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.
Michael Lynch THE conventional wisdom about grand final winners finding it difficult to back up is that once successful, they become the hunted not the hunter.
Michael Lynch Young winger dubbed the ''Kiwi Messi'' by his more ardent fans has had a breakout campaign.
Michael Lynch Daniel Mullen says Victory owes it to the fans to lift with finals coming up.
Michael Lynch LIKE a good bottle of red, Archie Thompson appears to be getting better with age.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory brings to an end in scintillating style its run of three successive losses.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory's hard core fans gave the club the silent treatment for the first half of Melbourne's 5-0 win over the Newcastle Jets on Sunday.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's Matt Thompson has seen it all in eight years of A-League soccer.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart is confident it will capture the signature of Socceroos skipper Lucas Neill after it talks to the veteran defender and his agent in Sydney on Friday.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory welcomes the test it faces, set to pit an inexperienced central defensive pairing against Newcastle's star import Emile Heskey.
Michael Lynch It could be one of the most unlikely match-ups in A-League history: pint-sized Leigh Broxham is poised to line up on man mountain Emile Heskey.
Michael Lynch When you have a four-pronged strike force that can threaten like Melbourne Victory, the best form of defence is attack.
Michael Lynch A timely victory lifts Melbourne Heart off the foot of the A-League table.
Michael Lynch MELBOURNE Heart got off to a dream New Year's Day start with Golgol Mebrahtu's sixth-minute strike putting them on the way to a 2-1 triumph over the Newcastle Jets, who had come into this game with...
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.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory always beats Wellington Phoenix. It did so thrice last season.
Michael Lynch There is more to the long-term success of clubs than marquee signings.
Michael Lynch Emile Heskey talks about his time in the English Premier League and the England national team, joining the A-League and why he is not a big cricket fan.
Michael Lynch Two goals in five minutes, six goals in all, a last-gasp penalty and nine yellow cards in a 3-3 draw...
Michael Lynch It was a Saturday night of contrasts for the two Victorian teams.
Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart races to two-goal lead inside five minutes, but ends up splitting points.