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

Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

Michael Lynch A minimum of three wins - and preferably four - from its past five matches is what it will take to give Melbourne Heart much chance of completing its fairytale recovery with a finals berth next month.

Soccer

Williams believes Heart still has momentum

David Williams celebrates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart was the A-League’s form team and on an extraordinary roll that looked as though it could lead the club to an improbable finals berth.

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne Heart despite Orlando Engelaar wonder goal

Heart's Ben Garuccio

Michael Lynch It was always going to be mission impossible for Melbourne Heart to make the play offs after their horror start to the season, and their faint hopes were all but mathematically extinguished following...

Soccer

Melbourne Heart looks to striker Michael Mifsud

Adelaide United goalkeeper Eugene Galekovic blocks an attempt on goal by Michael Mifsud.

Michael Lynch Heart striker Michael Mifsud needs to start hitting the target, writes Michael Lynch.

Football

John Aloisi has time to learn from his coaching nadir

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch John Aloisi's demise as Melbourne Heart coach was as inevitable as it was painful.

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Soccer

Aloisi's demise at Heart was inevitable and painful

Michael Lynch It's never pleasant to see a hero of any sport struggle and fail in the way that the ex-Socceroo striker did in his first coaching position.

Football

Melbourne Heart break A-League drought with win over Newcastle Jets

Massimo Murdocca

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's marketing slogan this season has been 'Heart Believe''.

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Soccer

Tantalising win, but can Heart do it again?

Heart supporters

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be like a London bus?

Football

Confidence is key to more victories after end of winless run for Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be a rare bright spot in a season of shame, or will it be like a London bus?

Soccer

Orlando Engelaar to steadily build influence for Heart

Michael Lynch Orlando Engelaar's presence might have been only a cameo on his return to action last weekend.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart has lots to prove to its new Manchester City owners

Michael Lynch Manchester City's takeover of the league's struggler holds immense promise for the future.

Soccer

Melbourne, Sydney coaches say the referee got it wrong

Heart coach John van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch John van't Schip and Frank Farina agree Orlando Engelaar should not have been sent off.

Soccer

Ten-man Heart stun Sydney FC 2-1

David Williams of the Heart celebrates after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch The revolution may have begun at Melbourne Heart, and establishing the new world order might not take as long as some people thought.

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Soccer

John van't Schip gets Melbourne Heart back on track

All Heart: Jonatan Germano (left) celebrates with Iain Ramsay.

Michael Lynch Heart looms as a banana skin upon which any number of fancied teams might slip up.

Soccer

Van't Schip leads Heart transformation

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch John van't Schip's got priors at this sort of thing, galvanising his Melbourne Heart team to performances few expected.

Soccer

In-form Melbourne Heart faces its big test against Brisbane Roar

Michael Lynch So what's the secret to Melbourne Heart's revival and can it continue when it faces its toughest test?

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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Soccer

Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Soccer

It's Golgol, then goal, goal

Take two: David Williams celebrates his second goal for Heart.

Michael Lynch Heart coach John Aloisi's faith in Golgol Mebrahtu rewarded as 23-year-old excels.

No rivalry with Ange for national job, says Arnold

Marcos Flores

Michael Lynch Potential Socceroos coach Graham Arnold is adamant the contest for the biggest job in the Australian game is not an "Ange versus Arnie battle."

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