Football Federation Australia have transformed a local stadium in Kazan where the Socceroos will be based for the World Cup.

All around the pitch are giant images from great World Cup moments and heroes from Australian football history.

And they sit next to the simple but direct message in big bold letters for all the squad to remember: HONOUR THE DREAM.

FourFourTwo were the first Australian journalists to get through a tight police security cordon to glimpse the amazing green and gold overhaul of the Trudovye Rezervy Stadium.

Armed police have sealed the area around the stadium and the main entrance has been completely blocked off, while police and security also patrol inside the ground to keep out prying eyes.

The giant motivational screens around the training pitch will also help keep out spies from rival sides from watching the Socceroos train.

The local government has also imposed a ban on all drone flights within 6km of the nearby Kazan Arena stadium where Australia play France on June 16, effectively protecting the airpsace above the Socceroos base too.

The training camp is set in a peaceful and picturesque park within cooee of Kazan Arena and offering a unique environment for the Australian squad.

Their nearby hotel means they are within walking distance of the training ground – yet have all the facilities of the city on their doorstep.

Kazan is also a host city for a series of games – unlike Vitoria, the Australian Brazilian base in 2014 – which means players, staff and fans can soak up the real World Cup atmosphere as an international cavalcade of fans descends on the city day after day.

As well as the tight security around the training ground, security has also been stepped up throughout the city, with up to half a dozen police and army personnel on literally every street corner in the city centre.

The Socceroos play Hungary in their final World Cup warm up game on June 10 before flying in to Russia to set up camp in Kazan for the duration of their campaign.