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Stiliyan Petrov
Stiliyan Petrov
Personal information
Full name Stiliyan Alyoshev Petrov
Date of birth 5 July 1979 (1979-07-05) (age 41)
Place of birth    Montana, Flag of Bulgaria Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Youth clubs
00000000 Montana
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
1996–1999
1999–2006
2006–2013
CSKA Sofia
Celtic
Aston Villa
043 0(6)
228 (55)
186 0(9)   
National team
1998–2012 Bulgaria 0106 0(8)

Stiliyan Alyoshev Petrov (sometimes transliterated 'Stilian') (Bulgarian: Стилиян Альошев Петров) (born 5 July 1979) is a Bulgarian footballer who captains Aston Villa in the Premier League and the Bulgarian national team. He won the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award in 2003 when he was playing for Celtic. Petrov had become known for his solid performances in midfield for both Celtic and Aston Villa and also for Bulgaria. He captained the national team at Euro 2004 where he was sent off during a match against Denmark. He has appeared over a hundred times for his country.

In 2005, Petrov wrote his autobiography with the assistance of Sunday Mail sports journalist Mark Guidi entitled You Can Call Me Stan, in reference to his nickname "Stan", a shortened form of his given name. In the book, he describes how "Stiliyan" is the correct spelling, rather than "Stilian", as it is sometimes spelled in the press.

In 2003, Stiliyan Petrov was chosen as Bulgarian Footballer of the Year. He placed second in 2000, 2001, 2005 and 2009, and third in 2002 and 2006.

External links

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Bulgaria national football team

Template:Bulgaria squad (UEFA Euro 2004)

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