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How is Ivan Campo getting on ever since leaving Bolton Wanderers?

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Of all the player from Bolton’s spell in the Premier League during the first decade of this century, few are likely to be as well rembered as Ivan Campo.

The Spaniard memorable afro hairstyle made him instantly recognisable, while his quality on the pitch made him a challenging defender for attackers to beat.

Joining Bolton on loan during the summer of 2002, Campo helped the Trotters narrowly avoid relegation from the Premier League by just two points.

Even so, Campo would make his move from Real Madrid permanent at the end of that campaign, and would go on to spend the next five years at Bolton, helping to make the club an established Premier League side, even qualifying for Europe on two separate occasions.

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In total, Campo would make 194 appearances in all competitions for Bolton, scoring 14 goals in that time.

However, the popular centre back’s time in the north west would come to an end following the conclusion of the 2007/08 season, when he was released by Bolton after his contract expired.

After leaving Bolton, Campo would remain in England, join Ipswich Town on a two-year deal in the summer of 2008.

However, the defender made just 17 league appearance as Ipswich finished ninth in the Championship during his first season with the club, leading to Campo being released from his contract a year early in the summer of 2009.

Campo then joined Cypriot second-tier side AEK Lanarca in December 2009, but after just a handful of appearances for the club, retired from the game the following June.

That is of course now over ten years ago, but it seems Campo hasn’t forgotten his Bolton connections, with the now 47-year-old looking set to return to the club for a charity match next month, to help raise funds for the mum of current Wanderers defender Gethin Jones, as she battles MND.


UCLan Sports Journalism graduate, been writing for Football League World since March 2019. I've previously worked for the likes of Blackburn Rovers and Opta, among others.

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