West Ham qualify for Europa League

West Ham United have qualified for next season's Europa League

West Ham qualify for Europa League
West Ham United have qualified for next season's Europa League after Manchester United's 2-1 win over Crystal Palace | Photo: whufc.com

European football will be making it's debut at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park next term, as West Ham United have qualified for next season's Europa League competition.

European escapades

‚ÄčThe Hammers have had a excellent season under Slaven Bilic ,but any opportunity of European football next season was hanging in the balance after their 2-1 defeat to Stoke City on the final day of the Premier League season.

They had to rely on Manchester United to secure their first FA Cup title in 12 years - with victory over Crystal Palace on Saturday coming via an extra-time volley from Jesse Lingard - meaning the Hammers would compete in Europe for a second successive season.

The Hammers will join the qualifying process at it's third stage, with their first-leg been played on July 28 which will be followed by the second-leg on August 4.

Payet and Noble celebrate. | Image source: Getty Images
Payet and Noble celebrate. | Image source: Getty Images

Well deserved

‚ÄčIt has been a record-breaking campaign for Bilic's side in their final season at the Boleyn Ground, finishing seventh with a record 62 points, and co-chairman David Gold and Sullivan welcomed their side's qualification for next season's competition.

They told whufc.com that the place in Europe is a "just reward" for a "season full of excellent performances" and look to starting a "exciting new era" in one of the continent's elite cup competitions.

Can go all the way

Preparations have already been made for next season with Havard Nordtveit making the move and, with more to come, Gold believes that the side is well equipped to challenge for the Europa League crown.

Gold said that this will be "another exciting challenge" for the side and Liverpool showed that it is "possible to go all the way" Should take the "competition seriously", he feels that the Hammers are "good enough to win it".