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.


Melbourne Victory defeat is 'gut-wrenching', says Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory might have been running on empty as they tried to deny Brisbane Roar the Premiers Plate on Saturday night at Suncorp Stadium.


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.


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...


Melbourne Victory incensed by low offer for star midfielder Mitch Nichols

Mitch Nichols.

Michael Lynch J-League side Cerezo Osaka has offered only $200,000 as a transfer fee.

Melbourne Victory deny Western Sydney Wanderers with last-gasp free-kick

Guilherme Finkler

Michael Lynch A dramatic, last-gasp leveller from Brazilian midfielder Gui Finkler's sumptuous free kick gave Melbourne Victory a share of the points in a pulsating 1-1 draw with Western Sydney Wanderers in front...

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Jean-Paul De Marigny to be Melbourne Victory assistant

Jean Paul De Marigny.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory is on Monday set to confirm that experienced former NSL player and A-League assisant coach Jean-Paul De Marigny will be Kevin Muscat's assistant.


Melbourne Victory chairman blasts 'alleged' fans

Melbourne Victory w-league

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory chairman Anthony Di Pietro has slammed 'alleged' fans of the club who clashed with rival supporters from Western Sydney Wanderers last weekend.

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Brisbane Roar too strong for Melbourne Victory

Thomas Broich

Michael Lynch Brisbane Roar has become a byword in the Australian game for fast, inventive, creative and thoughtful football.

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Melbourne Victory under pressure after poor form over Christmas period

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It's not exactly crisis time at Melbourne Victory. But things are not as good as they could be.


Into the valley of depth for Melbourne Victory's big test

Archie Thompson and Kosta Barbarouses at Victory training.

Michael Lynch It's the depth of the squad, not the strength of a club's first team that determines its performance.


Melbourne Victory recalls defensive pair for Newcastle Jets clash

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Adrian Leijer and Leigh Broxham set to be recalled to starting 11.


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.


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


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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Melbourne Victory must lift its pace: Kevin Muscat

Plenty to think about: Victory coach Kevin Muscat during Sunday's game.

Michael Lynch Coach pledges his team will bounce back to form in clash with Perth Glory.


Tom Rogic joins Melbourne Victory

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch Socceroo midfielder Tom Rogic has clinched a deal to move on loan to Melbourne Victory until the end of May.


Melbourne Victory signing Tom Rogic says he is better than ever

Tom Rogic

Michael Lynch For a man who is expected to reinvigorate Melbourne Victory's depleted midfield and reboot its floundering season Tom Rogic looked remarkably relaxed and self contained as he fronted the media for...


Sydney FC thrash hapless Melbourne Victory 5-0


Michael Lynch Sydney FC are back in finals contention after running up the biggest away win in their history against Melbourne Victory on Sunday.

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Melbourne Victory players' futures on line: Muscat

Sydney FC

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory is fast becoming a club in crisis after an Australia Day nightmare.


Melbourne Victory put to the sword by rampant Sydney FC

Alessadro Del Piero.

Michael Lynch Abject, clueless, porous at the back and bereft of ideas and quality in midfield and up front, Victory goes down 5-0 to Sydney at Etihad Stadium.


Melbourne Victory's Kevin Muscat faces first real test of credentials

Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch Coach's biggest problem is that he hasn't got a player like himself in his squad.