Filed: Wednesday, 23rd May 2012
By: Staff Writer
West Ham United will warm up for the 2012/13 Premier League campaign with a trip to Germany, it has been confirmed.
Sam Allardyce's side will face 3 Liga outfit Rot-Weiß Erfurt at the Steigerwaldstadion on 25th July - and that game is set to be followed by a fixture against Dymano Dresden, as revealed here on KUMB yesterday, on either the 27th or 28th of the month (although this is yet to be rubber-stamped).
Rot-Weiß (aka Red-White) are a relatively new football club having been formed from the amalgamation of two former East German clubs, SC Turbine Erfurt and BSG Optima Erfurt in 1966. However their roots as a sports club can be traced back to the end of the 1800s.
The club's home ground, the Steigerwaldstadion - which comes complete with a running track - was built in 1931 and has a capacity of just under 20,000, hence there should be plenty of opportunity for travelling supporters to obtain tickets for the friendly.
Rot-Weiß confired this morning that they will also play double-winners Borussia Dortmund during pre-season. Chairman Rolf Rombach said: "These two clubv will prove exceptionally attractive opponents."
An old Germanic settlement, Erfurt is the capital city of the German region of Thuringia which is situated almost dead centre of the reunfied Germany.
The club - who finished fifth in last season's 3 Liga for the second successive season - are currently managed by Stefan Emmerling, a former pro who spent his career at lower league clubs such as SG Wattenscheid and Duisburg.
Ticket prices for the game are set to be announced shortly, according to Rot-Weiß's website.
West Ham United pre-season programme
25th July: Rot-Weiß Erfurt (a)
27th/28th July: Dynamo Dresden (a)