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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Archie Thompson and Melbourne Victory have been good for each other

Fire power: Victory's Archie Thompson has been the A-League's most consistent striker.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory would like Archie Thompson to finish his time in the game in navy blue.

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Hamstring injury keeps Melbourne Victory striker Archie Thompson on sideline

Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson unable to get through a training session to the coaching staffs satisfaction.

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Archie Thompson hasn't given up on a World Cup berth

Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson is now 35, but he still harbours dreams of going to his second World Cup

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Archie Thompson, Mark Milligan face dilemma over clash

Archie Thompson

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson and Mark Milligan, Melbourne Victory's two key players, are facing the classic club-versus-country dilemma: both want to play for the national team in the friendly against France in...

Pressure cooker Brazil means heat on Selecao as Chile aim to spoil the party

Handling the pressure ... Neymar has scored four times for Brazil at the World Cup.

Michael Lynch In a country of 200 million people,  when every boy grows up wanting to play for the Selecao, there's a special kind of pressure on Brazilian footballers.

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Adrian Leijer and Tom Rogic out for Victory while Mike Mulvey marshalls Brisbane troops

Adrian Leijer lined up at the heart of defence.

Michael Lynch Former skipper Adrian Leijer and Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will be absentees from Sunday's sudden-death A-League semi-final but Kevin Muscat will otherwise have virtually a full-strength...

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...

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Berisha aims at another title - this time in Victory blue

Michael Lynch Roar star turns his attention to the challenge that now awaits as he shifts his base from Queensland to Victoria.

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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.

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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.

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Melbourne Victory downs Adelaide United in A-League classic

Victory's Scott Galloway is challenged by Sergio Cirio.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory comes out on top over Adelaide United in high-scoring game.

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Melbourne Victory downs Adelaide 4-3 thanks to late Kosta Barbarouses goal

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory comes out on top over Adelaide United in high-scoring game.

Heart's Ben Garuccio grabs derby test with both hands

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart youngster Ben Garuccio was not nervous about making his seasonal debut at AAMI Park in a fierce derby against Melbourne Victory last Saturday night.

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Kevin Muscat plugs gaps as Melbourne Victory seeks response to Heart loss

Michael Lynch Every game for Melbourne Victory feels like a cup final at this stage of the campaign.

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Kevin Muscat's relief at flattering Mariners result

Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory give themselves clear breathing space on a congested ladder

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Victory of sorts as Kevin Muscat's men take breather

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat was able to breathe a sigh of relief - as well he might - when his Melbourne Victory side managed to grab the three points from Central Coast Mariners on Friday night, giving themselves...

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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.

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Gui Finkler volleys dramatic winner as Victory seals semi-final berth

Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory keeps its season alive for another week and condemned Sydney to finals defeat.

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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.

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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.