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.

Football

A-League round 4 2013: Melbourne Victory edge Wellington Phoenix

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory enjoys a close win over Wellington Phoenix.

Wasteful Melbourne Heart downed by Wellington Phoenix

John Aloisi

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

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Soccer

Pressure builds on Heart coach John Aloisi as Wellington Phoenix win again

Heartbreaker: Wellington's Stein Huysegems (right) is congratulated by teammates after his goal against Melbourne Heart.

Michael Lynch If you don't take any of the numerous chances you create and then concede a late goal to a counter-attack then you only have yourself to blame.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat plugs gaps as Melbourne Victory seeks response to Heart loss

Michael Lynch Every game for Melbourne Victory feels like a cup final at this stage of the campaign.

Soccer

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

Michael Lynch

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

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

A clash with formula one grand prix puts the brakes on Heart crowd

Michael Lynch Melbourne Heart's hope for a big crowd will be stymied thanks to the Melbourne Grand Prix.

Soccer

In-form Melbourne Heart faces its big test against Brisbane Roar

Michael Lynch So what's the secret to Melbourne Heart's revival and can it continue when it faces its toughest test?

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

Revived Heart pumped under van't Schip

Melbourne Heart coach John van't Schip.

Michael Lynch Six weeks after John Aloisi left, the picture has changed for the Melbourne Heart.

Soccer

A-League club licences extended until 2034

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Michael Lynch Australia's nine A-League franchise holders can plan for the future with certainty.

Soccer

Tantalising win, but can Heart do it again?

Heart supporters

Michael Lynch Will Melbourne Heart's first win of the campaign be like a London bus?

Soccer

Get Tom Rogic, sack Mitch Nichols

Adrian Leijer is yellow-carded.

Michael Lynch Victory was abject in Wellington, but there were some mitigating circumstances.

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Soccer

Victory gets Tom Rogic and high hopes for Sunday clash with Sydney

Michael Lynch Kevin Muscat's side looks to regroup from its thrashing at the hands of Wellington Phoenix.

Soccer

Ex-Victory coach rises from ashes at Phoenix

Michael Lynch At 61, age certainly doesn't appear to be wearying Ernie Merrick.

Football

Ernie Merrick has been reinvigorated by move to Phoenix

Michael Lynch

Michael Lynch You can, it seems, teach an old dog new tricks.

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Soccer

Tantalising season on cards after early whirl

Michael Lynch Two rounds in and only one A-League team, Brisbane Roar, has a 100 per cent record .

Roar in first loss, but still top of table

Victory fans.

Michael Lynch Mike Mulvey's side has six points, one more than a clutch of clubs.

Soccer

Kevin Muscat to coach Melbourne Victory

Kevin Muscat

Michael Lynch Melbourne Victory will announce Kevin Muscat as its new head coach on Thursday.

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