The National Curriculum

The National Curriculum

School is back in session. Join a rotating collection of some of Australian football’s finest brain thinkers in Joey Lynch, Nick Stoll, Nick D'Urbano, and Josh Parish -- as well as some special guests along the way -- for The National Curriculum. Every week, the TNC crew will look back at the week that was in Australian football and bring you the best analysis and opinion in Australian football. No cow is too sacred, no topic too taboo, or figure too untouchable to be spared the wrath of Good Football Takes™

Episodes

November 15, 2023 25 mins
The Socceroos quest to qualify for the 2026 FIFA World Cup is set to begin this week, so we’re bringing back a special episode of the International Curriculum – Joey Lynch sitting down one-on-one with Australia coach Graham Arnold.  With games against Bangladesh and Palestine looming, Arnie talks about his squad selection for this window and how his squad will adjust to being the ball-dominant, proactive side in possession against ...
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One normal day of Isuzu Ute A-Liga Hombres. All I ask. Will never happen. After a bonkers week of Aussie sokkah, Joey Lynch is joined by Jason Pine, the voice of New Zealand football on Sky Sport NZ and the host of Weekend Sport on Newstalk ZB, to try to make sense of it all. Rado Vidosic is out at Melbourne City after just two games, the last of which was a 6-0 thrashing at the hands of Adelaide. Why did it happen? What does it me...
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The A-Leagues are in full swing, Danny Townsend is off to Saudi Arabia, someone might (finally) buy the Jets, Silver Lake might want their money back, and there are new NSD rumours! Bit happening. Joey Lynch is joined by ESPN contributor and all-around superstar Stephanie Brantz and Fagiano Okayama midfielder and one-haff of the Football Friends with Ben & Stef podcast Stefan Mauk to look at yet another big week in Aussie Sokkah. W...
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October 19, 2023 103 mins
The Grand Final deal is dead! Long live the Unite Round! Joey Lynch is joined by AAP and the Far Post Podcast's Anna Harrington and rising star Lani Johnson to look at a huge ten days in Aussie sokkah. The A-Liga's scrapping the grand final deal is front and centre but there's also Auckland expansion, Perth's new owners, the Sokkahroos in action against England and New Zealand and the return of #VolpatoWatch! And how about the reco...
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The National Curriculum is back for 2023-24! No nonsense here? No, nonsense here! Joey Lynch is joined by AAP's George Clarke, The West Australian's Ben Smith, and ESPN superstar Steph Brantz to look at all the big stories in Australian sokkah and preview the A-League Women and Socceroos. What's the go with the A-Liga Blokes and VAR? And what about expansion, the Grand Final deal, Stephen Conroy, and Danny Townsend? What about the ...
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In the A-Liga justice system, the people are represented by two separate yet equally important groups. The PFA who investigate crime and the Independent Judiciary Committees who prosecute the offenders. These are their stories. DUN DUN When the week is highlighted by claims that a coach punched one of their players and the PFA are investigating, you know it's a weird one. Stoll and Joey are joined by TNC's man in West Australia Ben...
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Riding a six-game winning streak, the vibes are good around the Matildas. Surely nothing to complain about, right? Don't worry; Joey Lynch, Nick Stoll, Josh Parish and special guest Taryn Heddo found some stuff to gripe about. Then after subbing out Taryn for Nick D'Urbano, the pod breaks down the latest iteration of the Melb Derby (are the Vuck back?), Warren Moon's ouster from Brisbane Roar, the A-Liga Belt, the barmy 4-4 draw be...
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February 13, 2023 90 mins
Sydney is Sky Blue once again after the latest iteration of the Sydney Derby! Is Max Burgess the GOAT? Should coach's consult the latest socioeconomic data before they talk to the press? Is the Sydney Derby just a case of the first goal wins? Joey, Stoll, D'Urbano, Josh, and Smith are here to break it all down. In more ALM chat, there's the future of Macarthur under Mile Sterjovski, Melbourne City's status as kings of the Box Off...
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Etension in hand, Graham Arnold will lead the Socceroos into the 2026 cycle. Whas it the right call to expand the expectant one? Why did Football Australia do it? What are the risks? And what does it mean for Australian football more broadly? Stoll, Joey, and Josh, are back and here to break it down in an espresso edition of TNC! The boys then cast their eyes across a big week in Australian football. Who will be part of Football Au...
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Is the A-Liga Blokes a three-horse race? Did Victory get off easy with its sanctions? Did supporters extract enough concessions from the APL to stop their grand final protests? Is the top of the tomato terrible? In a bumper episode, the people's host is back in the main chair as Stoll, Joey, Josh, and TNC's man in Perth Ben Smith cast their eyes across the latest round of A-Liga Men's action, the sanctions handed down to Melbourne ...
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January 9, 2023 177 mins
It's a huge TNC episode, so huge that Nick Stoll immediately regretted it. Across a bumper review special; Joey, Teo, Stoll, and D'Urbano break down the form of every A-Liga Men's after ten games of the season. Who is meeting expectations and who isn't? Why is that the case? What are we rating them out of ten? What do they need to do to improve? There's also a discussion on the latest surrounding the APL's grand final decision an...
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It's a very thanks and success TNC Christmas Special! A week on from the violent pitch invasion that forced the abandonment of the Melbourne Derby, Joey Lynch and Teo Pellizzeri discuss its continued fallout and the preliminary sanctions that have been handed down to Melbourne Victory by Football Australia. Do they go too far? Not far enough? And what is to be made of the continued episodes of anti-social behaviour that continues t...
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Josh Parish, Nick Stoll and Ben Smith discuss the shocking events during the Melbourne Derby, where to know for the A-Leagues, what happened on the field plus the World Cup final between Lionel Messi's Argentina and Kylian Mbappe's France. (5:00) : The sad scenes during the Melbourne derby, what happens now, possible sanctions, how do you deal with this problem and why this will affect everything. (1:01:45): Everything else that...
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The APL's decision to sell the next three A-Liga Hombres and A-Liga Feminina Grand Finals to the New South Wales state government is increasingly threatening to tear the league apart. Fans are at breaking point, boycotts and walkouts are coming, and the league shows no signs of backing down. How did it come to this? Is it a surprise? Is it salvageable? Nick Stoll, Josh Parish, and Joey Lynch are here to try and make sense of it al...
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(0:20) Australia 1 Argentina 2 - Nick D'Urbano, Nick Stoll, Teo Pellizzeri, Lachie Flanagan and Damir Kulas discuss the Socceroos' Round of 16 match, including who played well and who didn't. (25:40) Billionaire Vince Rugari and ESPN's Joey Lynch join the pod to discuss the bigger picture, what happens next for Graham Arnold and what was the feeling inside the stadium and inside the camp on the historic night for Australian footba...
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Is this really happening? Is Lionel Messi about to come up against the Socceroos in the Round of 16 of a FIFA World Cup? Did 7000 people really turn up at 2am on a Wednesday to Fed Square to watch the Socceroos, rip flares and rip...other things? Nick Stoll in Sydney, Joey Lynch in Doha, Lachie Flanagan and Josh Parish in Melbourne and Ben Smith in Perth connect to discuss what's a dream and what's reality, how the magic all unfold...
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November 30, 2022 84 mins
Pokuah Frimpong takes a Ghana victory lap, joining Josh Parish, Lachie Flannigan, Nick Stoll and Nick D'Urbano to recap the best night of the World Cup so far. Plus, we address the ridiculous 'A-Liga' debate that took over Sokkah Twitter for a day. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Josh & Stoll are joined by special guest Joe Simon from the Inside Football Podcast as Germany goes Full Krug, Croatia takes revenge on Canada's coach, and a Belgian catfishing scandal is exposed. Plus: Nick Stoll launches his mayoral campaign, and we ponder the nature of karmic retribution. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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Stoll, D'Urbano, Teo, Lachie, Josh and Damir are all on board to soak in the euphoric afterglow of the Socceroos' first win at a World Cup since 2010. A moment to savour. Plus, Leo Messi worship, predictions, and unexpected tangents, in true TNC fashion. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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D'Urbano, Stoll and Damir are on deck to preview Australia vs Tunisia, pick apart a dull England performance and pay tribute to Iran's magnificent late win. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
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