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.


The best of A-League local rivalries

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch A look at how the A-League derbies compare, through the eyes of some of the men who have experienced all three.


From green to Gray

Beating true: Steven Gray is looking forward to making his mark at Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch Irishman Steven Gray is thrilled with his Heart role.


Aloisi not daunted by derby debut


Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's coach could be forgiven for feeling some trepidation ahead of Friday night.


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...


Flying trio to bolster Victory

Archie Thompson.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will send for the cavalry on Friday night against top-of-the-table Adelaide.


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.


Heart's flying start wanes

Heart v Mariners

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart has frittered away the impetus of its flying start to the season, slumping to a home loss to the Central Coast Mariners yesterday that leaves it floundering at the wrong end of the...


Heart beat not in rhythm


Michael Lynch It's two steps forward, one step back for Melbourne Heart at the moment as the club seeks to find consistency.

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.


Victory's self-belief pays off

Victory v Heart

Michael Lynch It was fiery, feisty, a real Christmas cracker of a game offering up many talking points.


Heart facing crisis games

Boost: Heart will be buoyed by the return of defender Simon Colosimo (right).

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is down, but the bottom-of-the-table team is hoping that it is not out.

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.


Heart aiming to use Roar as springboard

Matt Thompson.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi talked about the importance of his team winning ugly when it defeated Newcastle Jets 2-1 on New Year's Day.


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.


Heart's veterans playing for futures

Injured: Adama Traore won't return for up to four weeks.

Michael Lynch Coach John Aloisi demanding his older men stand up and be counted.


Dream of finals all but over for Heart

On the run: Western Sydney and Heart players all have eyes on the ball on Saturday night.

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers within touching distance of an astonishing premiership triumph.


Revolving door a hurdle for title-winning sides in player stakes

Brent Griffiths and Mile Sterjovski of the Mariners during a training session earlier in the week.

Michael Lynch After grand final success, clubs can find it hard to retain players.

Champions' biggest challenge comes after decider

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch THE conventional wisdom about grand final winners finding it difficult to back up is that once successful, they become the hunted not the hunter.