Tickets for West Ham United's Marathonbet Cup clash with Italian giants UC Sampdoria are now on General Sale.

Four-time Italian Cup winners and 1991 Serie A champions, 'i Blucerchiati' will provide the Hammers with their final pre-season test ahead of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign when they visit the Boleyn Ground on Saturday 9 August at 3pm.

As part of the Club's commitment to making football Affordable for All, General Sale ticket prices for this mouth-watering fixture start from just £20 for Adults and £10 for Under-16s. Matchday prices rise by £5 in both categories. Season Ticket Holders can buy advance tickets from just £15 for Adults and £5 for Under-16s.


Managed by former Yugoslavia defender Siniša Mihajlović, Sampdoria finished 12th in Serie A last season but will be hopeful of challenging for a European place next term.

The Genoa-based club possesses a cosmopolitan squad featuring the likes of Italy striker Manolo Gabbiadini, Serbia midfielder Nenad Krsticic, Iceland midfielder Birkir Bjarnason and Poland duo Bartosz Salamon and Paweł Wszołek, while Mihajlović's team is captained by Daniele Gastaldello.

Two Sampdoria players have experience of English football - Germany international defender Shkodran Mustafi spent two years with Everton as a youngster, while Italian forward Stefano Okaka scored Fulham's winner in a 3-2 Premier League victory against West Ham at Craven Cottage in May 2010.

West Ham have met il Doria just once previously, but Hammers fans will be hoping for better than the 6-1 Makita International Tournament defeat suffered at Highbury in August 1991. That day, Renato Buso scored four times and Toninho Cerezo and Attilio Lombardo once each for the Italians, with George Parris netting the Hammers' consolation goal.

In all, Sampdoria won the Makita Tournament in three straight seasons between 1990 and 1992, beating Arsenal in two finals before overcoming Leeds United in the third.
The Italian club will be visiting England for the first time in seven years, with Alan Smith scoring Newcastle United's winner in a 1-0 victory at St James' Park in August 2007 during their last visit to the country.

The visit of Sampdoria completes a rich and varied pre-season schedule for Sam Allardyce's squad, which includes fixtures against seven teams from six different countries.

Pre-season fixtures 2014/15

Sat 12 July v Stevenage (Lamex Stadium, 3pm)
Wed 16 July v Ipswich Town (Portman Road, 7.45pm)
Wed 23 July v Wellington Phoenix (Eden Park, Auckland, New Zealand, 7.45pm local time)
Sat 26 July v Sydney FC (Westpac Stadium, Wellington, New Zealand, 2pm local time)
Sat 2 Aug v Schalke 04 (Schalke 04 Cup, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 5.30pm local time)
Sun 3 Aug v Malaga (Schalke 04 Cup, Veltins Arena, Gelsenkirchen, Germany, 3.30pm local time)
Sat 9 Aug Marathonbet Cup v UC Sampdoria (Boleyn Ground, 3pm)

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