United set to face Euro stars

West Ham United may be welcoming three European champions to the Boleyn Ground on 9 August when Villarreal arrive for a prestigious pre-season friendly.

The Primera Division runners-up last season had a trio of players in action for Spain in their 1-0 victory against Germany in the European Championship final on Sunday night. Joan Capdevila, Marcos Senna and substitute Santi Cazorla all played their part in the Euro triumph, secured by Fernando Torres' superb solitary strike, and will no doubt be on a high when they return to club duties with Villarreal for the 2008/09 campaign. If selected to face Alan Curbishley's side, they will be up against a strong squad that may well be reinforced by some big-name returnees like Kieron Dyer and Craig Bellamy.

The Yellow Submarine, who will be in Champions League action next season, boast several other high-profile international names in their ranks - not least Turkey striker Nihat Kahveci, also a revelation in Switzerland and Austria but who will miss the trip to London through injury, and former Premier League performers Robert Pires and Jon Dahl Tomasson. Some new faces are also due including Brazilian international Edmilson and US prodigy Jozy Altidore. For ticket information click here and to read more about the game, which will be the only home fixture before the big Barclays Premier League kick-off against Wigan Athletic on 16 August, click here.