Former Brazil striker Julio Baptista played for Bolton Wanderers under-23 against QPR on Monday.
He has been training with Championship side Bolton’s development squad and started today’s game in London. The 35 year-old has played for Brazil 47 times. Experienced defender Clint Hill also played in the game for QPR.
Baptista started his career with his hometown club, São Paulo, and made 75 appearances in the years 2000-2003. He then moved to La Liga with Sevilla where he scored 38 goals in 63 games. This prolific form earned him a move to Real Madrid. He came on loan to the Premier League for Arsenal for the 2006/2007 season and scored 3 goals for the Gunners.
He left Real Madrid in 2008 to join Roma in Serie A. He spent 3 years for the Italian club before moving back to Spain, this time to the Costa Del Sol with Malaga. This was at the time when Malaga were heavily backed financially and signed players like Baptista, Jeremy Toulalon and Roque Santa Cruz. He left Malaga in 2013 after scoring 14 goals in 2 seasons that were affected by injuries.
Baptsita joined Brazilian club Cruzeiro in 2013 and spent 2 seasons there. He then joined the mass exodus of big name players to ply their trade in the MLS. He joined fellow Brazilian, Kaka, at Orlando City last season. After leaving the Orlando side, he is wanting to move to England and is showing no intention to hang up his boots yet. Bolton fans will be hoping that the former star can rekindle his career at a late age at the Macron Stadium.