Stiliyan Petrov

Read all the news about Celtic hero Stiliyan Petrov. Stiliyan Petrov was born in Montana, Bulgaria on 5 July 1979 (age 39).

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Petrov was signed in the summer of 1999 by John Barnes for a fee of £2.8 million. The teenager featured prominently in a season where he won the League Cup with Celtic, his second major honour and the first of many with Celtic. Despite the happy end to the season Petrov had a very hard time starting with the club. He was homesick and lonely at the start, and could not speak English. This was made worse by the manager playing him out of position at right back. Eventually, he improved his English by working in a friend’s burger van. This hard work and determination to fit in showed in his performances for the club.

After a good first season with Celtic he enjoyed a brilliant second season under Martin O’Neill’s treble winning side, becoming a regular scorer netting 7 league goals in 28 appearances, one of which was in Celtic’s 6–2 victory over Rangers. He also became the first foreign player to win the SPFA Young Player of the Year award.

The 2001–02 season was the year when he really came into form at Celtic becoming the dynamic, hardworking box to box midfielder that Celtic badly needed and deservedly won his second SPL medal.

In his fourth season with Celtic, Petrov continued his fine form and was being linked to some of the top clubs in Europe but after protracted contract talks he eventually agreed a new deal with Celtic. This was his highest ever goalscoring season, netting 14 in 50 appearances. He also got to the only European final of his career getting a runner’s up medal in the Uefa Cup despite not winning anything else.

In his next two seasons for Celtic he continued to be an essential player making 105 appearances and scoring 19 goals. He won the Scottish Cup twice in this time along with his third SPL medal, the 2004–05 season proved to be Martin O’Neill’s last at Celtic although Stiliyan Petrov would later join him at Aston Villa. The 04/05 season was also a good year for Petrov personally as he became the third player to win the Celtic Player of The Year award.

The 2005–06 season was a time of great change for Celtic. Martin O’Neill the club’s most successful manager in 20 years left and new manager Gordon Strachan came in. Things started badly for Celtic as they lost 5–0 to Slovakian minnows Artmedia Bratislava in Strachan’s first match. Celtic then managed to throw away a 3–1 lead over Motherwell to draw Strachan’s first league match 4–4, although Petrov later helped Celtic exact revenge over the Fir Park side by scoring his first hat-trick in a 5–0 demolition in October that year. Celtic overcame their bad start to the campaign to win the SPL and League Cup double.

The 2005–06 season proved to be his last at Celtic as he re-united with former manager Martin O’Neill at Aston Villa for a fee of £6.5 million rising to £8 million after clauses. This was after a long transfer saga in which Stiliyan Petrov was linked to almost every mid-table side in England. He only made 3 appearances for Celtic before leaving in the summer transfer window.

In all, Petrov made 312 appearances for Celtic over seven years, scoring 55 goals. He won the SPL four times and also won both the Scottish and Scottish League Cup 3 times each. He was the tenth most prolific goalscorer in the SPL (55 goals) when he left Celtic.

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Cancer charity partners so grateful for Paradise support

CELTIC FC Foundation and the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation have confirmed two cancer charity partners that they will work with to make a positive difference to patients and their families following ‘A Match for Cancer’...

Celtic FC · 15h

Cancer charity partners so grateful for Paradise support

CELTIC FC Foundation and the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation have confirmed two cancer charity partners that they will work with to make a positive difference to patients and their families following ‘A Match for Cancer’...

Celtic FC · 15h

Friends reunited for ‘A Match For Cancer’ at Celtic Park

STILIYAN Petrov and James Milner got together at Paradise today to promote ‘A Match For Cancer’, the fantastic fundraising match which will take place at Celtic Park next month...

Daily Record · Aug 17

Stiliyan Petrov slams Dedryck Boyata as he reveals he signed new contract to make Celtic money

The Celtic legend revealed he was in the same situation as Boyata but wanted to make the Hoops money so signed an extended contract...

Daily Record · Aug 17
The Scotsman · Aug 17

Ex-Celtic star: Dedryck Boyata must go after letting down team-mates

Celtic legend Stiliyan Petrov has told Belgium defender Dedryck Boyata that his refusal to travel to Greece for Wednesday’s Champions League qualifying tie against AEK Athens means there is no way back for him with the manager or his team-mates...

The Scotsman · Aug 17
Sky Sports · Aug 17

‘Boyata situation cost Celtic’

Stiliyan Petrov believes Dedryck Boyata’s Celtic career is over after his Champions League no-show...

Sky Sports · Aug 17
Evening Times · Aug 16

Stiliyan Petrov: Dedryck Boyata has lost trust of Celtic team-mates, so it’s time to go

STILIYAN Petrov feels there is no way back for Dedryck Boyata at Parkhead after the centre-half declared himself unavailable for the crucial Champions League qualifier against AEK Athens this week and letting down his team mates...

Evening Times · Aug 16
Daily Star · Aug 16

Celtic transfer news: Stiliyan Petrov makes worrying claim about Dedryck Boyata

CELTIC hero Stiliyan Petrov believes it would be “very difficult” for Dedryck Boyata to return to the Hoops dressing room if he refused to play against AEK Athens...

Daily Star · Aug 16
Celtic TV · Aug 16

Celtic FC – #AMatchForCancer

Celtic TV caught up with Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner after the Liverpool player named his squad for Celtic FC Foundation’s #AMatchForCancer...

Celtic TV · Aug 16
The Sun · Aug 16

James Milner names squad as he announces ‘match for cancer’ in honour of former team-mate Petrov

JAMES MILNER has named his squad for ‘A Match For Cancer’ against former team-mate Stiliyan Petrov’s side at Celtic Park.

The Sun · Aug 16

Petrov: Very difficult for Boyata to return to Celtic team if he refused to play

Stiliyan Petrov believes it would be “very difficult” for Dedryck Boyata to return to the Celtic dressing room if he refused to play against AEK Athens on Tuesday night...

Stiliyan Petrov looks ahead to ‘A Match for Cancer’

IT is more than a song, more than a roared lyric. The message of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is more significant than merely hailing the advent of the meeting of a Celtic and a Liverpool legend on the turf of Celtic Park...

Celtic FC · Jul 6

Stiliyan Petrov looks ahead to ‘A Match for Cancer’

IT is more than a song, more than a roared lyric. The message of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’ is more significant than merely hailing the advent of the meeting of a Celtic and a Liverpool legend on the turf of Celtic Park...

Celtic FC · Jul 6
Celtic TV · Jun 14

Celtic FC – A Match For Cancer

CELTIC FC Foundation are delighted to confirm that tickets are now on sale to season ticket holders first for ‘A Match for Cancer’, this year’s charity game, which will take place at Celtic Park on Saturday, September 8, 2018 (KO: 2pm).

Celtic TV · Jun 14

James Milner announces his squad for ‘A Match For Cancer’

JAMES Milner has announced his squad for ‘A Match For Cancer’, the charity game at Paradise on Saturday, September 8 (KO:2pm), to take on Stiliyan Petrov’s team...

Celtic FC · Aug 16

James Milner announces his squad for ‘A Match For Cancer’

JAMES Milner has announced his squad for ‘A Match For Cancer’, the charity game at Paradise on Saturday, September 8 (KO:2pm), to take on Stiliyan Petrov’s team...

Celtic FC · Aug 16

Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown join Stiliyan to tackle cancer

STILIYAN Petrov was ecstatic at receiving calls from both Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown at the weekend, confirming their participation in this year’s charity match...

Celtic FC · Aug 6

Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown join Stiliyan to tackle cancer

STILIYAN Petrov was ecstatic at receiving calls from both Brendan Rodgers and Scott Brown at the weekend, confirming their participation in this year’s charity match...

Celtic FC · Aug 6

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AS we look ahead to the seven-in-row champions’ opening league match of the new SPFL season this Saturday, Flag Day will see the welcome return of a true fans’ favourite, Stiliyan Petrov, as the former Hoops midfielder will grace the Paradise pitch at half-time to speak of his upcoming charity match...

Celtic FC · Aug 2

Stiliyan Petrov to make half-time appearance on Flag Day

AS we look ahead to the seven-in-row champions’ opening league match of the new SPFL season this Saturday, Flag Day will see the welcome return of a true fans’ favourite, Stiliyan Petrov, as the former Hoops midfielder will grace the Paradise pitch at half-time to speak of his upcoming charity match...

Celtic FC · Aug 2

Paddy Mccourt’s Celtic Return

FORMER fans’ favourite Paddy McCourt will return to Celtic as the club prepares to host ‘A Match for Cancer’ on September 8...

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