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.

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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.

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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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.

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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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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.

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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,...

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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...

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.

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Staying strong

Heart players huddle

Michael Lynch Heart may add some muscle for its clash with Wanderers, writes Michael Lynch.

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A-League round thirteen preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round thirteen of the A-League.

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Into the valley of depth for Melbourne Victory's big test

Archie Thompson and Kosta Barbarouses at Victory training.

Michael Lynch It's the depth of the squad, not the strength of a club's first team that determines its performance.

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Unhappy Western Sydney Wanderers as Melbourne Victory sizzle in the heat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat declared he had complete confidence in the depth of his depleted squad ahead of this game against the high flying Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Melbourne Victory put to the sword by rampant Sydney FC

Alessadro Del Piero.

Michael Lynch Abject, clueless, porous at the back and bereft of ideas and quality in midfield and up front, Victory goes down 5-0 to Sydney at Etihad Stadium.

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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.

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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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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.