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West Ham duo dream of winning Europa Conference League in their old stadium as draw looms

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West Ham duo dream of winning Europa Conference League in their old stadium as draw looms

West Ham duo Vladimir Coufal and Tomas Soucek dream of winning the Europa Conference League in their old stadium as the draw looms.

Last season’s amazing journey to the Europa League semi-finals has made West Ham fans and players hungry for more.

Back-to-back European campaigns beckon for David Moyes’ side.

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But first West Ham face a two-legged qualifier next month in order to make the Conference League group stage proper – the draw for which will be made on Tuesday.

Should West Ham manage to come through that – without the suspended Declan Rice for both legs and Moyes for the first – then, as in the Europa League last term, there will be six group games.

The difference this season is that they will be squeezed in before the November 12th World Cup break.

It may be a touch simplistic but given West Ham made the semi-finals of the Europa League, there is hope and expectation that Moyes’ side can go one better in an inferior competition.

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And for Hammers stars Coufal and Soucek in particular that would be perfect given where the final is being held – Slavia Prague’s ground.

Coufal says the Czech West Ham duo dream of winning the Europa Conference League in their old stadium as the draw looms.

“Yes (it’s a dream), I swear it’s the big goal for this season to reach the Conference League final,” Coufal told whufc.com.

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“For me and also for Tomas it would be something special and I would like to take all the guys to Prague, to Slavia Prague stadium.

“I swear if we won the Conference League at Prague it would be great.”

A top tourist spot famous for quality beer, it would be a dream trip for West Ham fans too.

But Coufal added with a smile that he would opt for the “non-alcoholic” option!

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The 2022/23 UEFA Europa Conference League final will take place at Prague’s small 21k capacity Eden Arena on 7 June 2023.

Making the group stages proper would mean West Ham will play just one Saturday 3pm kick-off between before New Year’s Eve – and even they are subject to change.

But it would all be worth it if the Hammers can make the final.

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