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 Former Socceroo superstar is again an absentee from the Melbourne Heart line-up when it travels to Perth.
Michael Lynch Teams usually get a fillip after sacking a manager and appointing a replacement, but often the effect is short-lived.
Michael Lynch Battle for last two A-League finals berths may go down to last kick of season.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will face Perth Glory in the first of this season's A-League finals.
Michael Lynch Golgol Mehbratu has waited an eternity to score his first A-League goal.
Michael Lynch Vince Grella getting the lie of the land at his new club's training base at La Trobe University.
Michael Lynch, Perth Highest A-League finish and first home final suggest good days ahead for Glory.
Michael Lynch Perth Glory will give Scottish forward Steve McGarry until close to kick-off to prove his fitness.
Michael Lynch Most teams go into grand finals fresh and rested, primed for the ultimate test.
Michael Lynch, Brisbane The beautiful game can often be joyous. But just as often it can be downright ugly.