Hammers fans dream of seeing the club in Europe in the years to come and according to a new survey many are after a foreign adventure of their own as well.
The poll, carried out by West Ham United's official overseas property partner The Village, shows that nearly three quarters (71 per cent) of supporters either already own, or would like to own, property abroad. With a fantastic year-round climate and just a short flight away, it is no surprise that Spain emerged as the top destination with nearly half (41 per cent) of those questioned
According to club legend Tony Cottee, The Village - ideally situated on Spain's Costa del Sol - is the perfect opportunity for fans looking to buy a home abroad. He said: "The Village is a remarkable development and offers everything you could want from a holiday home or investment - world-class apartments, facilities and location - all at tremendous value and in a region that benefits from around 320 days of sunshine every year.
He added: "This is why West Ham is not only happy to recommend The Village to its supporters, but also to take the team itself out there for future training camps." Widely referred to as Europe's 'All-Star Village', thanks to an impressive list of celebrity buyers and the endorsement of 12 clubs including West Ham United, The Village is the fastest-selling and most eagerly anticipated property to hit the southern coast of Spain in years.
Under construction near the picturesque town of Estepona, a stone's throw away from the bright lights and glamour of celebrity hot spots Marbella and Puerto Banus, it is set to become Europe's premier golf, health and leisure destination when the gates to this private community development open in 2009.
As part of the exclusive Valle Romano development, homeowners at The Village will have a host of first-class facilities on their doorstep, including 36 holes of championship-standard golf, two luxuriously-appointed spas, a state-of-the-art fully-equipped sports complex, superb dining options and much more besides, all just minutes from some of the finest beaches in Europe.
The Village in pictures