Martin Petrov

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Martin Petrov
Мартин Петров
Martin Petrov August 2011.jpg
Pictured in 2011
Personal information
Full name Martin Petyov Petrov
Date of birth (1979-01-15) 15 January 1979 (age 35)
Place of birth Vratsa, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)[1]
Playing position Winger, Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Botev Vratsa 18 (4)
1996–1998 CSKA Sofia 25 (6)
1998–2001 Servette 77 (27)
2001–2005 VfL Wolfsburg 116 (28)
2005–2007 Atlético Madrid 49 (3)
2007–2010 Manchester City 59 (9)
2010–2013 Bolton Wanderers 73 (10)
2013 Espanyol 8 (0)
2013–2014 CSKA Sofia 17 (3)
Total 442 (90)
National team
1999–2011 Bulgaria 90 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 27 October 2011
This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Petyov and the family name is Petrov.

Martin Petyov Petrov (Bulgarian: Мартин Петьов Петров; born 15 January 1979) is a former Bulgarian footballer who played as a winger.

Club career[edit]

Petrov began his career for Botev Vratsa. After a few good seasons, he signed with CSKA Sofia and after two successful games against Servette in the UEFA Cup, the Swiss side bought the 19-year-old for 1.2 million German marks.[citation needed]

VfL Wolfsburg[edit]

In 2001 Petrov moved to VfL Wolfsburg, where he established himself as an explosive player. He made his competitive debut on 14 July 2001 in a 4–3 home win over Dinamo Minsk in the Intertoto Cup, scoring a goal and laying on an assist.[2] Petrov made his league debut for Wolfsburg on the opening day of the 2001–02 Fußball-Bundesliga season, in a 2–1 away loss against Bayer 04 Leverkusen on 28 July. In his first season at Wolfsburg, Petrov earned 32 appearances in the Bundesliga, scored 6 goals and provided 11 assists.

On 30 October 2004, Petrov scored all four goals in Wolfsburg's 4–3 win over Mainz 05.[3] He made 30 appearances during the 2004–05 season finishing as the club's top scorer with 12 goals. He also made 14 assists.

Atletico Madrid[edit]

In summer 2005, Petrov was bought by Atlético Madrid for a fee of €10 million.[4]

On 14 October 2006, Petrov suffered an anterior cruciate ligament injury during a game against Recreativo de Huelva and was sidelined for more than six months.[5] He made his comeback for Atlético from a serious knee injury on 28 April 2007, playing for 56 minutes in a 0–0 draw against Real Betis. On 6 May, Petrov netted Atlético's only goal in their 2–1 defeat at Espanyol.

On 24 July 2007, after constant press speculation about him leaving the club, it was reported that Atlético Madrid had placed a £6.2 million price on the player. Later that day, he left the Atlético Madrid training camp to think over his future with Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City reputedly interested in the player. On 25 July, reports in the Spanish press suggested that Petrov had already agreed terms and had medical tests with Manchester City and that only minor details needed completing before finalising a move to Eastlands. Manchester City confirmed the £4.7 million (€7 million) move on a three-year contract on 26 July 2007.[6]

Manchester City[edit]

His first Premier League game was on 11 August 2007 when he in Manchester City's 2–0 win over West Ham United at Upton Park. His first goals came on 22 September 2007 against Fulham. After that Petrov scored two goals, one in the 3–1 win over Newcastle United the other one in the 2–1 win over Reading and also notched up six assists. He was sent off by referee Rob Styles in the home loss to Everton, for kicking Leon Osman. The challenge earned him a straight red card which banned him for three games. The Bulgarian added to his tally with a goal against Portsmouth.

Following the influx of new players at Manchester City such as Carlos Tevez and Emmanuel Adebayor, Petrov was linked with a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium. He was often in and out of the first team. However, he scored goals in the first two games that he had started, prompting Hughes to start Petrov in place of Shaun Wright-Phillips at home against Fulham. Though he scored, he also aggravated the knee injury that had plagued him.[7] After the sacking of Mark Hughes and arrival of Roberto Mancini, he started both league games and scored in the 2–0 win over Stoke City on 26 December. He also publicly expressed his anger against Hughes as Petrov was frequently moved in and out of the starting 11.

On 18 April 2010, Petrov announced that his season was over and that he would miss the four remaining Premier League games due to a knee injury.[8]

On 8 June 2010, it was announced that Petrov's contract had expired and that he would be leaving the club, along with Benjani Mwaruwari, Karl Moore and Sylvinho.[9]

Bolton Wanderers[edit]

On 22 June 2010, it was announced that Petrov had agreed terms with Bolton Wanderers,[10] and the free transfer was completed when the transfer window opened on 1 July.[11] He scored his first goal for the club against Manchester United on 26 September 2010,[12] and finished the season with three goals. His 2nd season saw him score six goals, four in the League, one in the League Cup and one in the FA Cup as Bolton were relegated from the Premier League. At the end of the season, Petrov had played enough matches (needed 30 played 35) to activate a clause in his contract, extending his contract for another season.

Espanyol[edit]

Petrov signed for La Liga side RCD Espanyol for the remainder of the 2012–13 season on 14 January 2013.[13] He struggled to establish himself as part of the first team and left the club at the end of the season.

CSKA Sofia[edit]

After 15 years abroad Petrov made his return to CSKA Sofia in October 2013.[14] In January 1999, CSKA Sofia sold him to the Swiss club Servette, then he played for 5 more foreign clubs - VfL Wolfsburg, Atletico Madrid, Manchester City, Bolton Wanderers and Espanyol. On 31 October 2013, Petrov made his return debut for the "armymen" after coming on as a second half substitute in the 1-0 home win over Beroe in an A PFG match. He played for the first time as a starter on 16 November, in the 0-0 draw with Levski Sofia in a Bulgarian Cup game. His first goal came in the 3-1 away win over PFC Neftochimic Burgas on 25 November. Petrov participated in his last match as a professional footballer on 17 May 2014, in the 1:1 draw with Loko Plovdiv, which was part of the last round of the 2013/2014 A PFG.[15]

International career[edit]

Petrov playing for Bulgaria in 2010

In June 1999, he received his first call-up to the Bulgarian national team for a Euro 2000 qualifier against England. He came as a substitution at the place of his idol Hristo Stoichkov. However, it proved to be an inauspicious start to his international career; he was sent off for a second yellow card just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute. Petrov cried while he was leaving the pitch.[16]

Petrov was the key player in Bulgaria's unsuccessful Euro 2004 participation, excelling in all three games and scoring Bulgaria's only goal at the finals; a penalty against Italy in Bulgaria's 1–2 loss.

On 2 September 2006, Petrov played a crucial role in the Bulgarian national team's Euro 2008 opening qualifying game against Romania in Constanţa, nailing two goals in two minutes to equalize from 2–0 in the last minutes of the game. This was seen as a remarkable comeback. He also went on to score against Slovenia (in a 3–0 win) and the Netherlands (in a 1–1 draw). His performances in the 2006 qualifying campaign earned him the 2006 Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award. On 7 September 2010, Petrov earned his 80th cap for Bulgaria in the 0–1 home loss in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 18 May 2014

[17]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Bulgaria League Bulgarian Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Botev Vratsa V AFG 18 4 0 0 - - 0 0 18 4
1996–97 CSKA Sofia A Group 3 1 0 0 - - 0 0 3 1
1997–98 3 1 0 0 - - 0 0 3 1
1998–99 12 3 0 0 - - 6 1 18 4
Switzerland League Schweizer Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Servette Super League 14 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 14 3
1999–2000 31 9 0 0 0 0 2 0 33 9
2000–01 32 15 0 0 0 0 0 0 32 15
Germany League DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2001–02 Wolfsburg Bundesliga 32 6 3 1 0 0 0 0 35 7
2002–03 26 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 28 2
2003–04 28 8 1 2 0 0 0 0 29 10
2004–05 30 12 0 0 0 0 3 2 33 14
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2005–06 Atlético Madrid La Liga 36 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 38 1
2006–07 13 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 14 2
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Manchester City Premier League 34 5 3 0 1 0 0 0 38 5
2008–09 9 0 0 0 0 0 5 2 14 2
2009–10 16 4 3 1 1 0 0 0 20 5
2010–11 Bolton Wanderers Premier League 28 3 6 0 0 0 0 0 34 3
2011–12 31 4 3 1 1 1 0 0 35 6
2012–13 Championship 15 3 0 0 1 0 0 0 16 3
Spain League Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2012–13 Espanyol La Liga 8 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 8 0
Bulgaria League Bulgarian Cup Europe Total
2013–14 CSKA Sofia A Group 17 3 2 0 - - 0 0 19 3
Country Bulgaria 53 12 2 0 - - 6 1 61 13
Switzerland 77 27 - - - - 2 0 79 27
Germany 116 28 6 3 - - 3 2 125 33
Spain 57 3 2 0 - - 1 0 60 3
England 132 19 15 2 4 1 5 2 156 24
Total 435 89 25 5 4 1 17 5 481 100

[18]

Bulgaria national team
Year Apps Goals
1999 1 0
2000 10 1
2001 11 2
2002 7 0
2003 6 1
2004 10 2
2005 10 3
2006 7 4
2007 8 2
2008 5 1
2009 6 2
2010 4 0
2011 1 1
Total 86 19

International goals[edit]

Martin Petrov: International Goals
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 14 November 2000 Algiers, Algeria  Algeria 2–1 Win Friendly
2. 28 March 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria  Northern Ireland 4–3 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
3. 28 March 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria  Northern Ireland 4–3 Win FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
4. 6 September 2003 Sofia, Bulgaria  Estonia 2–0 Win UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification
5. 22 June 2004 Guimaraes, Portugal  Italy 0–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2004
6. 9 October 2004 Zagreb, Croatia  Croatia 2–2 Draw FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
7. 4 June 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Croatia 1–3 Loss FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
8. 17 August 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Turkey 3–1 Win Friendly
9. 7 September 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria  Iceland 3–2 Win FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
10. 2 September 2006 Constanţa, Romania  Romania 2–1 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
11. 2 September 2006 Constanţa, Romania  Romania 2–2 2–2 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
12. 6 September 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria  Slovenia 2–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
13. 7 October 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria  Netherlands 1–0 1–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
14. 6 June 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Belarus 1–1 2–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
15. 12 September 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria  Luxembourg 3–0 3–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
16. 6 February 2008 Belfast, Northern Ireland  Northern Ireland 1–0 Win Friendly
17. 14 October 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 2–0 6–2 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
18. 14 October 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria  Georgia 6–1 6–2 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
19. 29 March 2011 Larnaca, Cyprus  Cyprus 0–1 0–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

CSKA Sofia
Servette FC
Atlético Madrid

Individual[edit]

  • Bulgarian Footballer of the Year - 2006

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Martin Petrov". Soccerbase. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  2. ^ "Мартин Петров дебютира с гол за Волфсбург" (in Bulgarian). segabg.com. 16 July 2001. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  3. ^ "Petrov hits four in Wolfsburg win". CNN.com. 30 October 2004. Retrieved 18 January 2013. 
  4. ^ "Petrov picked by Atlético". UEFA.com. 22 July 2005. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Petrov out for six months". ESPN.go.com. 16 October 2006. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Man City swoop for winger Petrov". BBC sport. 26 July 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  7. ^ "Petrov hit by wounded knee". Manchester City F.C. 26 October 2009. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  8. ^ http://ca.sports.yahoo.com/soccer/news?slug=reu-englandpetrov[dead link]
  9. ^ "Out of contract senior trio leave Blues". Manchester City F.C. 8 June 2010. Retrieved 8 June 2010. 
  10. ^ "Petrov Agrees Terms With The Wanderers". Bolton Wanderers. 22 June 2010. Retrieved 22 June 2010. [dead link]
  11. ^ "Petrov Deal Complete". Bolton Wanderers F.C. 1 July 2010. Retrieved 1 July 2010. 
  12. ^ "Bolton 2 – 2 Man Utd". BBC Sport. 26 September 2010. Retrieved 26 September 2010. [dead link]
  13. ^ "Petrov signs for Espanyol". RCD Espanyol. 14 January 2013. Retrieved 14 January 2013. 
  14. ^ topsport editors (25 October 2013). "Мартин Петров все пак подписва с ЦСКА! Става отново играч на "червените" в понеделник". topsport.bg. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  15. ^ Dimov, Stanko (17 May 2014). "ЦСКА завърши втори, Марто се сбогува с „Армията", куп пропуски за домакините". topsport.bg. Retrieved 30 June 2014. 
  16. ^ Smith, Alan (6 October 2007). "Martin Petrov revelling in Manchester City role". Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  17. ^ "Martin Petrov". Yahoo! Eurosport UK. Retrieved 17 December 2012. 
  18. ^ Martin Petrov at National-Football-Teams.com

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