Three Bolton fans from Argentina ready to make a grueling 7000 mile journey for the EFL Trophy final

Bolton take on Plymouth Argyle in the Football League Trophy final at Wembley on Sunday and three Bolton-mad South American fans are making the trip.

Crazy Bolton (RL) fans Federico Di Rocco, Nicolás Álvarez and Matías Foti(Matías Foti / SWNS)

Three soccer fans will travel 7,000 miles from Argentina to watch their favorite team play at Wembley.

Matías Foti, 25, began supporting League One side Bolton Wanderers after playing a video game as a teenager. He has followed his fortunes ever since and when the club take on Plymouth Argyle in the EFL Trophy on Sunday, he will see them live for the first time.

Matías will fly from his hometown of Buenos Aires to London with his friends Nicolás Álvarez, 25, and Federico Di Rocco, 31, who also love Bolton. It will be the first time that any of them leaves Argentina.

Die-hard fans are ready to travel 7,000 miles to see Bolton(Matías Foti / SWNS)

Matías said: “We have no words to explain how we feel. This is a big dream for us, perhaps one of the best travel experiences of our lives. We’ve never been out of our country so this is our first time out and it’s the UK. Only our love for Bolton Wanderers can make us do it.”

Sports reporter Matías has created a Spanish-speaking Bolton supporters club, with members from ten different countries in South America. But he admitted it hadn’t been easy watching the club move from the Premier League to the third tier in recent years.

He said: “I was playing the FIFA video game with Nico. We picked a randomly selected team, and that team was Bolton. We only knew that Bolton were in the Premier League, but nothing more than that. So we started looking for more information and we fell in love with the club.”

Boys from the Bolton Latin America Affiliate Supporters Club(Matías Foti / SWNS)

And he added: “We started following them at possibly the worst moment in the club’s history. But we continue to support them because our love is bigger than everything.”

As well as watching the Papa Johns Trophy final, the trio will watch Bolton play at Exeter City on Good Friday and Cambridge United at home on Easter Monday. They also plan to tour the University of Bolton stadium and meet other fans.


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