Best Bolton Wanderers foreign players
FootyOn remember the best Bolton Wanderers foreign players as ex-Brazil forward Julio Baptista nears a free transfer to the Trotters.
Back when both Bolton’s shirts and stadium were sponsored by Reebok during the Sam Allardyce era, they pulled off some amazing signings.
The Trotters have fallen on hard times since, dropping as far as League One but Phil Parkinson has steadied the ship and brought them back into the Championship for this term.
Although Wanderers are 4/5 favourites with betway for relegation, they have defied the odds before.
Parkinson is taking a page out of Big Sam’s book and signing a big name from abroad at the tail end of his career in Baptista.
A two-time Copa America and Confederations Cup winner with his country, Baptista also won La Liga when at Real Madrid and also played for Arsenal.
His impending arrival at the Trotters got us thinking about the best Bolton Wanderers foreign players. Do you remember these six superstar signings?
It was quite a coup for Allardyce in 2002 when he landed 1998 World Cup and Euro 2000 winning winger Djorkaeff.
The France wideman had already been successful abroad when leaving PSG after Euro 96 for Inter Milan and later joining former Bundesliga champions Kaiserslautern in 1999.
Djorkaeff added a touch of class to Bolton, averaging just less than a goal every three games in his two-and-a-half seasons (2002-04).
Nigeria attacking midfielder Okocha left PSG for Wanderers on a free following the 2002 World Cup where he captained his country.
A notable goal of the season against West Ham United helped inspire the Trotters to stave off relegation in his debut campaign.
Okocha was hampered by injuries under Allardyce and left Bolton in the summer of 2006, though dazzled for the Super Eagles at the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations when winning the Golden Boot and Player of the Tournament.
Shaggy-haired and versatile Spaniard Campo is one of two modern era Real Madrid defensive greats to have played for Wanderers.
We’ve picked the former in this list because of his long service to the Trotters (2002-08).
Although he didn’t get the same level of international recognition as Fernando Hierro, Campo still won two Champions League crowns with Los Blancos before joining Bolton initially on loan in 2002.
Campo is best remembered for his long-range drive against Tottenham in August 2006.
Signing for Wanderers the summer before Greece’s against-all-odds Euro 2004 win, winger Stelios took over Djorkaeff’s mantle.
A winning goal against Arsenal in an FA Cup tie in January 2006 was one of his career highlights at Bolton.
That season (2005/06) he managed a dozen goals – Stelios’ best haul outside his homeland.
El Hadji Diouf
While Senegal forward Diouf has proven a Marmite figure with football fans in general for his antics, he was beloved at Bolton.
Another African Footballer of the Year to turn out for Wanderers, he struggled at Liverpool after impressing at the 2002 World Cup.
Bolton and Big Sam were only too happy to take Diouf on loan at first, and he made over 100 Premier League appearances for them (2004-08).
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