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.

Soccer

Two decades later, Brisbane Roar coach Mike Mulvey's an overnight success ...

Michael Lynch The bookies have Brisbane Roar as clear favourites to win the A-League championship on Sunday, and that's how it should be.

Soccer

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.

Brisbane Roar too strong for Melbourne Victory

Liam Miller

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar has become a byword in the Australian game for fast, inventive, creative and thoughtful football.

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Brisbane Roar too strong for Melbourne Victory

Thomas Broich

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar has become a byword in the Australian game for fast, inventive, creative and thoughtful football.

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Soccer

A-League favourite Brisbane Roar grabs yet another late victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Roar has class and skill throughout, and also the indomitable spirit of many champion teams.

Soccer

In-form Melbourne Heart faces its big test against Brisbane Roar

Michael Lynch So what's the secret to Melbourne Heart's revival and can it continue when it faces its toughest test?

Soccer

Matt McKay signs with Brisbane Roar

Matt Mckay.

Michael Lynch The wheel has turned full circle for Socceroo utility Matt McKay, who has clinched a deal to return to the A-League club where he made his name.

Postecoglou quits Brisbane Roar

Ange Postecoglou.

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar this afternoon has confirmed that dual championship winning coach Ange Postegoclou has quit the sunshine state to return to his home town where he will take charge of former champions...

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Western Sydney Wanderers defender Matthew Spiranovic battles for A-League fitness

Fitness cloud: Western Sydney's Matthew Spiranovic.

Michael Lynch Western Sydney Wanderers centre back Matthew Spiranovic, a key man for the Socceroos in the World Cup, is battling to be fit for the start of the new A-League season in October.

Pressure cooker Brazil means heat on Selecao as Chile aim to spoil the party

Handling the pressure ... Neymar has scored four times for Brazil at the World Cup.

Michael Lynch In a country of 200 million people,  when every boy grows up wanting to play for the Selecao, there's a special kind of pressure on Brazilian footballers.

Soccer

Williams believes Heart still has momentum

David Williams celebrates after scoring against Wellington Phoenix.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart was the A-League’s form team and on an extraordinary roll that looked as though it could lead the club to an improbable finals berth.

Soccer

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.

Soccer

Craig Moore to help guide Socceroos at World Cup

Answering the call: Craig Moore.

Michael Lynch So often the most valuable lessons are learnt in the most difficult of circumstances.

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Togetherness the key for Melbourne Victory

A hero last week Gui Finkler was monitored as a precaution at training.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's Asian Champions League campaign may have stretched its playing stocks to the limit, but the boost it has given to its young players and to team morale could help propel it over...

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Adrian Leijer and Tom Rogic out for Victory while Mike Mulvey marshalls Brisbane troops

Adrian Leijer lined up at the heart of defence.

Michael Lynch Former skipper Adrian Leijer and Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will be absentees from Sunday's sudden-death A-League semi-final but Kevin Muscat will otherwise have virtually a full-strength...

Soccer

Victory and Roar's big game men set to stand up at crucial time

Gui Finkler after socring against Sydney last week.

Michael Lynch A club's big name players are expected to stand up and really earn their money in the big games.

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Kevin Muscat goes ballistic as referee 'bottles it'

Besart Berisha looks to take on the Melbourne Victory defence.

Michael Lynch Angry Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat slammed leading A-League referee Strebre Delovski and accused him of ''bottling'' the biggest call of the season in a home town decision that gave Brisbane...

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Victory hearts broken by Berisha

Besart Berisha looks to take on the Melbourne Victory defence.

Michael Lynch As might have been expected from a team that was fit and fresh having not played for a fortnight Brisbane began this game at a high tempo, looking to capitalise on any physical advantage they may...

Victory loses but Muscat makes his mark

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat could barely contain his emotions in the wake of Melbourne Victory's controversial semi-final defeat against Brisbane Roar on Sunday, and it was hard not to sympathise with the navy...

Football

Broich to conduct Brisbane's final symphony

Michael Lynch His nickname is Mozart, which is highly appropriate given that he is the orchestrator of the Brisbane Roar side that goes into Sunday's grand final against Western Sydney Wanderers as favourite.

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