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.
Michael Lynch A look at how the A-League derbies compare, through the eyes of some of the men who have experienced all three.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's rookie coach John Aloisi concedes his team received a painful wake-up call at the weekend when it crashed 5-0 at home to Perth Glory.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's coach could be forgiven for feeling some trepidation ahead of Friday night.
Michael Lynch FFA officials are predicting the biggest and best season the A-League has had, and are confident a new attendance milestone can be set in the opening round, which kicks off with the blockbuster...
Michael Lynch Ten man Melbourne Heart could not take their chance to go top of the A-League by defeating a Wellington Phoenix side missing seven first team squad members in a closely contested game in front of...
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart misses chance to go top of the league, failing to beat a Phoenix side missing seven first-team squad members.
Michael Lynch TEN-MAN Melbourne Heart failed to take their chance to go top of the league by defeating a Wellington Phoenix side missing seven first-team players in a tight game in front of almost 11,000 fans at...
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart has frittered away the impetus of its flying start to the season, slumping to a home loss to the Central Coast Mariners yesterday that leaves it floundering at the wrong end of the...
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart reignites its season with a stunning 4-1 triumph over defending champion Brisbane.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart races to two-goal lead inside five minutes, but ends up splitting points.
Michael Lynch Golgol Mehbratu has waited an eternity to score his first A-League goal.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach will stick with Clint Bolton and backs him to bounce back.
Michael Lynch A timely victory lifts Melbourne Heart off the foot of the A-League table.
Michael Lynch MELBOURNE Heart got off to a dream New Year's Day start with Golgol Mebrahtu's sixth-minute strike putting them on the way to a 2-1 triumph over the Newcastle Jets, who had come into this game with...
Michael Lynch Coach John Aloisi demanding his older men stand up and be counted.
Michael Lynch After grand final success, clubs can find it hard to retain players.
Michael Lynch THE conventional wisdom about grand final winners finding it difficult to back up is that once successful, they become the hunted not the hunter.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is anxious to re-sign former Socceroo midfielder Richard Garcia, and if the West Australian needed any persuading about how popular he is with the hierarchy and fans of the...
Michael Lynch There must be something in the water in Bundaberg. The Central Queensland town is world famous for its rum, but it is not doing a bad job in producing high-quality footballers either.
Michael Lynch Goalkeeper thinks winner of tomorrow's derby could take the title as well.