The Caltex Socceroos are set to benefit from using the same facilities that helped AK Bars Kazan to the 2018 Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) Championship when the team arrives in Russia for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ in June.
AK Bars Kazan won the 2018 KHL title, known as the Gagarin Cup, for a record third time on the weekend, defeating CSKA Moscow in the Final.
Winning the KHL title is no easy feat given the competition comprises 27 teams from seven nations. While most teams come from the Russian Federation, sides from China, Kazakhstan, Slovakia, Finland, Latvia, and Belarus also compete in the competition.
Many months ago, Football Federation Australia (FFA) locked in the highly sought-after AK Bars Kazan facility as the Socceroos’ accommodation and training base for the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.
Caltex Socceroos staff have been working with AK Bars Kazan management over the past year in readiness for the team’s arrival in Russia.
Australia’s sports science, gym, recovery, meeting, accommodation, and training field facilities will all be located within 200 metres of each other, providing Bert van Marwijk, his staff, and of course the players with the best possible preparation for each match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™.
The Caltex Socceroos will play France in their first match at the 2018 FIFA World Cup™ at Kazan Arena on Saturday, 16 June 2018.
*Lead Image courtesy of © Kontinental Hockey League (Facebook)
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