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.

Next six days will define Victory's season, but Muscat can smile now

Michael Lynch Having seen off a gallant, and rather unlucky, Sydney in the elimination final on Friday night there is little time for the Victory squad to rest on its laurels.

Soccer

Socceroos have drawn Spain and other top teams in their World Cup group

See you in June: Ange Postecoglou and Spain's Vincente del Bosque.

Michael Lynch Even without facing Brazil, the challenge has been thrown down to the Socceroos.

Soccer

How the A-League teams are shaping up

A-League.

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.

Soccer

Weekend to savour for Melbourne teams

Melbourne Victory players celebrate with fans

Michael Lynch Strange to think, after Saturday night's barnstorming win over Sydney FC, that Victory was bottom of the league this time last week.

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Kevin Muscat pays tribute to players' self-belief

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Sydney FC counterpart Frank Farina shake hands before the A-League elimination final match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat, Gui Finkler's last minute goal to win their elimination final against Sydney FC was a vindication of his squad's self-belief and commitment, never better...

Soccer

Gui Finkler volleys dramatic winner as Victory seals semi-final berth

Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory keeps its season alive for another week and condemned Sydney to finals defeat.

Soccer

Fixture pile-up is route to the fast lane for Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch There's always two sides to a fixture pile-up.

Soccer

Sky's the limit for new Heart strip

Many Heart supporters want the team to stay in its current red and white striped kit and continue to call itself Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch Manchester United started life off as Newton Heath and played in yellow and green. More Norwich City than one of the game's powerhouses.

Times change, so sky's the limit for planned Heart strip

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Manchester United started life as Newton Heath and played in yellow and green. More Norwich City than one of the game's powerhouses.

Soccer

You can take the boy out of Arsenal ...

Michael Lynch The default image of Patrick Vieira is that of a snarling, combative and physically imposing figure.

Soccer

No big-name influx from City planned as Heart looks to rebuild

What next for Heart? With Harry Kewell’s retirement and doubts over Orlando Engelaar, Heart has room for quality additions.

Michael Lynch, Manchester Melbourne Heart boss John van't Schip and the A-League club's football manager, John Didulica, will be arriving at the City of Manchester Stadium within weeks to run the rule over a host of potential...

Soccer

Can Liverpool handle the pressure to claim its first EPL title?

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Just as punters look for horses who have won over a race's course and distance, and therefore give them an extra tick in their assessment, then football fans take comfort if their team is looking to...

Soccer

Victory and Sydney battle to draw as finals race tightens

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney and Adrian Leijer of the Victory contest the ball during the round 25 match at AAMI Park on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory‘s push for a top-two spot and the double chance is likely to go to the final kick of the A-League season.

Soccer

Coaches see red as Victory-Sydney play out tense draw

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat on the sidelines during Saturday's game against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Sydney FC coach Frank Farina and his Melbourne Victory counterpart Kevin Muscat were fuming with referee Jarred Gillett after calls for penalties were turned down at AAMI Park on Saturday night.

Soccer

Battle for finals spots goes down to the wire

Adelaide United's Michael Marrone beats the Phoenix's Matthew Ridenton to the ball during the crucial A-League clash.

Michael Lynch Runaway leaders Brisbane apart, the FFA is entitled to feel rather pleased with itself at the shakeout in the A-League this season.

Soccer

Doubts creep in over Tom Rogic's commitment to Victory cause

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Will young playmaker Tom Rogic be on the plane when Melbourne Victory players fly to Japan in the early hours of Monday morning?

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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Football

No decision made on tour to Australia: Manchester City

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart and Manchester City, the A-League club’s owners, have hosed down speculation that the Premier League side will tour Australia later this year.

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Troisi must show Socceroo style if World Cup dream to become reality

In control: James Troisi leads the way at training.

Michael Lynch Time is running out for A-League players hoping to impress Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou that they are worth a place in his World Cup squad of 23.

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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.