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.

Central Coast Mariners beat Melbourne Heart despite Orlando Engelaar wonder goal

Heart's Ben Garuccio

Michael Lynch It was always going to be mission impossible for Melbourne Heart to make the play offs after their horror start to the season, and their faint hopes were all but mathematically extinguished following...

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Sydney FC, Central Coast Mariners and Melbourne Victory in race for Tom Rogic's signature

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Dominic Bossi, Michael Lynch The race for Socceroos star Tom Rogic's signature is becoming a three-way battle between A-League rivals Sydney FC, Melbourne Victory and Central Coast Mariners.

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Central Coast Mariners pay the price of success

Michael Lynch If Victory coach Kevin Muscat yearns for stability, he should have a chat with Phil Moss.

Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos look to mark their progress against Belgium

Australia's head coach Ange Postecoglou .

Michael Lynch Hindsight is always 20/20, so the World Cup, in retrospect, now looks like the easy part for Ange Postecoglou as he seeks to rebuild the Australian side and make it a major contender for Asian Cup...

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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.

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Mariners keep on keepin' on

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Michael Lynch The Central Coast Mariners must surely be the A-League's equivalent of the little engine that could.

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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.

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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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Fortune favours the brave ...

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Michael Lynch They have been called many things in their nine years in the A-League, including chokers and underachievers in their early seasons when they struggled to make an impression and qualify for the...

Alex Wilkinson: The Socceroo who slipped through the net

Michael Lynch Alex Wilkinson could fairly be described as the accidental Socceroo, although some, less kindly, have suggested the closest parallel for the former Central Coast Mariners defender and his rapid rise...

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Socceroos 2013: The power of passion and pride

Holger Osieck and Frank Lowy

Michael Lynch It's been a tumultuous year for the Socceroos and the game. Here's how 2013 unfolded.

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John van 't Schip ready to take charge of Melbourne Heart again

John Van 't Schip.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart will go back to the future and appoint inaugural coach as temporary boss.

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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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A-League: Changing mindset the key for Melbourne Heart coach John Van 't Schip

Melbourne Heart head coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Van 't Schip says he is not planning on a total revolution, but does want to alter mindsets.

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A-League: When transfer deals turn sour

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch There are probably only a handful of players in the A-League, certainly under the age of 30, who would not jump at the chance to move overseas to improve their pay or career prospects.

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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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Tom Rogic won't join Graham Arnold in Japan

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Michael Lynch Socceroos midfielder Tom Rogic will not be linking up with his former Central Coast Mariners boss Graham Arnold in Japan as he tries desperately to get game time to strengthen his World Cup claims.

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Nathan Burns and Newcastle Jets back into the spotlight

Nathan Burns of the Jets scores one of his goals against Melbourne Victory.

Michael Lynch Newcastle Jets find a new route to goal and a way to win against Melbourne Victory.

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Tom Rogic may yield to Asian lure

Michael Lynch The lure of the Asian Champions League is likely to push Rogic into the arms of Victory or the Mariners.

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Victory gets Tom Rogic and high hopes for Sunday clash with Sydney

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat's side looks to regroup from its thrashing at the hands of Wellington Phoenix.