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.

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.

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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.

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You can take the boy out of Arsenal ...

Michael Lynch

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

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

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...

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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Harry Kewell was the face of Australian football

Michael Lynch dinkus

Michael Lynch Heart skipper decides to call it a day after a stunning career mostly played at the highest levels of the game.

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More steak, less sizzle needed from Tom Rogic in A-League at Melbourne Victory

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It can't be easy being charged with the responsibility of being your nation's saviour, especially when you are not long out of your teens.

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Ange Postecoglou has to take chances with youngsters

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea of for Ange Postecoglou's Socceroos.

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Socceroo youth move by Ange Postecoglou is not just child's play

Mathew Leckie in action.

Michael Lynch Taking a punt with kids is not such a radical idea for the Socceroos.

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Red, white and blue?

There is a certain rebranding logic in City insisting on a colour change for Heart to light blue.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory has always touted itself as the Manchester United of the A-League.

Midweek Motor

Why ripping Heart out of Melbourne wouldn't kill the club

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory have always touted themselves as the Manchester United of the A-League: the club with the biggest fan base, biggest budget and best facilities.

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FFA chief David Gallop eyes $100m annual windfall from TV

Michael Lynch Football Federation Australia aims to more than double its $40 million a year TV revenues when the next broadcast deal is struck, lifting rights fees perhaps as high as $100 million a year.

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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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Man with a mission can't help feeling envious of teammates

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 14:  Archie Thompson controls the ball during an Australian Socceroos training session at WIN Jubilee Stadium on June 14, 2013 in Sydney, Australia.  (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch He may be the most experienced player in the Socceroo squad doing his utmost to ensure he is in the party for Brazil 2014, but Archie Thompson admits he is jealous of his Melbourne Victory teammates...

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Archie yearns for Liverpool kiss

Archie Thompson during the East Asian Cup game against South Korea on Saturday.

Michael Lynch Archie Thompson is jealous of his Melbourne Victory teammates as they prepare to face Liverpool.

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The lure of Liverpool

Liverpool fans singing Never Walk Alone.

Michael Lynch The MCG will be packed out for Liverpool practice match. Does this say something about Australian crowds, or the power of the brand?

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Victory expects membership boost after Liverpool success

Connor Pain of the Victory controls the ball during the match against Liverpool.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory flush from its record Australian crowd sell out against English Premiership giants Liverpool, is forecasting a 25 per cent membership boost as a result of the huge impression the...

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Fringe Socceroos' time to shine at East Asian Cup

Socceroos coach Holger Osieck

Michael Lynch Jade North says too many supporters have been ready to write off Holger Osieck's line up of fringe Socceroos and hopefuls simply because the majority of them play in Australia.

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Record sales for Liverpool

Liverpool fans at The MCG.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory is tipping a 25 per cent membership surge after their match with Liverpool.

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Heart talks to Mifsud

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's search for a striker has taken a new turn.