International date for Boleyn

West Ham United are delighted to announce that Italy and Ivory Coast will meet in a mouth-watering international friendly at the Boleyn Ground next month.

The four-times FIFA World Cup winners will take on the Elephants at 7.45pm on Tuesday 10 August, giving Hammers supporters the chance to watch the likes of Juventus goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon and AC Milan stars Andrea Pirlo and Gianluca Zambrotta tackle Chelsea striker Didier Drogba and Manchester City brothers Kolo and Yaya Toure.

Tickets for what promises to be an unforgettable night start from as little as £20 for Adults, £15 for West Ham United season ticket holders and Academy members, £10 for Young Adults and £5 for Under-16s.


Tickets are on general sale and are available by calling the Ticket Office on 0871 222 2700 (calls cost 10p per minute plus network extras) and selecting Option 1 or Option 3 or online at

Alternatively, personal callers can purchase their tickets from the West Stand Ticket Office at the Boleyn Ground, which is open 9am to 5pm, Monday to Friday, and 9am to 1pm on Saturdays.

Full ticket prices are as follows:



Adult ST & Mem

Young Adult

Under 16

West & East





STB & Bobby






Both nations will be seeking to bounce back to winning ways after enduring a difficult time at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where they combined to win just one of six matches between them.

Reigning champions Italy and hotly-tipped African challengers Ivory Coast were both eliminated at the group-stage in South Africa and will have new coaches in the dugout in east London.

The Azzurri have appointed ACF Fiorentina coach Cesare Prandelli following the departure of Marcelo Lippi, while the Elephants have yet to appoint a successor to former England manager Sven Goran Eriksson.

Ivory Coast

Italy and Ivory Coast have met just once before at senior international level, drawing 1-1 in Geneva on 16 November 2005. Drogba opening the scoring on 68 minutes before Aimo Diana equalised with just four minutes remaining.

Ironically, Eriksson was one of the managers involved on the only previous occasion on which the Boleyn Ground has staged a senior international fixture - England's 3-1 defeat by Australia in February 2003 in a match that marked Wayne Rooney's Three Lions debut.

The international friendly is the latest in a series of exciting sporting events to be held at the famous home of the Hammers. In May, West Ham supporter Kevin 'The Hammer' Mitchell was defeated by Australian Michael Katsidis in an explosive WBO interim lightweight boxing championship fight.