Supporters travelling to Portugal to watch West Ham United's final pre-season fixture versus Braga on Friday will need to purchase their tickets by closing time today.

The fixture will kick-off at 8.15pm local time, with tickets priced at £12 for all West Ham supporters. For details of how to purchase your ticket from the Hammers' initial allocation of 500, click here.

The match will see the Hammers complete their preparations for the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League season against a strong side which has risen to the top of the European game in recent seasons.

The fixture will give West Ham supporters the opportunity to visit one of world football's most unique stadia. The Estadio AXA was built in 2003 ahead of the 2004 UEFA European Championship finals, having been carved into the face of the Monte Castro granite quarry.

Assistant manager Neil McDonald said the fixture was a perfect finish to West Ham's pre-season schedule.

"It's a nice game to finish to our pre-season," said Macca. "Braga came third in the Portuguese league and it will be a fantastic game for us. It will give us a good idea of where we are at a week before the start of the season.

"We will have been in training for six or seven weeks leading up to this game, so it will be the most important match of our pre-season and the perfect preparation for welcoming Aston Villa on 18 August.

"They have got two players at the EUROs and have some very good players, so it will be a great experience for us against a fantastic team.

"The stadium brings back memories of EURO 2004 with the rocks behind the goal, so that will be something special. Portugal is a lovely country, so we'll have a good three or four days away to set us up to be ready for the start of the Premier League season."

Founded in 1919, SC Braga reached the Portuguese top-flight for the first time in 1947 and won the Portuguese Cup in 1966.

It is in recent years, however, that the club has become widely-known through its achievements at home and abroad.

Braga have finished outside the top five in the Portuguese Primeira Liga just once in the previous nine seasons, qualifying for European football on each occasion.

After finishing second in 2009/10, the Archbishops ended Celtic and Sevilla's UEFA Champions League hopes in the qualifying rounds before beating Arsenal at home in the group stage. After finishing third in their group, Braga moved into the UEFA Europa League, going all the way to the final before being defeated 1-0 by FC Porto.

Last season, Jose Peseiro's men finished third in the table to again qualify for this season's UEFA Champions League.

Player-wise, Braga have become well-known for importing Brazilian players and their first-team squad contains more than a dozen players from the South American country.

Of their Portuguese contingent, West Ham fans will know midfielder Hugo Viana from his spell at Newcastle United, while defender Migel Lopes and midfielder Custodio were both part of Portugal's 2012 UEFA European Championship finals squad.

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