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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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...

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

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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.

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Golgol Mebrahtu to leave Heart and call Wanderers home

Michael Lynch The exodus at Melbourne Heart has yet to start in earnest as new owner Manchester City audits the club's roster.

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A-League: A leg-up from lower level is best way for coaches to reach top

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Michael Lynch There's little in the Australian football world that John Kosmina does not know about.

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Waiting for Glory years

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Michael Lynch Perth Glory is not quite an A-League byword for dysfunctionality.

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Ex-Victory coach rises from ashes at Phoenix

Michael Lynch At 61, age certainly doesn't appear to be wearying Ernie Merrick.

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Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Top talent fuelled by spirit of Bundy

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Michael Lynch There must be something in the water in Bundaberg. The Central Queensland town is world famous for its rum, but it is not doing a bad job in producing high-quality footballers either.

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Citizenship decision looming for Traore

Adama Traore.

Michael Lynch Socceroo boss' prayers for World Cup left back could be answered as soon as next month - courtesy of Australia's Immigration Department.

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Victory, Heart lift pre-season tempo

New Heart: Michael Marrone (left) and Heart recruit Golgol Mebrahtu.

Michael Lynch Victory to play Tasmanian representative side, Heart to host Adelaide United.

Smiles, a goal and he's all Heart

Right, said Fred: Heart captain Fred gets through a crowded Adelaide defence last night.

Michael Lynch Golgol Mebrahtu has made quite an impression in his short time in the A-League.

Gallop will be Lowy's legacy

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Michael Lynch Does Frank Lowy treat Australian soccer as his own personal fiefdom?

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Victory takes shape

Melbourne Victory fine-tune their skills before the start of the season.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory stages the final dress rehearsal before the A-League season kicks off when it entertains Perth Glory in a behind-closed-doors clash at AAMI Park today.

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Victory ready for Heart

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory at full strength for the season opening derby against Melbourne Heart.

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Socceroos call in big guns

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Michael Lynch Holger Osieck mixes it up for Australia's clash with South Korea in a friendly.

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Smeltz's goal has always been to score

On target: Shane Smeltz celebrates one of his many goals for Perth Glory.

Michael Lynch Perth Glory's main man is in Melbourne intent on derailing Victory's recent resurgence.

Golgol goal has Heart pumping

Golgol Mebrahtu of the Heart celebrates his goal.

Michael Lynch Golgol Mehbratu has waited an eternity to score his first A-League goal.

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Heart aiming to use Roar as springboard

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Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart coach John Aloisi talked about the importance of his team winning ugly when it defeated Newcastle Jets 2-1 on New Year's Day.

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Experienced coaches have edge in finals

Alastair Edwards has turned things around at Perth.

Michael Lynch Among A-League finals qualifiers, Victory and Mariners have coaches with more experience.

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Four days in the Victory march

Victory's Archie Thompson and Fabio celebrate a goal against Sydney, one of the rare moments when the team has had something to cheer about this season.

Michael Lynch The next four days will determine Melbourne Victory's season.