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.

David Villa to play in Melbourne City's Sydney opener as club confirms arrival

Michael Lynch Spanish superstar David Villa will be available for selection for Melbourne City's round one clash with Sydney FC after the club confirmed on Tuesday morning that the World Cup winning striker would...

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Bentleigh Greens' long wait for answer on progression to FFA Cup semi-final

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Michael Lynch National Premier League giant killers Bentleigh Greens will have to wait a month to see if they can make the semi-finals of the FFA Cup after being given a date of October 29 for their quarter-final...

Trainer Darren Weir adds Victorian group one win with Trust In A Gust in watershed year

Damian Lane riding Trust In A Gust and Ben Melham on Dissident fight it out at the finish of the Sir Rupert Clarke Charity Cup at Caulfield on Sunday. Lane's mount prevailed.

Michael Lynch Whatever else he achieves in his training career Darren Weir can look back on 2014 as a watershed, with Trust In A Gust's win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes his latest triumph.

Rich Enuff, Afleet Esprit stamp strong Guineas credentials

Michael Rodd rides Rich Enuff to victory in the Beck Caulfield Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Sunday.

Michael Lynch What you see is what you get – and when you see a lightly raced three-year-old explode away from his rivals to score an easy win in one of the best credentialed Caulfield Guineas trials, then...

The six weeks are upon us when horse racing rules

Michael Lynch With the footy run and won, in Victoria, at least, and the cricket yet to come, now is racing's time in the sun.

Buffering wins the group 1 Moir Stakes

Damian Browne rides Buffering to victory in the group 1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Michael Lynch Queensland champion Buffering has handed Lankan Rupee his second straight defeat at Moonee Valley, beating him in the Group One Moir Stakes.

Almalad gives Gai Waterhouse third straight win in Stutt Stakes

Michael Lynch Gai Waterhouse is in danger of being investigated by the ACCC, such is her recent monopoly of the Group 2 Stutt Stakes at Moonee Valley, one of the key trials for the Caulfield Guineas and the Cox...

Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos look to mark their progress against Belgium

Australia's head coach Ange Postecoglou .

Michael Lynch Hindsight is always 20/20, so the World Cup, in retrospect, now looks like the easy part for Ange Postecoglou as he seeks to rebuild the Australian side and make it a major contender for Asian Cup...

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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.

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Patrick Payne takes Houlahan race and award

Richard Cully riding Fieldmaster.

Michael Lynch Patrick Payne crowned a wonderful jumps racing season by ensuring his victory in the JJ Houlahan award for jumps trainers with the victory of improving hurdler Fieldmaster at Sandown.

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Wells heads off Bashboy's historic steeplechase bid

John Allen riding Wells (right) in the Grand National Steeplechase.

Michael Lynch Sometimes a winner doesn't always pass the post first. 

Brazil post mortems begin in earnest after World Cup thrashing

Devastated: Brazilian fans react on Rio's Copacabana beach.

Michael Lynch The morning after the evening  before and the sun rose in Belo Horizonte. But the city's image will never be the same, forever now inextricably linked with the biggest disaster in Brazilian...

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Ten things to take from the World Cup in Brazil 2014

Michael Lynch in Rio de Janeiro First of all, it is the people and the host community that make the tournament.

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Australia needs to set itself for long haul

Tim Cahill was one of the key players for the Socceroos in Brazil.

Michael Lynch Sitting in the Maracana watching the two best international teams in the world it was impossible not to muse, at least momentarily, on how far Australia still has to go.

World Cup provides place in the spotlight for the right reasons

Hard to get past ... Costa Rica's goalkeeper Keylor Navas celebrates the victory over Italy.

Michael Lynch Who knew that Costa Rica had topped an alternative economics foundation's poll as the happiest place to live in the world twice in the past five years?

End of the beautiful game: why fans have fallen out of love with Brazil

Figure of fun: Brazil striker Fred.

Michael Lynch One of the interesting things about this World Cup is how little love in the there appears to be for Brazil outside their own country.

England boss Roy Hodgson tells young players to move abroad

Roy Hodgson has urged England's young players to move abroad.

Michael Lynch As the inquests over England's dismal World Cup failure gather pace, the team's coach, Roy Hodgson, has backed the idea of some of the country's best young players moving overseas to competitive...

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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.

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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...