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.

David Villa cutting it fine ahead of Melbourne City A-League debut

Late arrival: David Villa won’t join City until the eve of its opener.

Michael Lynch Melbourne City's marquee guest signing David Villa is undoubtedly a world class player - but he's leaving it late if he wants to learn his new team's tactical plans ahead of the season opener on...

Socceroos easily beaten by Belgium in friendly

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Michael Lynch World Cup quarter-finalists Belgium eased to a 2-0 victory over a new-look Australian side featuring several players making their first appearances for the national team in an international friendly...

Premier League players go from zeroes to heroes

Manchester City's Belgian defender Vincent Kompany.

Michael Lynch The English Premier League is set to kick off this weekend and so many of the players scorned for their performances in Manaus, Rio de Janeiro and Belo Horizonte are now being lionised and sold to...

Soccer

FIFA must bite the biter back - and hard

Michael Lynch When a dog bites a human he is, if lucky, given a warning and one last chance to prove he can rub along with the rest of society. If he's unlucky, he is put down with little discussion on the matter.

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

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

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

City Slickers set to triumph

Michael Lynch In this most topsy-turvy of English Premier League seasons, will there be one last unexpected twist in the tail?

Soccer

Fortune favours the brave ...

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...

Chile's key man Arturo Vidal in race against time to face Australia

Chilean Arturo Vidal is tipped for a big-money move after the World Cup.

Michael Lynch Arturo Vidal, Chile's main man, is used to having praise heaped upon him.

Soccer

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.

Soccer

Harry Kewell was the face of Australian football

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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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Soccer

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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Football

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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Soccer

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.

Soccer

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.

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...

Soccer

Ange v Arnie ... and don't forget Tony

Ange Postecoglou

Michael Lynch The race for the job of coaching the Socceroos is down to a trio of locally based coaches.