A trio of Bolton Wanderers fans are about to make a 7,000 mile trip to England to watch their beloved team play at Wembley.
Matías Foti, Nicolas Álvarez, and Federico Di Rocco – three football fans from Argentina, who are about to embark on an incredible journey to see their beloved Bolton Wanderers play at Wembley Stadium in London.
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Matías Foti, Nicolas Álvarez and Federico Di Rocco will fly from Argentina to watch Sunday's Papa Johns Trophy final at Wembley.@BWFC_Latam
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Matías Foti, who is 25 years old, has been supporting Bolton Wanderers ever since he played the FIFA video game as a teenager.
Despite the team’s slide from the Premier League to the third tier in recent years, Matías and his friends Nicolas Álvarez and Federico Di Rocco, who are also Bolton fans, have remained loyal to their team.
He said: “I was playing the FIFA video game with Nico. We chose a randomly selected team – and that team was Bolton. We only knew that Bolton was in the Premier League, but nothing more than that. So we started to search for more information and we fell in love with the club.”
He added: “We started to follow them at possibly the worst moment in the history of the club. But we still kept supporting them because our love is bigger than everything.”
Their love for Bolton is so strong that they have decided to travel over 7,000 miles from their home city of Buenos Aires to London, just to watch their favourite team play at Wembley Stadium.
It will be their first time outside Argentina, and they are excited about the opportunity to visit the UK and finally see their team play live.
In addition to watching Bolton play Plymouth Argyle in the Papa Johns Trophy final, the trio will also be attending two other matches.
They will watch Bolton play Exeter City on Good Friday and Cambridge United at home on Easter Monday. They are also planning to tour the University of Bolton Stadium and meet fellow fans.
Matías Foti has even set up a Spanish-speaking Bolton supporters club, with members from ten different South American countries.
It just goes to show that the love for football knows no boundaries and can bring people from different parts of the world together.