FK Austria Wien v West Ham United LIVE

07 Jul

Live updates from the Franz Horr Stadium as the Hammers start their pre-season schedule

FK Austria Wien v West Ham United
Pre-season match
Franz Horr Stadium
Saturday 7 July 2012
Kick-off: 4pm

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FK Austria Wien v West Ham United

2.10pm – We have the West Ham team! The starting XI is as follows, with James Tomkins as captain. The Hammers will start the second half with a different team, although some players will feature for the full 90 minutes.

West Ham United: Henderson, Spence, Tomkins, Reid, Potts, Taylor, Diame, Morrison, Lletget, Cole, Baldock

2.05pm – The President of FK Austria Wien is being interviewed by the home side’s version of Jeremy Nicholas – a blonde lady in a violet outfit as befits the PA announcer of The Violets! For an exclusive Facebook gallery from today’s game, click here.

Good afternoon and welcome to the Austrian capital Vienna for West Ham United’s opening pre-season fixture ahead of the 2012/13 Barclays Premier League campaign.

Today’s opponents are 23-times Austrian Bundesliga champions FK Austria Wien, a club with an illustrious history and who finished third in the top-flight last season.

The Hammers have been working hard for the past five days at their training camp in the village of Bad Waltersdorf, 80 miles south of Vienna.

However, they will face a stern test this afternoon as Austria Wien have been back in pre-season training themselves for ?? weeks and will open their Bundesliga campaign against ?? on ???. The test will be made tougher still by the weather conditions – sunshine and temperatures in excess of 80 degrees.

With manager Sam Allardyce back in England taking care of transfer business, assistant boss Neil McDonald will take charge at the 10,850-capacity Franz Horr Stadium.

McDonald will give most, if not all, members of the travelling party a run out. However, some of the more senior players are expected to play just 45 minutes to ease them back into action after their summer break.

Today’s fixture will give West Ham fans – both those living in central Europe and those who have travelled out from England for the game – a first glance at summer signings Jussi Jaaskelainen and Mohamed Diame, while Stephen Henderson and George McCartney are set to feature for the first time since making their loan moves permanent.

Austria Wien are one of Austria’s traditional big three clubs – the other two being cross-city rivals Rapid and SK Sturm Graz – and are considered to be the country’s most-successful side ever, with 23 league titles, 27 Austrian Cups and a UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final appearance to their name.

Formed in 1911, Die Vielchen – The Violets – enjoyed fantastic success in the 1960s and 1970s, winning eight league titles in eleven seasons between 1975 and 1986. In 1978, they reached the UEFA Cup Winners’ Cup final, only to be beaten 4-0 by Belgian side RSC Anderlecht, while in 1979 they got as far as the European Cup semi-finals.

After starting the 1990s with three consecutive league titles and winning two more in 2003 and 2006, Austria Wien have been overshadowed by the likes of Sturm Graz and Red Bull Salzburg in recent years.

However, under coach and former Austria midfielder Peter Stoger, the club has finished in the top three in each of the previous three seasons and the signs are there that Austria Wien could soon be tasting success once more.

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