Stiliyan Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov
Date of Birth:
5' 11" (180cm)
12st 2lbs (77.0kg)
Previous Clubs:
Celtic, CSKA Sofia


Stan Petrov retired but immediately was appointed assistant development coach, working alongside fellow legend Gordon Cowans.

Petrov delighted the claret and blue faithful by sending his leukaemia into remission.


Stan Petrov was boosted in August 2012 by the news his acute leukaemia was in remission.

The whole football world was shocked when his original diagnosis was made in March 2012.

But the way everyone rallied around him was sublime and showed the very human side of the game.

The 19th minute Petrov applause - where fans of both sides clap for one minute in accordance with the midfielder's squad number - has been brilliantly observed.

And the Support Stan Twitter campaign - with hashtags heralding Petrov appearing on multiple tweets - has also been heart-warming.

Petrov may not be participating in the 2012-13 campaign but his presence will certainly be felt.

He is fully expected to make visits to the Bodymoor Heath training complex and he remains club captain for the term.

Ironically the season he was diagnosed proved to be one of his most successful in claret and blue.

Powerful and influential in the middle ground, Petrov drove the team on week after week and he also scored his fair share of goals.

He started his career at Villa as an anchor man - protecting the defence - in the central ground.

But the 2011-12 saw him handed more licence to thrill, as he did every week at Celtic - and Villa reaped the rewards.

His crackers at Everton and Sunderland were the highlights as he bagged four during the campaign.

His most successful season to date, however, was the 2008-09 campaign.

After a tough initial start to his claret and blue career, he came roaring back to win the Player and Supporter Player of the Year awards.

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