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

Is the Asian Champions League worth the hassle?

Michael Lynch All too the Asian Champions League has looked as though it's just too much trouble.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory reaches Asian Champions League group stage

Hero: Leigh Broxham scored the goal that put Melbourne Victory through to the Asian Champions League group stage.

Michael Lynch Victory makes it through to Asian Champions League group stage, but only by the skin of its teeth.

Soccer

Asian Champions League will test Victory's depth

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory must now manage a fixture pile-up of testing proportions.

Soccer

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

Fitness cloud: Western Sydney's Matthew Spiranovic.

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

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.

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.

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

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...

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.

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.

Soccer

Coaches see red as Victory-Sydney play out tense draw

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat on the sidelines during Saturday's game against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Sydney FC coach Frank Farina and his Melbourne Victory counterpart Kevin Muscat were fuming with referee Jarred Gillett after calls for penalties were turned down at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Soccer

Battle for finals spots goes down to the wire

Adelaide United's Michael Marrone beats the Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton to the ball during the crucial A-League clash.

Michael Lynch Runaway leaders Brisbane apart, the FFA is entitled to feel rather pleased with itself at the shakeout in the A-League this season.

Soccer

Doubts creep in over Tom Rogic's commitment to Victory cause

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Will young playmaker Tom Rogic be on the plane when Melbourne Victory players fly to Japan in the early hours of Monday morning?

Soccer

Fixture pile-up is route to the fast lane for Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There's always two sides to a fixture pile-up.

AFL

Kevin Muscat pays tribute to players' self-belief

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Sydney FC counterpart Frank Farina shake hands before the A-League elimination final match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat, Gui Finkler's last minute goal to win their elimination final against Sydney FC was a vindication of his squad's self-belief and commitment, never better...

Soccer

Pablo Contreras likely to miss ACL Korea game

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is likely to rest veteran Chilean defender Pablo Contreras and leave him out of the travelling party that will fly to Seoul on Sunday as his team faces its...

Next six days will define Victory's season, but Muscat can smile now

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Having seen off a gallant, and rather unlucky, Sydney in the elimination final on Friday night there is little time for the Victory squad to rest on its laurels.

Soccer

Fortune proves fickle as Victory's Tom Rogic and James Troisi push for World Cup berths

James Troisi (centre) celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch Two players returned to Australia and signed for Melbourne Victory this season in a bid to boost their World Cup prospects.

Soccer

Togetherness the key for Melbourne Victory

A hero last week Gui Finkler was monitored as a precaution at training.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Asian Champions League campaign may have stretched its playing stocks to the limit, but the boost it has given to its young players and to team morale could help propel it over...

Soccer

Adrian Leijer and Tom Rogic out for Victory while Mike Mulvey marshalls Brisbane troops

Adrian Leijer lined up at the heart of defence.

Michael Lynch Former skipper Adrian Leijer and Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will be absentees from Sunday's sudden-death A-League semi-final but Kevin Muscat will otherwise have virtually a full-strength...