Kick-off times for the pre-season Schalke 04 Cup competition in Germany have been confirmed.

West Ham United will head to the four-team tournament in Gelsenkirchen over the weekend of 2-3 August, where they will take on Bundesliga giants and UEFA Champions League qualifiers Schalke 04 and Spanish Primera Division side Malaga.

Malaga will get the two-day football festival kicked-off when they take on Barclays Premier League side Newcastle United at 3.30pm local time on Saturday 2 August.

Sam Allardyce's team will then take to the pitch at the 61,973-capacity stadium for a 5.30pm kick-off against Jens Keller's star-studded squad, which includes no fewer than seven players who could appear at this summer's FIFA World Cup finals - Germany pair Julian Draxler and Benedikt Howedes, Bosnia and Herzegovina defender Sead Kolasinac, Cameroon midfielder Joel Matip, Dutch striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, Ghana playmaker Kevin-Prince Boateng and Japan defender Atsuto Uchida.


West Ham's clash with Malaga, who finished eleventh in the Primera Division last season, will get the second day of action underway at 3.30pm on Sunday 3 August.

The most familiar name in Los Boquerones' squad is veteran Paraguay striker Roque Santa Cruz, who played under Big Sam at Blackburn Rovers and also appeared for Manchester City.

The tournament will be completed by Schalke's clash with Newcastle, which kicks-off at 5.30pm.

The Schalke 04 Cup is being played on a points basis. Winners after 90 minutes will receive three points. If a game ends in a draw after 90 minutes, it will immediately go to penalties, with the winner getting two points.

The winners of the tournament will be the team that picks up the most points from the two games.

Hundreds of West Ham supporters are expected to make the relatively short trip to the city in the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia, while the tournament is also being broadcast live in up to 160 countries.

Tickets are available online now here.

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