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Bolton Wanderers Olympians XI

Olympics Day 5 - Men's Football - Great Britain v Uruguay Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images

The greatest show on Earth is underway in Rio in Brazil and to celebrate this fact what better than to create a Bolton team from those who appeared at the Olympics in days gone by? So here we go!

GK: Ali Al Habsi

This one is cheating a little as some of you may well know that Oman have never reached a major tournament. But they were only a playoff against Senegal away from reaching the London Olympics in 2012 and the former Bolton Wanderers keeper signalled his wish to be a part of the squad.

LB: Quinton Fortune

Fortune took part at the 2000 Olympics for South Africa. They bowed out in the group stages of the tournament winning one and losing the other two.

CB: Craig Dawson

Dawson is the first if three members of the Team GB side who went to the 2012 Olympics in this team. He made two substitute appearances, one against Uruguay and the other against South Korea when he scored a penalty in the shootout.

RB: Vincent Candela

Candela represented France at the 1996 Olympics in Atlanta. They qualified by finishing third at the 1996 Under-21 Euros and topped their group with 7 points. But they bowed out to Portugal in the first knock out round.

CM: Jay Jay Okocha

Okocha was at the same Olympics as Candela with the Nigerian team who won the gold medal. They shared a group with a Brazil side boasting Ronaldo, Juninho and Rivaldo and finished second behind the Brazilians. But they got their revenge in the semi-finals winning a 7 goal thriller before beating Argentina 3-2 in the final.

CM: Per Frandsen

Frandsen represented Denmark at the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcalona. He took part in all three of Denmark’s games as they finished bottom of their group.

CM: Hidetoshi Nakata

Nakata took part at two Olympic Games in 1996 in Atlanta and in 2000 in Sydney. In 1996 Japan were in the same group as Okocha’s Nigeria and even managed to upset Brazil but bowed out on goal difference. In the 2000 games Japan once again shared a group with Brazil and finished runners up before getting knocked out by the USA in the next round.

CM: Stuart Holden

Holden turned out for the Americans at the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing. He scored the only goal in an opening game victory against the Japanese but that was their only win as they were knocked out in the group and were not able to match the women’s teams gold medal exploits.

CF: Marvin Sordell

Sordell of course had a torrid time at Bolton and hardly made an appearance as the club dropped out of the top flight in 2012. But that did not stop the youngster getting a call to be part of Great Britain’s squad for the London Olympics. He made a couple of appearances, most notably hitting the cross bar but was not part of the team when they eventually got knocked out.

CF: Rodrigo Moreno

Moreno was part of the Spanish team which took part at the 2012 Olympics. He appeared in two games but the Spanish side was not able to get past the group stages.

CF: Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge was also a part of the London 2012 Olympics. He scored against both the United Arab Emirates and Uruguay as Team GB topped the group. But against South Korea he missed the all-important fifth penalty like any good Englishman.


RW: Lee Chung-Yong

Having found that Lee took part at the 2008 Olympics it would feel rude not to include him even though he didn’t fit into the XI. He was named as South Korea’s most anticipated player in the run up to the games. A win, a draw and a loss was not enough though for them to get out of the group.