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.


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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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 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.


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 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.


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.


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.


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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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...

David Villa likely to play in A-League's opening round

David Villa poses during an event to unveil the new logo for Major League Soccer in New York on September 18. Melbourne City says Villa is available for selection for the A-League opener on October 11.

Michael Lynch Spanish superstar David Villa will be available for selection for Melbourne City's round-one clash with Sydney FC.

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...

David Villa to play in Melbourne City's Sydney opener as club confirms arrival

Michael Lynch Spanish superstar David Villa will be available for selection for Melbourne City's round one clash with Sydney FC after the club confirmed on Tuesday morning that the World Cup winning striker would...

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Bentleigh Greens' long wait for answer on progression to FFA Cup semi-final


Michael Lynch National Premier League giant killers Bentleigh Greens will have to wait a month to see if they can make the semi-finals of the FFA Cup after being given a date of October 29 for their quarter-final...


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.


Kevin Muscat pays tribute to players' self-belief

Victory coach Kevin Muscat and his Sydney FC counterpart Frank Farina shake hands before the A-League elimination final match on Friday.

Michael Lynch For Melbourne Victory boss Kevin Muscat, Gui Finkler's last minute goal to win their elimination final against Sydney FC was a vindication of his squad's self-belief and commitment, never better...


Gui Finkler volleys dramatic winner as Victory seals semi-final berth

Gui Finkler of the Victory celebrates after scoring the winning goal against Sydney FC.

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory keeps its season alive for another week and condemned Sydney to finals defeat.


Shooting stars so often fizzle out...

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Michael Lynch As young players jockey to stake their claim as late selections for Ange Postecoglou's World Cup squad, it must be remembered that a precocious talent does not always translate into a productive,...


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...