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.


Attacking Heart draws first blood

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart makes dream start to A-League season, defeating Melbourne Victory 2-1.


Heart misses chance to top table after draw with Phoenix

Melbourne Heart v Phoenix

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...


Heart fails to take chances

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart misses chance to go top of the league, failing to beat a Phoenix side missing seven first-team squad members.


New faces get time to shine

Dino Djulbic celebrates scoring a goal for Gold Coast in February 2011.

Michael Lynch Necessity is the mother of invention, as Holger Osieck, the Socceroos' coach, is fast discovering.

Osieck offers a glimpse of the future without stars

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Necessity is the mother of invention, as Holger Osieck, the Socceroos coach, is fast discovering.

Aloisi rues more poor concentration

Heart coach John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Two goals in five minutes, six goals in all, a last-gasp penalty and nine yellow cards in a 3-3 draw...

Heart pumped to keep Sydney on losing streak

Golgol Mebrahtu

Michael Lynch Pressure on Heart as it travels north to take on managerless Sydney FC.


Smeltz's goal has always been to score

On target: Shane Smeltz celebrates one of his many goals for Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch Perth Glory's main man is in Melbourne intent on derailing Victory's recent resurgence.


Heart down but still kicking in hard-fought competition

Melbourne Heart's Aziz Behich

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart club officials are adamant any perceptions the club is struggling are wide of the mark.


No 'lagging' for Socceroos

Richard Garcia

Michael Lynch Jet lag? Fatigue? Don't mention it to the Socceroos playing in the A-League.


Aloisi's men set sail after Mariners

Melbourne Heart

Michael Lynch They're the best organised, best structured and, currently, most successful club in the league, so there's no easy time for a team to travel to Gosford to take on the top-of-the-table Central Coast...


Clubs ring the changes as transfer season opens

Michael Marrone

Michael Lynch Frenzy of activity in A-League reminiscent of opening day of Myer or Grace Bros Boxing Day sale.


Heart scrambles home


Michael Lynch In the case of Melbourne Heart, luck comes in either a surfeit - or not at all.


No Heart stopper this time

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - OCTOBER 05:  John Aloisi the coach of the Heart is congratulated by Simon Colosimo after winning the round one A-League match between the Melbourne Victory and the Melbourne Heart at Etihad Stadium on October 5, 2012 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch John Aloisi's side has provided its fans with a roller-coaster ride all season.


Derby heat is on young at Heart ... and Victory

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch There aren't many games that are bigger, tougher or more intense in the A-League.


Heart makes defensive move to sign Coyne

Jamie Coyne.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart has scrambled to resolve its defensive problems by signing A-League veteran Jamie Coyne as cover for the last eight games of the season.


Melbourne Heart looms large as Neill chases first-team football

Lucas Neill

Michael Lynch and Sebastian Hassett Brisbane Roar's Asian Champions League defeat on Wednesday night looks set to tip the balance in Melbourne Heart's direction as the chase to sign Socceroo captain Lucas Neill intensifies.


Squad shows Osieck has locals sussed

Michael Lynch When it comes to watching A-League players, Holger Osieck likes to lurk in the shadows.

Marrone call-up sends message

Michael Marrone

Michael Lynch Australia coach convinced after Heart defender matches up well on Harry Kewell

Late burst seals it for Socceroos

Socceroos celebrate a goal.

Michael Lynch Australia produces remarkable three goals in as many minutes to destroy Saudi Arabia.

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