for Melbourne City

?Moving ahead: Ivan Franjic is back in Australia.

Michael Lynch It's not often that a current Socceroo in his mid-20s returns to the A-League to sign a long-term deal, but Australian defender Ivan Franjic has become the first in what is expected to be a wave...

Sepp Blatter quits: The sport cannot miss this chance for root and branch reform

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Michael Lynch Immediately Sepp Blatter's return sparked suggestions of a boycott of the next World Cup by the sport's most successful European nations, and pressure was instantly put on sponsors and businesses...

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Melbourne Victory out in the cold? The big shows go on without the champions

Main man: Harry Kane

Michael Lynch Sydney FC is looking forward to facing English Premier League champions Chelsea in front of an 80,000 crowd at Stadium Australia on Tuesday night.

Harry Kane, he scored, and Tottenham Hotspur conquered Sydney FC

In control: Tottenha star Harry Kane taking on Sydney FC at ANZ Stadium.

Michael Lynch He's the man who has taken the Premier League by storm this season, the striker most  of the 70,000 fans who turned up at Stadium Australia on Saturday night were keenest to see when...

Sepp Blatter's win might turn out to be the beginning of the end for him and even FIFA

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Michael Lynch Turkeys rarely vote for Christmas, so it's hardly surprising that Sepp Blatter managed to win the FIFA election on Friday and gain for himself a fifth term as president of the world's biggest sports...

FIFA corruption to prompt blowback from Australia's Asian partners?

Prince Ali bin al-Hussein and UEFA president Michel Platini attend the 65th FIFA Congress in Zurich on Friday.

Michael Lynch  Australia's decision to move against Sepp Blatter will give its enemies in the Asian Football Confederation another reason to try to kick it out.

FIFA arrests: Australia desert Sepp Blatter in favour of challenger Prince Ali

Michael Lynch Football Australia has thrown its weight behind those who want to get rid of FIFA potentate Sepp Blatter and will back his challenger Prince Ali of Jordan in the scheduled Fifa elections due on...

Soccer: Confessions from the heart of a long-standing Spurs fan

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Michael Lynch I can't remember when I began to support Spurs. Properly support them I mean.

FIFA probe: Buck will stop with FFA chairman Frank Lowy

Questions: Football Federation Australia chairman Frank Lowy can expect to be grilled.

Michael Lynch FFA President Frank Lowy is due to fly into the FIFA maelstrom in Switzerland when his plane touches down in Europe on Thursday evening – and Australian sports fans will be keenly waiting to...

FIFA corruption: 2018, 2022 World Cup bids targeted in Swiss probe

FIFA President Sepp Blatter.

Michael Lynch, Nick Miller and agencies FIFA insists the 2018 and 2022 World Cups will still go ahead in Russia and Qatar despite a dramatic early morning swoop by Swiss authorities to arrest several top soccer officials and extradite them...

FIFA corruption arrests: time to scrub away the stench of sleaze

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Michael Lynch Enough is now surely enough. The stench of sleaze and corruption has hung over world soccer's governing body FIFA for so long, the organisation surely cannot continue in its current form.

Frank Lowy legend enhanced – but will succession process cloud it?

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Michael Lynch Frank Lowy only enhanced his legend when he bounced back up with the sprightliness of a man half his age on Sunday after he fell from the presentation dais before presenting Melbourne Victory...

FFA, AFL continue talks to sort out stadium impasse

Fans arrive to attend the A-League grand final.

Michael Lynch Officials from Football Federation Australia met AFL staff on Monday to try to resolve the stadium imbroglio which forced some 20,000 Melbourne Victory supporters to miss Sunday's grand final victory...

Archie Thompson's future hinges on talks – and potential salary cap rule changes

Melbourne Victory's Archie Thompson thanks fans after the club's A-League grand final win.

Michael Lynch Should he stay or should he go? Archie Thompson wants to suit up in Melbourne Victory's navy blue next season, but talks this week and next will go a long way to determining whether he will pull on a...

Victory can better record-breakers Roar, says Kosta Barbarouses, and he should know

Victory's Besart Berisha, Kosta Barbarouses, Kevin Muscat, Leigh Broxham and Carl Valeri celebrate their grand final triumph.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Kiwi winger Kosta Barbarouses was part of the Brisbane Roar team that won that club's first championship and embarked on a record-breaking unbeaten run. 

Melbourne Victory poised to rule A-League roost, but Asia the big challenge

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and captain Mark Milligan with the A-League trophy at Federation Square.

Michael Lynch Winning the premiership is the - relatively - straightforward job. Building on that achievement is a far tougher assignment.