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Friday 11 April Updated Wednesday 18 February

West Ham head for Schalke 04 Cup

West Ham United are delighted to announce that the Club will take part in the prestigious four-team Schalke 04 Cup in Germany in August.

The Hammers will join host club Schalke 04, Spanish Primera Division side Malaga CF and fellow Barclays Premier League outfit Newcastle United in the tournament, which will be held at the VELTINS-Arena over the weekend of Saturday 2/Sunday 3 August.

West Ham will be roared on by thousands of supporters in Germany during the competition, which will be held in a stadium which hosted the 2004 UEFA Champions League final, five matches at the 2006 FIFA World Cup and has a capacity of 61,482, a retractable roof and retractable pitch.

Two matches will be held on each day of the tournament, with a special points system in place. Three points will be awarded to the winner of a match, while if a game ends in a draw, it will go straight to a penalty shoot-out, with the winner receiving two points. Whichever club accumulates the most points in two matches will be declared the champions.

While West Ham have met Newcastle 125 times in their history, the competition will potentially see the Club meet both Schalke 04 and Malaga CF for the first time.

Ticket details for West Ham fans are yet to be confirmed and will follow on whufc.com in due course.

The competition marks the third summer in succession that West Ham will have visited Germany as part of their pre-season schedule.

In 2012, the Hammers toured the country, taking on FC Rot-WeiƟ Erfurt, Dynamo Dresden and Energie Cottbus, while 2013 saw Big Sam's side face Bundesliga trio FSV Mainz 05, Hamburger SV and Eintracht Braunschweig.

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