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Memories of Julio Baptista in England

Baptista is a player many of us will recall from his days at Arsenal, here is a look at the man linked with Bolton from his days at North London’s second team. 

Fluminense v Cruzeiro - Brasileirao Series A 2014
Julio Baptista scoring for Cruzeiro against Fluminense
Photo by Buda Mendes/Getty Images

Julio Baptista is an odd one. I always remember him being a little bit useless as an Arsenal player. But clearly he wasn’t all bad.

I mean clearly Arsenal didn’t get the best player to leave Real Madrid around that time because we landed Fernando Hierro and Ivan Campo. But he did still play for one of the biggest and best clubs around, and the likes of Roma and Sevilla aren’t all that bad either.

It turns out that my memories of his time in England are not all that far out. A quick read shows that he did struggle at Arsenal. So it wasn’t just a young me hating everything Arsenal, which would have made a lot of sense.

What I don’t recall though is the minutiae of his time at the Europa League’s least relevant club.

Carling Cup Semi Final 1st Leg: Tottenham Hotspur v Arsenal
Baptista scores, I assume at the right end unless he got really confused
Photo by Shaun Botterill/Getty Images

It turns out that highlights include scoring a couple of goals against North London’s premier side Tottenham Hotspur in an League Cup semi final. I mean one was for Spurs. But still, very impressive, surly there cannot be many players who have scored for both teams in the same League Cup semi final, it really is a unique achievement I’m sure.

FA Cup 4th Round Replay: Bolton Wanderers v Arsenal
Baptista in action in an FA Cup Fourth Round tie against the Wanderers
Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Other highlights include missing a penalty against Premier League giants of the time Bolton Wanderers and some League One side called Portsmouth.

A genuine highlight would be scoring four goals against Liverpool in a 6-3 win in an earlier round of the League Cup. But I mean that was only Liverpool

His 10 goals in 35 games didn’t exactly set the world alight. Even the 11 when include the own goal for Spur’s doesn’t make it all that much better.

Having said that him getting a second stab at the English game at Bolton would be hilarious, so I’m all for it. If we are going to crash out of the Championship again, why not do it in style.