Since signing for Celtic in the summer of 1999 for o2 million, Stiliyan Petrov has established himself as one of the best footballers in Europe. He is now the Glasgow giant s longest-serving player and one of the fans favourites. Petrov is also a superstar in his homeland, where he is captain of the national team and regarded as Bulgaria s finest player since Hristo Stoichkov. Now, in You Can Call Me Stan, one of Celtic s most gifted players tells his life story so far. n his own words, Petrov revels his spartan upbringing in Bulgaria, retreads his first steps in domestic football and details the dramatic events that brought him to Celtic. The man his friends call Stan takes us inside the dressing-room of the Hoops and tells us what he really thinks of the managers he has worked under at Parkhead, including John Barnes, Gordon Strachan and Martin O Neill. Petrov reveals why he once almost walked out on Celtic and reflects upon the night he broke his leg in 2001 an incident which he feared would prematurely end his career. Instead, inspired by Celtic legend Henrik Larsson, he fought back to establish himself as one of Europe's finest talents.
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.