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.

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Melbourne Victory in confident mood for Adelaide United clash

Melbourne Victory head coach, Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat is confident the feel-good mood will carry through to its A-League campaign.

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Melbourne Victory downs Adelaide United in A-League classic

Victory's Scott Galloway is challenged by Sergio Cirio.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory comes out on top over Adelaide United in high-scoring game.

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Melbourne Heart fights back to draw with Adelaide United

David Williams scores.

Michael Lynch Sometimes salvation comes when you least expect it and from the unlikeliest of sources.

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A-League soccer: Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat delights in classic win over Adelaide United despite Tom Rogic injury

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory star midfielder Tom Rogic will miss Wednesday's Asian Champions League match.

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Melbourne Heart to face Adelaide United without Harry Kewell

Harry Kewell.

Michael Lynch Former Socceroo star Harry Kewell will not return to action for Melbourne Heart in its must win clash with Adelaide United on Sunday afternoon.

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Shooting stars so often fizzle out...

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch As young players jockey to stake their claim as late selections for Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad, it must be remembered that a precocious talent does not always translate into a productive,...

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Melbourne Victory defeat is 'gut-wrenching', says Kevin Muscat

Victory coach Kevin Muscat gives instructions to his players.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory might have been running on empty as they tried to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.

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Heart coach John Aloisi calm in face of pressure

Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi at training on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Coach says he has not been given any ultimatums or told his job depends on Sunday's result.

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Heart's pre-season drought continues with loss to Reds

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's four-year run without a pre-season win will stretch to a fifth.

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Italian midfielder Andrea Migliorini wins contract extension at Heart

Andrea Migliorini

Michael Lynch Italian midfielder Andrea Migliorini has been rewarded for his consistency with a contract extension.

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Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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Victory, Wanderers share points

Men in the middle: Victory's Mitch Nichols and Mark Milligan compete with a host of Wanderers.

Michael Lynch Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler gives Melbourne Victory a share of the points.

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Finkler goal earns praise from all quarters

Gui Finkler of the Victory unleashes the free-kick that resulted in an equaliser for his team.

Michael Lynch Rival Victory and Wanderers coaches both laud free-kick that earned equaliser.

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A-League round thirteen preview

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Michael Lynch All the ins and outs with previews for round thirteen of the A-League.

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Rearing cubs a key part in helping Brisbane roar in A-League

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar has the sort of title-winning form that brought it championships in 2011 and 2012.

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Unhappy Western Sydney Wanderers as Melbourne Victory sizzle in the heat

Veteran Archie Thompson makes his presence felt, opening the scoring against the Wanderers in Melbourne on Tuesday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat declared he had complete confidence in the depth of his depleted squad ahead of this game against the high flying Western Sydney Wanderers.

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Tantalising win, but can Heart do it again?

Heart supporters

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be like a London bus?

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Orlando Engelaar to steadily build influence for Heart

Michael Lynch Orlando Engelaar's presence might have been only a cameo on his return to action last weekend.

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Late Adelaide equaliser ensures points shared with Heart

Heart's Harry Kewell celebrates after converting a penalty against Adelaide.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart shows that good news about takeover has had an effect.

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Draw a job saver for Aloisi

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach may have saved his job for a few weeks at least.