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 As Phoenix coach, Ernie Merrick faces a fascinating challenge.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory skipper will play in pre-season clash tonight after long break.
Michael Lynch Ange Postecoglou finally has a reason to leave a game in a good mood this season.
Michael Lynch Most teams go into grand finals fresh and rested, primed for the ultimate test.
Michael Lynch Most players receive a low key league debut, but not Heart youngster Craig Goodwin.
Michael Lynch A draw was the result neither team needed, perhaps it was inevitable that's what they got.
Michael Lynch Former coach Ernie Merrick left Melbourne Victory an enduring legacy during his six years in charge.