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Low key arrival for unfancied Australia

AFP  |  Kazan 

today finally arrived at their base in chilly Kazan, where the 'Socceroos' will begin preparations for what many pundits believe will be yet another early departure from

Scheduled to meet highly-fancied in their opener on June 16, Bert Van Marwijk's men touched down shortly after midday and made the short trip from airport to their hotel and training complex a few kilometres from the centre of the colourful, windswept Tatar city.

Australia, whose best performance was reaching the last 16 under Guus Hiddink in 2006, are based at the Trudovye Rezervy Stadium, the training centre of local top ice-hockey side Ak Bars

Van Marwijk's greatest moment was leading the to final in 2010, when the 'Oranje' were beaten 1-0 by in

But this current crop would only seriously begin to impress home fans if they managed to qualify from a Group C also featuring and

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 20:55 IST