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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Daily Record · Dec 6

Celtic announce Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner’s ‘A Match for Cancer’ raises incredible total

The September Parkhead charity match brought in a massive total for good causes as the Hoops heroes side battled a Liverpool legends team...

Daily Record · Dec 6
Daily Record · Nov 3

I hit Celtic hero Bobo Balde so hard but he didn’t move – Chris Sutton recalls how he saved Stiliyan Petrov

The legendary Hoops star talks to Keith Jackson about his Chelsea mistake and the winning mentality forged under Martin O’Neill...

Daily Record · Nov 3
Daily Mirror · Oct 24

Leukaemia survivor Stiliyan Petrov explains why Roman Reigns can beat disease and highlights WWE fans’ key role

EXCLUSIVE: Former Aston Villa and Celtic midfielder Petrov is in remission after being diagnosed with leukaemia six years ago...

Daily Mirror · Oct 24
Celtic TV · Sep 25

Celtic FC – ICONS: Stiliyan Petrov

In #CelticTV’s first of ICONS series Gerry McCulloch is joined by Stiliyan Petrov who looks back on a life and career that took him to his two favourite boyhood clubs and presented him with challenges he never thought he’d have to face...

Celtic TV · Sep 25
ESPN · Sep 13

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp turns stand-up comedian at Celtic match

Liverpool travelled to play Celtic to play a joint charity match on Saturday to help raise money for both the James Milner Foundation and the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation...

ESPN · Sep 13

Mjallby Aims for Return

FORMER Celtic defender and assistant boss Johan Mjallby is aiming for a return to club management.

Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor tells Celtic to come and get him

If Saturday afternoon was a nostalgic look largely at what used to be – Henrik Larsson, Joos Valgaeren, John Mjallby, Stiliyan Petrov and Jackie McNamara all offering a vision of what was once de rigour at Celtic Park – there might have been something a little more tangible to come out of what was an entertaining kick-about all in the name of charity...

Evening Times · Sep 9

Former Villa striker Gabby Agbonlahor tells Celtic to come and get him

If Saturday afternoon was a nostalgic look largely at what used to be – Henrik Larsson, Joos Valgaeren, John Mjallby, Stiliyan Petrov and Jackie McNamara all offering a vision of what was once de rigour at Celtic Park – there might have been something a little more tangible to come out of what was an entertaining kick-about all in the name of charity...

Evening Times · Sep 9

Legend Larsson Apologises to Mates

CELTIC legend Henrik Larsson APOLOGISED to his team-mates for failing to score in Match For Cancer charity game at Parkhead yesterday.

Daily Record · Sep 9

Stiliyan Petrov reveals what Celtic icon Henrik Larsson told him after missed chances in charity match

‘A Match for Cancer’ pitted Celtic and Liverpool against each other and the Swede was frustrated with his missed chances...

Daily Record · Sep 9

Player seem to consent to Celtic fans plead to join them

Teams captained by Leukemia survivor Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner went to head to head at Parkhead on Sunday.

The Sun · Sep 8

Jurgen Klopp and Brendan Rodgers share honours in James Milner and Stiliyan Petrov’s ‘Match for Cancer’

JURGEN KLOPP and Brendan Rodgers shared the honours as Liverpool and Celtic played out a thrilling 3-3 draw at Parkhead.

The Sun · Sep 8
The Scotsman · Sep 8

Celtic’s ‘A Match for Cancer’ serves up six-goal draw

Teams chosen by Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner played out an entertaining 3-3 draw at Parkhead, with proceeds from the day shared equally between the Celtic Foundation, the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation and the James Milner Foundation...

The Scotsman · Sep 8
Glasgow Live · Sep 8

All the best photos from Stiliyan Petrov’s charity Match for Cancer at Celtic Park

More than 20,000 fans attended the match at Parkhead, which featured big names including James Milner, Jackie McNamara, Jamie Redknapp, Simon Donnelly, John Terry, Martin Compston and Jermain Defoe...

Glasgow Live · Sep 8
Talking Baws · Sep 8

Video: Jamie Redknapp Says ‘You Can’t Beat Playing at Celtic Park’

Jamie Redknapp says ‘you can’t beat playing at Celtic Park’ after appearing in A Match For Cancer this afternoon.

Talking Baws · Sep 8
Daily Mail · Sep 8

Celtic 3-3 Liverpool: Honours even in thrilling charity contest

JOHN MCGARRY AT CELTIC PARK: A Match for Cancer, the brainchild of Stiliyan Petrov and James Milner, was a reminder of the game’s capacity to shine light in dark places...

Daily Mail · Sep 8
Talking Baws · Sep 8

Video: Henrik Larsson Sets Up Gabby Agbonlahor For A Match For Cancer Goal

Henrik Larsson is back at Celtic Park – and he might not be scoring goals, but he’s setting them up at least...

Talking Baws · Sep 8

‘Far away, not close! Rangers reality check for Gerrard,’ Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov looked back to last weekend at Celtic Park and forward to today’s rather more important match, when Celtic supporters get together to see some legends return – this time for a kind of competitive match against Liverpool/ Villa legends selected by James Milner and managed by Jurgen Klopp...

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