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

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

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.

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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.

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Aussie goalie in Champions League final

Borussia Dortmund's goalkeeper Mitchell Langerak.

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

Football

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

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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...

Premier League players go from zeroes to heroes

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany.

Michael Lynch The English Premier League is set to kick off this weekend and so many of the players scorned for their performances in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are now being lionised and sold to...

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

Frank Lampard to join David Villa at Melbourne City

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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?

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

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.

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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.

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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

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Michael Lynch The Central Coast Mariners must surely be the A-League's equivalent of the little engine that could.

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Harry Kewell was the face of Australian football

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Michael Lynch Heart skipper decides to call it a day after a stunning career mostly played at the highest levels of the game.

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Craig Moore to help guide Socceroos at World Cup

Answering the call: Craig Moore.

Michael Lynch So often the most valuable lessons are learnt in the most difficult of circumstances.

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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.

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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.