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Hammers set for Serie A test


Filed: Saturday, 24th May 2014
By: Staff Writer


West Ham United are lining up an intriguing clash with Italian side Sampdoria for their pre-season finale this summer.

The Serie A club are in advanced negotiations with West Ham over the prestige friendly, which in recent years has resulted in the likes of Deportivo La Caruna, Napoli and Pacos De Ferreira visiting the Boleyn Ground for what has become a traditional season-opener.

Last in England seven years ago for the Makita Cup tournament, Sampdoria finished 12th in Serie A last season with 45 points from 38 games - a similar tally to West Ham who finished 13th with 40 points in the Premier League.

Current star players for i Blucerchiati include former Italian youth international Stefano Okaka, Manolo Gabbiadini and uncapped Brazilian striker Eder, who was the club's highest goalscorer last season with 12.

The Italians' are also lining up matches against West Bromwich Albion plus relegated clubs Fulham and Norwich for their UK trip.


Pre-season prestige: how we've fared in recent seasons

≡ 10th August 2013
West Ham Utd 2-1 Pacos de Ferreira
view match report

≡ 10th August 2012
SC Braga 1-1 West Ham Utd
view match report

≡ 30th July 2011
West Ham Utd 2-0 Real Zaragoza
view match report

≡ 7th August 2010
West Ham Utd 0-0 Deportivo La Coruna (West Ham win 5-3 on pens)
view match report

≡ 8th August 2009
West Ham Utd 0-1 Napoli
view match report

≡ 9th August 2008
West Ham Utd 1-1 Villareal
view match report

≡ 4th August 2007
West Ham Utd 2-1 Roma 1
view match report





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