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Stiliyan Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov
Petrov playing for Aston Villa
Personal information
Full nameStiliyan Alyoshev Petrov
Date of birth5 July 1979(age 37)
Place of birthMontana, Bulgaria
Height1.80 m
Playing positionMidfielder
Club information
Current clubAston Villa

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Stiliyan Alyoshev Petrov (sometimes transliterated 'Stilian') ( ) (born 5 July 1979 in Montana, Bulgaria) 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.

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