The Hammer Hearts Deutschland cannot wait to welcome West Ham United to Germany next week.

The supporters' club is one of three in Germany and hundreds formed to cheer on the Hammers from all over the world.

West Ham are set to travel to the east of the country for three pre-season matches against 3.Liga club FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt (25 July) and 2.Bundesliga sides Dynamo Dresden (27 July) and FC Energie Cottbus (29 July).

The Hammers have previous links with Germany, having beaten TSV 1860 Munich 2-0 in the 1965 European Cup Winners' Cup final at Wembley and been represented by German international Thomas Hitzlsperger.

While they have never met Rot-Weiss Erfurt or Energie Cottbus previously, the Hammers met Dynamo Dresden in August 1986, when John Lyall's side defeated the then-East German giants 2-1 at the FC Groningen Tournament in the Netherlands through goals from Tony Cottee and Frank McAvennie.

whufc.com spoke to Hammer Hearts spokesman Dennis Muller about the Hammers' visit to his homeland and the club's hopes for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign.

Why West Ham United?

DM - Because we love it. It is a passion and you cannot learn it. You have to feel it. Come on Claret and Blue Army!

What is your reaction to the news that West Ham United will be coming to Germany?

DM - It is a nice opportunity for us to see our team playing in our country. Every one of us is looking forward to this games with a heart full of joy. But, in fact, nothing can beat the Upton Park feeling or following West Ham over land and sea.

How many Germany-based West Ham United supporters do you expect to attend the matches at Dynamo Dresden, Energie Cottbus and Rot-Weiss Erfurt?

DM - We have really no clue how many will attend to the matches, but it is sure that a lot of members of our supporters' club will be there to support the team we love from London. We have many people in Germany who like the English football and especially West Ham.

Moore Than a Football Club

When did the Hammer Hearts Deutschland last visit the Boleyn Ground to watch a match?

DM - The last match we watched at the Boleyn Ground was the Cardiff City Play-Off semi-final. Last season some of us had visited Upton Park to support the team in nearly every home game. We also support our team in away matches. This season we took part at Brighton and Hove Albion, Millwall, Ipswich Town, Peterborough United, Cardiff City, Burnley and our last away game at Wembley against Blackpool!-

Did many fans get together to watch the Championship Play-Off final at Wembley?

DM - Yeah, four of us, Pascal, Dieter, Michael and me flew to London to watch it live with our friends from Essex at Wembley, while many others had watched it together in pubs in Germany. It was a wonderful day out at Wembley and it has delivered so much fun, a fantastic atmosphere and an unbelievable feeling which you can't buy with all the money in the world. In one word, it was wonderful.

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Hammer Hearts Deutschland in London for the Play-Off final

What are your expectations for the 2012/13 season in the Premier League?

DM - We expect nothing special. We hope that we hold our place in the league and can beat the Spurs twice. It is for sure that the 2012/13 season will be a tough one. We want to see a team which is fighting and will play aggressive and offensive football. We are back where we belong to. So, keep on fighting West Ham.

Which West Ham United players are the most popular in Germany and why?

DM - Mark Noble, Carlton Cole, Robert Green, James Tomkins... In fact we like everyone from the squad. We are one team on the pitch and in the stands. Don't forget the old ones like Sir Trevor Brooking, Sir Geoff Hurst, Martin Peters, Bobby Moore, Billy Bonds and all the other legends. Bobby Moore is the most popular West Ham United player in Germany.

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