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)
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by Trevor Fear
08:35PM 29th May 2012
''I would like to go to these two games but unsure where to stay, e.g Germany Czech republic or even Poland as the last two are very close and a lot cheaper for beer hotels etc.''
by Colin Tomlin
04:10PM 24th May 2012
''Seems as good a place as any. If they have a reputation as racist my view is that is not a reason to abort the tour. I tend to believe that, that gives a sign to the morons of this world that they could be right. As a club and as supporters we are bigger than that.''
11:57AM 24th May 2012
''Welcome from Germany. Sorry, but the things about Erfurt are wrong. Normally we have supporters like in every town, not the bad´s one and not the Chelsea ones! We hope that you guys support, with many people, your team. You're welcome in east Germany and when you need a hotel close to Erfurt (10 miles) let me know. Red white pride!''
10:43AM 24th May 2012
''Welcome to Erfurt!
We can walk and do not live in trees. Our players were born in Germany, Bosnia, Tunesia, Belgium, Ghana... We eat bananas und put the banana skins into a garbage pail.
I wish for a fair soccer game. RWE.''
11:10PM 23rd May 2012
''It may kick off in a big way. The East German clubs (particularly Erfurt have a large racist hooligan element. Good luck to anyone (including me)(who will be going!
12:31PM 23rd May 2012
''Just what we need, two glamourous warm ups... I'm sure our black players will enjoy the banana skins and monkey chants from the sophisticated east German crowd. I don't really get why in the entire world of football you want pre-season there. I guess the East End and Dresden were both bombed heavily in the war.''