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

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...

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...

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

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.

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

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

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

Kevin Muscat plugs gaps as Melbourne Victory seeks response to Heart loss

Michael Lynch Every game for Melbourne Victory feels like a cup final at this stage of the campaign.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory's Adama Traore in limbo

Melbourne Victory training at Gosch's Paddock , Adama Traore

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory faces an anxious wait to learn if Adama Traore will be fit for Wednesday's Asian Champions League clash.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat's relief at flattering Mariners result

Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory give themselves clear breathing space on a congested ladder

Football

Victory of sorts as Kevin Muscat's men take breather

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat was able to breathe a sigh of relief - as well he might - when his Melbourne Victory side managed to grab the three points from Central Coast Mariners on Friday night, giving themselves...

Soccer

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.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory wary of South Koreans' attack in ACL clash

Melbourne Victory logo

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is wary of the speed with which Jeonbuk Motors will turn defence into attack and the need for his own team to defend from the front when the Australian side meets...

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.