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

Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic battles for A-League fitness

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers centre back Matthew Spiranovic, a key man for the Socceroos in the World Cup, is battling to be fit for the start of the new A-League season in October.

Soccer

A-League: Changing mindset the key for Melbourne Heart coach John Van 't Schip

Melbourne Heart head coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Van 't Schip says he is not planning on a total revolution, but does want to alter mindsets.

Soccer

A-League round thirteen preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round thirteen of the A-League.

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Rearing cubs a key part in helping Brisbane roar in A-League

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar has the sort of title-winning form that brought it championships in 2011 and 2012.

A-League football: John van't Schip isn't overlooking anyone as he takes stock of Heart

Heart coach John van  t Schip

Michael Lynch After taking the first session in his second coming as coach of Melbourne Heart on Friday, John van't Schip could be seen in earnest discussion with two of the squad's youngest players, Ben Garuccio...

Football

A-League: When transfer deals turn sour

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch There are probably only a handful of players in the A-League, certainly under the age of 30, who would not jump at the chance to move overseas to improve their pay or career prospects.

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Soccer

A-League round fifteen preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round fifteen of the A-League.

Football

Melbourne Heart break A-League drought with win over Newcastle Jets

Massimo Murdocca

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's marketing slogan this season has been 'Heart Believe''.

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Soccer

A-League round nine preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round nine of the A-League.

Soccer

A-League TV ratings hit for six

The television build-up to an A-League match between Brisbane Roar and the Newcastle Jets at Hunter Stadium, Newcastle.

Jon Pierik and Michael Lynch Media strategist claims there are ''worrying dynamics'' in recent weeks, with numbers of viewers slipping.

Football

Manchester City buy A-League club Melbourne Heart

Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch English Premier League club Manchester City, in partnership with a group of owners of NRL side the Melbourne Storm, have acquired A-League franchise the Melbourne Heart.

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Soccer

A-League favourite Brisbane Roar grabs yet another late victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Roar has class and skill throughout, and also the indomitable spirit of many champion teams.

Soccer

A-League players can take soft options or make hard choices

Michael Lynch Does life in the A-League make it too easy for too many players to accept their lot?

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Soccer

A-League second division on the horizon

Mark Rudan

Michael Lynch Winners of state competitions will play off at end of season to determine national champion.

Football

A-League fans have right to protest, but they don't run the clubs

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Just because you pay up doesn't give you the right to behave in a boorish, obnoxious, rude manner.

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A-League club licences extended until 2034

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Michael Lynch Australia's nine A-League franchise holders can plan for the future with certainty.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory downs Adelaide United in A-League classic

Victory's Scott Galloway is challenged by Sergio Cirio.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory comes out on top over Adelaide United in high-scoring game.

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A-League: A leg-up from lower level is best way for coaches to reach top

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Michael Lynch There's little in the Australian football world that John Kosmina does not know about.

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A-League soccer: Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat delights in classic win over Adelaide United despite Tom Rogic injury

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory star midfielder Tom Rogic will miss Wednesday's Asian Champions League match.

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Melbourne Heart's A-League finals bid damaged by loss to Newcastle

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Chasing the leaders is the relatively easy part: getting on terms and then sneaking into a finals berth is the hard bit.