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

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.

Soccer

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

Soccer

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...

Soccer

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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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...

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

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.

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.

Soccer

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.

Soccer

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.

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.

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Victories few, but Muscat exudes control

Michael Lynch As a player, Kevin Muscat might have been fiery - a byword for toughness.

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Kevin Muscat hopes changes will spark Victory

Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat is optimistic that key striker Archie Thompson will be fit enough to take his place in his team’s attacking line up on Friday

Soccer

A-League round ten preview

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

Football

Sydney FC's Seb Ryall riles rivals with spray at Heart's Harry Kewell

Seb Ryall

Michael Lynch Back in his Melbourne Victory days, Sydney FC's defender Seb Ryall was known for his quiet nature and his silence, earning the dressing room nickname of Humphrey as a tribute to his muteness.

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Mitch Nichols is an unsung hero for Melbourne Victory

Mitch Nichols

Michael Lynch Victory has a host of attacking threats who could make the difference at Saturday's derby.

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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.