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

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.

Soccer

City Slickers set to triumph

Michael Lynch

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

Matthew Spiranovic gets his chance to become the main man

Matthew Spiranovic

Michael Lynch, Vitoria, Brazil Its hard to imagine now, given that he has only 17 caps, but Matthew Spiranovic first played for Australia six years ago in a friendly against Ghana in Sydney.

Soccer

John Aloisi sets his heart on learning

Michael Lynch Former Heart coach not surprised club has managed to turn things around under his successor.

Melbourne Victory not for sale to Liverpool

Melbourne Victory v Liverpool FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory boss Anthony Di Pietro is expected to be in Liverpool for the Reds' match against Arsenal on Saturday - but selling the city's best known club to the Merseyside giants is not on the...

Football

Ange Postecoglou has to take chances with youngsters

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea of for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos.

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Soccer

Socceroo youth move by Ange Postecoglou is not just child's play

Mathew Leckie in action.

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea for the Socceroos.

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

Mariners keep on keepin' on

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

Soccer

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

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

Melbourne Heart on an upward curve

John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch It might be a trifle early to say Melbourne Heart has turned the corner in the wake of John Aloisi's sacking, but results for the cellar dweller have certainly been on an upward curve since John van...

Soccer

Socceroos poised to face Ecuador in World Cup hitout

Ecuador's President Rafael Correa (centre) posses with soccer head coach Reinaldo Rueda.

Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou's World Cup preparations are set to step up a gear.

Soccer

The lure of Liverpool

Liverpool fans singing Never Walk Alone.

Michael Lynch The MCG will be packed out for Liverpool practice match. Does this say something about Australian crowds, or the power of the brand?

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Football

Kewell not out of Rio race but Neill at risk

Harry Kewell

Michael Lynch Harry Kewell in the Australia squad for Brazil next year? Don't bet against it.

Soccer

Veterans a dilemma for Osieck

Harry Kewell

Michael Lynch Harry Kewell in the Australian squad for Brazil 2014? Don't bet against it.

Soccer

Socceroos numbers down in EPL

Mark Schwartzer.

Michael Lynch From an Australian perspective, the Premier League kick-off is hardly worth celebrating

Football

Alistair Edwards' sons failed to shine at Perth Glory, so storm was always brewing

Alistair Edwards - Perth Glory

Michael Lynch There’s hardly a father alive who hasn’t wanted the best for his son, who has not done what he could to help him, or swiftly moved to defend him when he is the subject of unwarranted criticism.

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Soccer

Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

Holger Osieck and Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.

Soccer

Mitch Nichols attracts overseas interest

Mitch Nichols

Michael Lynch Victory's Mitch Nichols attracts interest of a leading J-League side, believed to be Cerezo Osaka, who could move for the Queenslander in January.

Soccer

Jets fearing worst as Heskey injured

Victory's Nicholas Ansell colides with Newcastle Jets' Emile Hesky.

Michael Lynch The Newcastle Jets are bracing themselves to start the season without former England striker Emile Heskey after the marquee player was carried off early in the Jets' 1-0 pre-season win over Melbourne...