Iceland Friendly Preview: Manchester City v West Ham United
For the first time ever, Iceland is to host a Premier League pre-season friendly at the Laugardalsvöllur Stadium in Reykjavík between Manchester City and West Ham United.
The match kicks off at 2pm (local), 3pm BST, Friday 4th August 2017 - UK viewers can tune in to watch the game, live on Eurosport 1, and via the Eurosport Player. Coverage gets underway from 2.50pm BST.
4 sierpnia w Reykjavíku mecz Manchester City - West Ham United. Na północnym łuku Laugardalsvöllur stanie dodatkowa trybuna. pic.twitter.com/It4zQYvsIK— Piotr Giedyk (@pilkarskais) June 14, 2017
Capacity - 14,800
3,500 (West stand)
6,300 (East stand)
2,000 (terracing) (North curve)
3,200 (terracing) (South curve)
Laugardalsvöllur is Iceland's premier national stadium. Built in 1958, it was one of the first stadiums to be constructed in the country. It is mainly used for football events, but also regularly houses athletic sporting events, with an eight man track running round the edge of the arena.
'We are very excited to announce that two top clubs from the Premier League are awaiting the Icelandic football fans this summer,' says Guðni Bergsson the President of the Fotball Association of Iceland.
'We are really looking forward to this exciting game against West Ham, and visiting the spectacular city of Reykjavík. Iceland is a beautiful country, and it is going to be a real pleasure for us to take our team out there to experience the scenery and culture, meet the people and entertain the fans.
'We know that English football is loved by the fans out there, and we've had a fantastic welcome when we've played there in the past. This match will be a fantastic occasion, and we'll be looking to put on a great show for our supporters.
'Manchester City and West Ham played out some brilliant matches last season and this game will be no different - it will be the culmination of our pre-season preparations, and will be hugely important for us to tune the team in readiness for the new season.'
'It is fantastic that we will make history by becoming the first Premier League clubs to face each other in Iceland, and we are really looking forward to visiting Iceland, where there is a very big West Ham following.
'Iceland captured the imagination of everyone with their fantastic performance at the European Championships last year and, although the country is small in population, they have a huge love for football. It is also the perfect fixture for City and ourselves, because we have great respect for each other and will both be looking for the same positives from the game, in terms of fitness and preparation for the start of the Premier League season a week later.'
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Come on CITY!