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

Victory injuries mount

Marcos Flores.

Michael Lynch Victory is having to do without three of its key players in at the most critical point of the year.

Socceroo Tommy Oar prepares for more hard work in Brazil

Socceroo Tommy Oar

Michael Lynch Winger Tommy Oar is expecting coach Ange Postecoglou's heavy duty training regime to continue when the Australian squad settles into its Brazilian base over the next few days, and that's completely...

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

Melbourne Victory in confident mood for Adelaide United clash

Melbourne Victory head coach, Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat is confident the feel-good mood will carry through to its A-League campaign.

Soccer

The pressure's now on, but Melbourne Heart just might do it

Melbourne Heart Scores

Michael Lynch There have been few more remarkable recoveries than that currently being achieved by Melbourne Heart, either in the A-League or any other competition.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory must bolster its defence

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It's all very well having a potent attack and offering a threat every time you go forward. But its not much use if you leak goals every time the opposition gets into your half.

Soccer

Victory confident in must-win clash

Archie Thompson with his son, Axel.

Michael Lynch Both Kevin Muscat, the Melbourne Victory coach, and Yasuhiro Higuchi, the Yokohama F Marinos boss, make no bones about the importance of Tuesday night's ACL clash at AAMI Park.

Soccer

Harry Kewell: I want to go out on my terms

Harry Kewell.

Roy Ward and Michael Lynch Just as he played his football, Harry Kewell left the game on a stage of his making on Wednesday and did so with a hint of mischief.

Soccer

Harry Kewell was the face of Australian football

Michael Lynch dinkus

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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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

Shooting stars so often fizzle out...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch As young players jockey to stake their claim as late selections for Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad, it must be remembered that a precocious talent does not always translate into a productive,...

Soccer

Fortune proves fickle as Victory's Tom Rogic and James Troisi push for World Cup berths

James Troisi (centre) celebrates a goal.

Michael Lynch Two players returned to Australia and signed for Melbourne Victory this season in a bid to boost their World Cup prospects.

Victory loses but Muscat makes his mark

Michael Lynch

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...

Aloisi adamant Heart 'will keep on improving'

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi is feeling the pain at the moment, but he is certain the results will come.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat faces first real test of credentials

Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Coach's biggest problem is that he hasn't got a player like himself in his squad.

Horse Racing

Jockey John Keating in hospital after race fall

Generuc racing

Michael Lynch Bush jockey airlifted to The Alfred hospital with head injuries after a race fall at Kyneton.

Soccer

Central Coast Mariners pay the price of success

Michael Lynch If Victory coach Kevin Muscat yearns for stability, he should have a chat with Phil Moss.

Soccer

A-League players can take soft options or make hard choices

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Does life in the A-League make it too easy for too many players to accept their lot?

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Soccer

Harry Kewell named for Heart

Harry Kewell

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart skipper Harry Kewell will return to the team's starting line-up - for the first time since the round-one draw with the Melbourne Victory - for Saturday night's pre-Christmas derby.

Soccer

Heart's soccer derby loss to Victory puts greater pressure on John Aloisi

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Heart's board has shown patience with John Aloisi - as it should.