Stiliyan Petrov left Celtic in August 2006 after seven years with the club to join Aston Villa in a GBP8 million transfer. During his time at Parkhead, Petrov established himself as one of the finest attacking midfielders in Europe, prompting Villa to splash out the huge fee. However, during troubled times in his early days in Glasgow, the Bulgarian skipper almost quit the game. Now, one of football's most talented players tells his life story so far in this revealing autobiography, co-written with acclaimed football journalist Mark Guidi. Petrov opens his heart on his spartan upbringing in his homeland, describes his horrific leg break in 2001 that threatened to end his career, illuminates the 2003 UEFA Cup final run to Seville and gives a dramatic account of life inside the Hoops dressing-room under John Barnes, Gordon Strachan and the manager who saved his career, Martin O'Neill. For the first time, Petrov also lifts the lid on the heartache and depression behind his protracted move out of Celtic to link up again with O'Neill and reveals his hopes and ambitions for the future with Aston Villa in the Premierhsip.
Stiliyan Petrov was born in Bulgaria in 1979 and made his international debut in 1999, the year in which he signed for Celtic Football Club. He married in 2001 and lives in Glasgow with his wife and son. Mark Guidi is the chief football writer at the Sunday Mail. He has been with Scotland's biggest-selling newspaper since 1995.