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.


Heart coach still a believer

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart can't afford a loss to second-last team Wellington Phoenix.


Melbourne Heart's winless streak is testing the patience of fans

John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's motto this season is 'Heart believe'. It's a plea that has stretched the patience of supporters almost beyond belief.


How the A-League teams are shaping up


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.


Tantalising season on cards after early whirl

Michael Lynch Two rounds in and only one A-League team, Brisbane Roar, has a 100 per cent record .


Roar the standout after two A-League rounds

Thomas Broich.

Michael Lynch Two rounds in and only one team — Brisbane Roar — has a 100 per cent record. And every club in the 10-team competition has at least one point.


Victory, but close call for Muscat

The Victory's James Troisi makes tracks for goal.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory enjoys a close win over Wellington Phoenix.


A-League round 4 2013: Melbourne Victory edge Wellington Phoenix


Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory enjoys a close win over Wellington Phoenix.


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.


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.

Heart pay for early misses as red card revives Phoenix

Patrick Gerhardt

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...


Police to probe A-League racial abuse

Paul Ifill

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia chiefs are under pressure to crack down on racist fans after Wellington Phoneix star Paul Ifill revealed he had suffered racial abuse from Adelaide supporters in his...

Racism calls for a tough response


Michael Lynch Suspending players and banning fans is the only way to take on soccer's racists.

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Heart turn up heat for derby as Aloisi spots 'spy' at training

David Williams

Michael Lynch ALLEGATIONS of spying on closed training sessions, talk of tackles flying in and the expectation of a physical, high-octane encounter in a fevered atmosphere.


Flores hits right note

Stepping up: Wellington Phoenix's Benjamin Totori leads Melbourne Victory's Marcos Flores in the race for the ball at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory always beats Wellington Phoenix. It did so thrice last season.


A tried and true marksman

Daniel McBreen

Michael Lynch Daniel McBreen has struck the hottest form streak of his life.

Phoenix flies into top form

Michael Lynch When the A-League season got under way few pundits had many positive things to say about Wellington Phoenix.

Heart loses way again, Sydney next obstacle

Harsh words: Heart's Eli Babalj and Ben Sigmund exchange pleasantries.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John van 't Schip says home clash with Sydney FC a ''must-win'' game.

Phoenix thwarts Heart

Leg to leg: Heart's Aziz Behich kicks past Phoenix's Nick Ward.

Michael Lynch A Paul Ifill thunderbolt 10 minutes from time secures Wellington Phoenix a hard-earned point.

Heartbeat at its strongest

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart will be at full strength for what looms as its most significant match.