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.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory coach Kevin Muscat pleased with a draw against Perth Glory

Tom Rogic

Michael Lynch It was always going to be a trip in which the result would be more important than the performance.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory fixed on bouncing back against Perth Glory

Archie Thompson warms up

Michael Lynch For Kevin Muscat, success is as much about performance as it is the outcome.

Football

Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards in hot water after post-match snub

Alistair Edwards

Michael Lynch Perth Glory coach Alistair Edwards will face a please explain demand from the FFA after his failure to front for a post-match press conference after his team crashed to a 2-0 defeat to Melbourne...

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Soccer

Dramas fail to detract from Victory win over Perth Glory

Victory substitute Gui Finkler sealed the win.

Michael Lynch Victory coach Kevin Muscat not bothered by other issues after his team won.

Football

Alistair Edwards' sons failed to shine at Perth Glory, so storm was always brewing

Alistair Edwards - Perth Glory

Michael Lynch There’s hardly a father alive who hasn’t wanted the best for his son, who has not done what he could to help him, or swiftly moved to defend him when he is the subject of unwarranted criticism.

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Soccer

Australia needs to set itself for long haul

Tim Cahill was one of the key players for the Socceroos in Brazil.

Michael Lynch Sitting in the Maracana watching the two best international teams in the world it was impossible not to muse, at least momentarily, on how far Australia still has to go.

Soccer

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

Michael Lynch

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.

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...

Soccer

John van't Schip gets Melbourne Heart back on track

All Heart: Jonatan Germano (left) celebrates with Iain Ramsay.

Michael Lynch Heart looms as a banana skin upon which any number of fancied teams might slip up.

Soccer

Tom Rogic's gamble to play for Victory will be tested

Tom Rogic.

Michael Lynch, John Salvado Tom Rogic gambled when he opted to come to Melbourne Victory in a bid to play himself into form.

Soccer

Van't Schip leads Heart transformation

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch John van't Schip's got priors at this sort of thing, galvanising his Melbourne Heart team to performances few expected.

Soccer

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

Michael Lynch dinkus

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

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Soccer

Heart coach concedes finals a possibility

On target: Heart players celebrate Orlando Engelaar's match-winning goal at AAMI Park.

Michael Lynch With seven games remaining, Heart is six points away from sixth-placed Central Coast.

Soccer

Heart beats again, making it four wins in a row

Heart v Roar

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's improbable dream of a finals berth remains alive for another week.

Soccer

Melbourne Victory must bolster its defence

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch It's all very well having a potent attack and offering a threat every time you go forward. But its not much use if you leak goals every time the opposition gets into your half.

Soccer

Melbourne Heart needs three wins to contest A-League finals

Michael Lynch A minimum of three wins - and preferably four - from its past five matches is what it will take to give Melbourne Heart much chance of completing its fairytale recovery with a finals berth next month.

Soccer

Victories few, but Muscat exudes control

Victory coach Kevin Muscat.

Michael Lynch As a player, Kevin Muscat might have been fiery - a byword for toughness.

Soccer

Ex-Socceroo to add steel to the Heart

Patrick Kisnorbo.

Michael Lynch The 32-year-old defender has put his World Cup disappointment behind him.

Soccer

Waiting for Glory years

Michael Lynch

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

Football

Sydney FC's Seb Ryall riles rivals with spray at Heart's Harry Kewell

Seb Ryall

Michael Lynch Back in his Melbourne Victory days, Sydney FC's defender Seb Ryall was known for his quiet nature and his silence, earning the dressing room nickname of Humphrey as a tribute to his muteness.

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