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

Asian Champions League will test Victory's depth

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

Soccer

Is the Asian Champions League worth the hassle?

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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.

Football

Tommy Rogic becomes second Australia due to play Champions League this season

Tomas Rogic.

Michael Lynch Socceroo midfielder Tommy Rogic played no part in Celtic's dramatic 3-0 win over Kazakhstani club Shakhter Karagandy overnight, but the lanky Australian will get the chance to see some Champions...

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Champions League downgrade a fair call

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Michael Lynch It's hard not to feel a measure of sympathy for Perth Glory fans and the club's investors.

Soccer

Aussie goalie in Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.

Michael Lynch But will Mitchell Langerak be stuck on the bench?

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.

World Cup goalfest inspires keepers to excel

Michael Lynch in Salvador Quite rightly, the world's strikers have been lauded for what has been a goalfest of a World Cup.

Soccer

Frank Lampard to join David Villa at Melbourne City

Frank Lampard

Michael Lynch Like Spanish star David Villa, England midfielder Frank Lampard will reportedly play for Melbourne City before joining New York City.

Soccer

FIFA must bite the biter back - and hard

Michael Lynch When a dog bites a human he is, if lucky, given a warning and one last chance to prove he can rub along with the rest of society. If he's unlucky, he is put down with little discussion on the matter.

Les Bleus ride their luck as coach aims to make history

Michael Lynch in Belo Horizonte Can Didier Deschamps, the French coach, become only the third man in history to both lift the World Cup as a captain and then coach his country to glory?

Soccer

Kevin Muscat goes ballistic as referee 'bottles it'

Besart Berisha looks to take on the Melbourne Victory defence.

Michael Lynch Angry Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat slammed leading A-League referee Strebre Delovski and accused him of ''bottling'' the biggest call of the season in a home town decision that gave Brisbane...

Soccer

Victory hearts broken by Berisha

Besart Berisha looks to take on the Melbourne Victory defence.

Michael Lynch As might have been expected from a team that was fit and fresh having not played for a fortnight Brisbane began this game at a high tempo, looking to capitalise on any physical advantage they may...

Victory loses but Muscat makes his mark

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Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat could barely contain his emotions in the wake of Melbourne Victory's controversial semi-final defeat against Brisbane Roar on Sunday, and it was hard not to sympathise with the navy...

Soccer

Two decades later, Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey's an overnight success ...

Michael Lynch The bookies have Brisbane Roar as clear favourites to win the A-League championship on Sunday, and that's how it should be.

Football

Broich to conduct Brisbane's final symphony

Michael Lynch His nickname is Mozart, which is highly appropriate given that he is the orchestrator of the Brisbane Roar side that goes into Sunday's grand final against Western Sydney Wanderers as favourite.

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Soccer

City Slickers set to triumph

Michael Lynch In this most topsy-turvy of English Premier League seasons, will there be one last unexpected twist in the tail?

Soccer

Fortune favours the brave ...

Michael Lynch They have been called many things in their nine years in the A-League, including chokers and underachievers in their early seasons when they struggled to make an impression and qualify for the...

Defence of the realm a thorny issue for Australia in countdown to the World Cup

The Socceroos.

Michael Lynch There are few teams that will go into this World Cup with as inexperienced a defence as Australia.

Soccer

Blue Moon over Melbourne as City move ticks boxes

Next season, both the players and supporters of the former Melbourne Heart vwill be sporting different colours.

Michael Lynch There will, doubtless, be some disgruntled Melbourne Heart fans who will still be dismayed that the club has changed its name to Melbourne City and changed its first team strip to predominantly white...