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

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.

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

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

No big-name influx from City planned as Heart looks to rebuild

What next for Heart? With Harry Kewell’s retirement and doubts over Orlando Engelaar, Heart has room for quality additions.

Michael Lynch, Manchester Melbourne Heart boss John van't Schip and the A-League club's football manager, John Didulica, will be arriving at the City of Manchester Stadium within weeks to run the rule over a host of potential...

Soccer

Can Liverpool handle the pressure to claim its first EPL title?

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Just as punters look for horses who have won over a race's course and distance, and therefore give them an extra tick in their assessment, then football fans take comfort if their team is looking to...

Soccer

You can take the boy out of Arsenal ...

Michael Lynch The default image of Patrick Vieira is that of a snarling, combative and physically imposing figure.

Soccer

Victory and Sydney battle to draw as finals race tightens

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney and Adrian Leijer of the Victory contest the ball during the round 25 match at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory‘s push for a top-two spot and the double chance is likely to go to the final kick of the A-League season.

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

What would have happened with our World Cup bid if we hadn't tried ...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch The surprise is not that Australia had to find bribes - or development money, for those with rather more delicate tastes - to try to promote its case to host the 2022 World Cup, but that it did so...

Football

No decision made on tour to Australia: Manchester City

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart and Manchester City, the A-League club’s owners, have hosed down speculation that the Premier League side will tour Australia later this year.

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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

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.

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...

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.

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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Socceroos to face South Korea in Asian Cup blockbuster

Heartbreaker: Japan's Tadanari Lee volleys home the winner against Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer during extra-time of the 2011 Asian Cup final.

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...