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

Sydney FC thrash hapless Melbourne Victory 5-0

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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 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.

Soccer

Ten-man Heart stun Sydney FC 2-1

David Williams of the Heart celebrates after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch The revolution may have begun at Melbourne Heart, and establishing the new world order might not take as long as some people thought.

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

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

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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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Sydney FC must harden up to avoid a genuine crisis

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Michael Lynch When you are down among the dead men, nothing seems to go your way - as Sydney FC discovered at the weekend, when they were undone by a controversial penalty in Perth and lost 1-0 despite having the...

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Sydney FC needs to settle on an identity

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Michael Lynch When you are down among the dead men, nothing seems to go your way.

Soccer

Sydney FC's Alessandro Del Piero poses problem for Melbourne Heart

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch It wouldn't be soccer if there wasn't a huge debate about the A-League's biggest star.

Soccer

John Aloisi under pressure as Heart has another loss to Sydney FC

Alessandro Del Piero of Sydney celebrates after scoring a goal.

Michael Lynch Now it is John Aloisi, Melbourne Heart's under-pressure coach, who is staring down the barrel.

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A-League: John Aloisi facing mounting pressure after Melbourne Heart's loss to Sydney FC

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 15:  Coach John Aloisi of the Heart  during the round six A-League match between the Melbourne Heart and Sydney FC at AAMI Park on November 15, 2013 in Melbourne, Australia.  (Photo by Vince Caligiuri/Getty Images)

Michael Lynch There was one solitary banner at the northern end of AAMI Park demanding the dismissal of John Aloisi before this game kicked off, although the tightly knit hard core of Melbourne Heart fans in 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

Blue Moon over Melbourne as City move ticks boxes

Next season, both the players and supporters of the former Melbourne Heart vwill be sporting different colours.

Michael Lynch There will, doubtless, be some disgruntled Melbourne Heart fans who will still be dismayed that the club has changed its name to Melbourne City and changed its first team strip to predominantly white...

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

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

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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.

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Heart beats again, making it four wins in a row

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

Soccer

John van't Schip keen to be part of Heart's future

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Michael Lynch Coach clearly gets his message across well to his players and is tactically astute.

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Melbourne Heart's A-League finals bid damaged by loss to Newcastle

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Michael Lynch Chasing the leaders is the relatively easy part: getting on terms and then sneaking into a finals berth is the hard bit.

Soccer

Is the Asian Champions League worth the hassle?

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Michael Lynch All too the Asian Champions League has looked as though it's just too much trouble.

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

Victory coach Kevin Muscat gives instructions to his players.

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.

Troisi must show Socceroo style if World Cup dream to become reality

In control: James Troisi leads the way at training.

Michael Lynch Time is running out for A-League players hoping to impress Socceroo coach Ange Postecoglou that they are worth a place in his World Cup squad of 23.