Socceroos charm the locals in Kazan ahead of their World Cup clash with France

Alex Broun 12/06/2018
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The Socceroos are having fun in Kazan.

Australia may not be one of the favourites for the World Cup but they are certainly a big favourite with local crowds in Kazan where they are basing themselves for the group stage.

The Socceroos are training at the Trudovye Rezervy Stadium in the Volga River port city, the capital of Tatarstan, where Colombia and Japan are also based.

Australia are hoping for a degree of home support in the crowd on match day and that support was evident on Sunday, when dancers performed a traditional Tatarstan welcome at the team hotel.

They also served up ‘chak-chak’ — a fried honey cake with almonds traditional to the region — which was well received by those players game enough to try a taste.

An open training session for fans on Monday drew thousands, which was the moment World Cup fever hits the Socceroos. Australia’s first match is against France on Saturday at the Kazan Arena.

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Colombia are favourites progress from the group but will face plenty of resistance from each of the other three teams in Japan, Senegal and Poland.

Alex is joined by Alex Rea and Stuart Appleby.

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France trained in the rain ahead of their World Cup clash with Australia on Saturday.

Les Bleus played their final warm-up game against the United States, a 1-1 draw in which Olivier Giroud was carried off with a head injury.

The Chelsea striker however was involved in the team’s training session on Tuesday.

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