Where is Stiliyan Petrov now?
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov’s Premier League career was cruelly cut short at the age of 32 after he was diagnosed with acute leukaemia in March 2012.
Always a consistent performer on the pitch, Petrov appeared for the Bulgarian national team over 100 times during his career as well as clocking up over 450 club appearances.
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He officially retired from playing in May 2013 and was immediately given a coaching role at the club assisting the club’s development coach, Gordan Cowans.
In 2014, and during the end of his treatment Stiliyan Petrov was back in football playing for West Midlands Sunday league side Wychall Wanderers over 35’s.
Petrov won the cup with his team only days after being cleared of leukaemia.
In 2013 Petrov set up the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation with the purpose to revolutionise the way leukaemia and cancer are treated. The foundation seeks to develop a safer, more practical and effective process for treatment, relapses and prevention of these illnesses.
In June 2016, Petrov was back at Aston Villa for a month on a non-contract basis whilst attempting to make a professional comeback four years after recovering from cancer.
Unfortunately the move to make a comeback didn’t go as planned and Villa decided against offering him a contract for the new season forcing Petrov into retirement once more.
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Stiliyan Petrov: Premier League Statistics
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Statistics courtesy of www.premierleague.com