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 Victory under pressure after poor form over Christmas period

Michael Lynch It's not exactly crisis time at Melbourne Victory. But things are not as good as they could be.

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''.

Comments 1

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?

Soccer

Jets fearing worst as Heskey injured

Victory's Nicholas Ansell colides with Newcastle Jets' Emile Hesky.

Michael Lynch The Newcastle Jets are bracing themselves to start the season without former England striker Emile Heskey after the marquee player was carried off early in the Jets' 1-0 pre-season win over Melbourne...

Soccer

How the A-League teams are shaping up

A-League.

Michael Lynch Michael Lynch runs the rule over the clubs in 2013-14 and predicts that Victory coach Ange Postecoglou and his Adelaide counterpart Josep Gombau might be facing off in the finale.

Soccer

Don't cut back imports, say clubs

Alessandro Del Piero's signing has generated buzz for the A-League.

Michael Lynch Two recent superstar signings are a good reason for the FFA to forget any plans it may have for reducing the number of visa players A-League clubs can sign, clubs say.

Soccer

Melbourne derby to light fuse

Soccer

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...

Comments 12

Soccer

This is the A-League's time to shine

Alessandro Del Piero and Emile Heskey

Michael Lynch The fate of the national league has always been seen as firmly linked to the fate of the Socceroos.

Comments 1

Soccer

Heart wary of the danger in depleted Phoenix

Up for the challenge: Heart's Richard Garcia and Aziz Behich in last week's win.

Michael Lynch Wellington gutted by demands of New Zealand and Solomon Islands national teams.

Soccer

Victory ready for a shake-up

Oh yeah: Archie Thompson celebrates after scoring a goal against Iraq.

Michael Lynch Returning trio of internationals may not be the only changes for Victory.

Soccer

Predicting a winner is far from easy

Returning: Jonathan Bru.

Michael Lynch Putting together three or four wins in a row in the A-League is a major achievement.

Soccer

Milicic ready to face old team

Ante Milicic

Michael Lynch Any player or coach wants to win badly when they come up against their old side.

Soccer

Murdocca backs Roar return

Once a Roar recruit: Massimo Murdocca (right) challenges Central Coast's John Hutchinson.

Michael Lynch Only remaining member of original Brisbane team has seen plenty of ups and downs.

Michael Lynch

Can soccer's new TV deal secure the sport's future?

Michael-Lynch-sport-dinks

Michael Lynch What the FFA needs, after a traumatic period of upheaval, is stability and continuity. This TV deal should allow that.

A striking career

Michael Lynch Emile Heskey talks about his time in the English Premier League and the England national team, joining the A-League and why he is not a big cricket fan.

Soccer

Victory's challenge: how to contain Heskey

Emile Heskey.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory welcomes the test it faces, set to pit an inexperienced central defensive pairing against Newcastle's star import Emile Heskey.

Victory in radical reshuffle

Leigh Broxham of Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch It could be one of the most unlikely match-ups in A-League history: pint-sized Leigh Broxham is poised to line up on man mountain Emile Heskey.

Soccer

Fortune favours the brave

Party time: Matthew Foschini and Archie Thompson get around goalscorer Marco Rojas on Friday night. Victory won an entertaining match 3-2 against Newcastle.

Michael Lynch When you have a four-pronged strike force that can threaten like Melbourne Victory, the best form of defence is attack.

Heart keeps its nerve to notch crucial win

Heart celebrates.

Michael Lynch A timely victory lifts Melbourne Heart off the foot of the A-League table.

Michael Lynch

Nurturing home-grown talent key to growth

David Beckham

Michael Lynch It seems the dream of Becks ending his days in Australia have been well and truly dashed.