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 desperate to avoid unwanted record

Michael Lynch Not all records are worth holding, as Melbourne Heart owners, administrators, players and fans will tell you.


Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Sack race safest bet in erratic A-League

Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch The A-League is one of the most highly regulated soccer competitions in the world.


Coaches begin volatile game

John Kosmina

Michael Lynch The salary cap and restrictions on squad sizes and the number of foreign players that can be signed means the A-League is one of the most highly regulated football competitions in the world.


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.


Old mentor presents first challenge for Victory's Muscat

Coach Ernie Merrick and captain Kevin Muscat plan tactics before the A-League semi-final against Sydney FC in 2010.

Michael Lynch If Melbourne Victory has one team in the A-League which is its whipping boy, it is Wellington Phoenix.


Heart out to build on hot start

Winning debut: Heart coach John Aloisi.

Michael Lynch Win in opening derby brings credibility to club that has had its share of doubters.

Victory crunch match

On the rise: Manny Muscat and Tim Brown celebrate a Phoenix win.

Michael Lynch Cup eve encounter with Wellington Phoenix will be crucial test for Ange Postecoglou.


Nix a timely test for Victory

Marco Rojas playing for Phoenix and Victory's Billy Celeski during the Januray 2011 game.

Michael Lynch It doesn't seem to matter how competitive Wellington is, it always seems to struggle against Melbourne Victory.


Victory clicks but coach wants more

Marco Rojas

Michael Lynch For those of a Melbourne Victory persuasion, Monday night's 3-2 defeat of Wellington Phoenix will provide plenty of reasons to believe in a speedy transformation of the club's fortunes - if only the...


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.


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...


Familiar faces in running to lead Phoenix

Ernie Merrick

Michael Lynch A long list of candidates is bidding to replace Ricki Herbert as coach of Wellington Phoenix.


Preview: A-League week 23


Michael Lynch Michael Lynch previews and predicts all of this weekend's A-League action.


Sack the coach, the favoured tactic for losing clubs


Michael Lynch Sacking the coach is a tradition in world soccer, and A-League club owners don't want to let the side down.

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.