West Ham give fans reason for optimism this season

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West Ham United have a stimulating approaching season, with their Europa League qualification campaign already underway.

Not since the infamous arrival of Tevez and Mascherano to the Boleyn, in 2006 (albeit in dubious circumstances), has there existed such a buzz surrounding the launch of the season.

The European campaign attains further sweetness, with West Ham potentially hosting dazzling group-games and knockout fixtures in concluding season of the Boleyn’s historic and memorable 111-year tenure.

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Having already defeated Andorran side, FC Lusitans in the first round, The Hammers take a slender one-goal advantage to Maltese opposition Birkirkara FC. They do remain on course for qualification.

Moreover, inexpensive tickets have been issued and this has resulted in sell-out crowds and this affordable ticket-scheme has increased the family-atmosphere in and around the club, whilst also increasing the Boleyn Ground's legacy.

In addition to this, new boss and fan-favourite Slaven Bilic, has begun his regime with a host of new signings. Fans are excited with an apparent upgraded transfer policy adopted by the club’s board.

Champions League finalist and Italy international Angelo Ogbonna will bolster defence and the acquisition of Dimitri Payet has stated the club's intent to achieve well in all competitions they contest this upcoming season.

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Finally, the club’s eminent youth set-up is also yielding a new crop of home-grown talent. Defensive duo Reece Burke and Reece Oxford, 18 and 16 respectively, are two names being tipped for bright futures for both club and country.

Add recent acquisitions to the mix, Norwegian youngster Martin Samuelson and the highly-rated Uruguayan Diego Poyet, it seems West Ham are beginning to build and hone a squad balanced enough to aid developing players and also contend domestically as well as on the European stage.

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