German fans have gone West Ham United crazy, snapping up more than 29,000 tickets for the Hammers' pre-season match at SG Dynamo Dresden.

The fixture, which will be played at the Glucksgas Stadium on Friday 27 July, has caught the imagination of Dresden and West Ham supporters alike, with all standard home sections of the ground now completely sold out and just 350 visitors tickets remaining as of 1.30pm on Wednesday.

More than 2,000 West Ham fans have already snapped up tickets for the match, but supporters will have to move fast if they want to make sure of attending what promises to be a memorable occasion in eastern Germany. To see exactly how many tickets are still available, click here.

Dynamo sports director Steffen Menze said the club could not wait to welcome West Ham to the city.


"We are once again shown the enormous loyalty of our supporters, some of whom have been attracted to the game by the famous name of West Ham United for an evening reminiscent of Dynamo Dresden's European Cup period [in the 1970s]," said Menze.

The fixture is just the sixth time in Dynamo's 62-year history that the home section of the stadium has completely sold out for a pre-season match - the most-recent occasion being the visit of German side FC Schalke 04 for the Glucksgas Stadium's inaugural match in September 2009.

The match is one of three taking place during West Ham's pre-season trip to Germany. Sam Allardyce and his squad head to mainland Europe on 23 July before taking on 3.Liga club FC Rot-Weiss Erfurt (25 July), Dresden and FC Energie Cottbus (29 July).

The Hammers have a number of 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 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. Twenty-six years later and the two sides will meet again.

The game has been marketed widely by Dynamo Dresden and The Sports Promoters and is part of the 2012 Summer of Champions series, which will also see Eintracht Frankfurt face Spanish giants Valencia, Scottish club Rangers travel to Braunschweig and Hamburger SV welcome Barcelona.

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