Martin Petrov

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Martin Petrov
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Pictured in 2011
Personal information
Full nameMartin Petyov Petrov
Date of birth (1979-01-15) 15 January 1979 (age 40)
Place of birth Vratsa, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in) [1]
Playing position Winger
Senior career*
1995–1996 Botev Vratsa 18 (4)
1996–1998 CSKA Sofia 19 (3)
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)
National team
1999–2011 Bulgaria 90 (19)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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

Bulgarian language South Slavic language

Bulgarian, is an Indo-European language and a member of the Southern branch of the Slavic language family.

Association football Team field sport played between two teams of eleven players with spherical ball

Association football, more commonly known as football or soccer, is a team sport played with a spherical ball between two teams of eleven players. It is played by 250 million players in over 200 countries and dependencies, making it the world's most popular sport. The game is played on a rectangular field called a pitch with a goal at each end. The object of the game is to score by moving the ball beyond the goal line into the opposing goal.


Club career

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 ]

PFC CSKA Sofia Bulgarian association football club from the capital city of Sofia

CSKA is a Bulgarian professional association football club based in Sofia and currently competing in the country's premier football competition, the First League. CSKA is an abbreviation for Central Sports Club of the Army.

Servette FC association football club in Switzerland

Servette FC is a Swiss football club based in Geneva. They play in the Raiffeisen Super League. The club was relegated to the third division in 2004–05 due to a bankruptcy, but achieved promotion to the Swiss Challenge League after the 2005–06 season, where the club remained until 2011. Servette earned promotion to the Swiss Super League after defeating Bellinzona in a relegation/promotion playoff on 31 May 2011. The club finished fourth in its first season back in the top flight, thereby gaining entrance to the Europa League second round qualification round for the 2012–13 season. However, they were relegated at the end of the 2013 season.

UEFA Europa League Annual association football club competition organized by UEFA since 1971

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VfL Wolfsburg

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 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.

VfL Wolfsburg sportsclub from Wolfsburg

Verein für Leibesübungen Wolfsburg e. V., commonly known as VfL Wolfsburg or Wolfsburg, is a German sports club based in Wolfsburg, Lower Saxony. The club grew out of a multi-sports club for Volkswagen workers in the city of Wolfsburg. It is best known for its football department, but other departments include badminton, handball and athletics.

FC Dinamo Minsk association football club in Minsk, Belarus

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The 2001 UEFA Intertoto Cup finals were won by Aston Villa, Paris Saint-Germain and Troyes. All three teams advanced to the UEFA Cup.

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.

1. FSV Mainz 05 German association football and sports club

1. Fußball- und Sportverein Mainz 05 e. V., usually shortened to 1. FSV Mainz 05, Mainz 05[ˌmaɪnts nʊlˈfʏnf] or simply Mainz, is a German association football club, founded in 1905 and based in Mainz, Rhineland-Palatinate. 1. FSV Mainz 05 have played in the Bundesliga, the top tier of the German football league system, for ten consecutive years, starting with the 2009–10 season. The club's main local rivals are Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Kaiserslautern. In addition to the football division, 1. FSV Mainz 05 have handball and table tennis departments.

The 2004–05 Bundesliga was the 42nd season of the Bundesliga, Germany's premier football league.

Atletico Madrid

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

Atlético Madrid Spanish association football club

Club Atlético de Madrid, commonly referred to as Atlético Madrid, Atlético de Madrid or simply as Atlético or Atleti, is a Spanish professional football club based in Madrid, that play in La Liga. The club play their home games at the Wanda Metropolitano, which has a capacity of 68,000.

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.

Recreativo de Huelva Spanish football club

Real Club Recreativo de Huelva, S.A.D. is a Spanish football club based in Huelva, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 23 December 1889, they are the oldest football club in Spain, and currently play in Segunda División B – Group 4, holding home games at Estadio Nuevo Colombino, which has a 21,600 capacity.

Real Betis Spanish football club

Real Betis Balompié, S.A.D., more commonly referred to as Real Betis or just Betis, is a Spanish football club based in Seville, in the autonomous community of Andalusia. Founded on 12 September 1907, it plays in La Liga, having won the Segunda División in the 2014–15 season. It holds home games at Estadio Benito Villamarín in the south of the city.

RCD Espanyol sports club in Spain

Reial Club Deportiu Espanyol de Barcelona, commonly known as Espanyol de Barcelona, or simply as Espanyol, is a professional sports club based in Barcelona, Spain.

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

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. Petrov 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.[ citation needed ]

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

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.


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

After 15 years abroad Petrov made his return to CSKA Sofia in October 2013. [14] 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 Group 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 against Lokomotiv Plovdiv, which was part of the last round of the 2013–14 A Group season. [15]

International career

Petrov playing for Bulgaria in 2010 Martin petrov.JPG
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


As of 18 May 2014


Club performanceLeagueCupLeague CupContinentalTotal
BulgariaLeague Bulgarian Cup Europe Total
1995–96 Botev Vratsa V AFG 18400--00184
1996–97 CSKA Sofia A Group 3100--0031
1997–98 4000--0040
1998–99 12200--61183
SwitzerlandLeague Schweizer Cup League Cup Europe Total
1998–99 Servette Super League 143000000143
1999–2000 319000020339
2000–01 32150000003215
GermanyLeague DFB-Pokal DFB Ligapokal Europe Total
2001–02 VfL Wolfsburg Bundesliga 326310000357
2002–03 262200000282
2003–04 2881200002910
2004–05 30120000323314
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2005–06 Atlético Madrid La Liga 361200000381
2006–07 132000010142
EnglandLeague FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
2007–08 Manchester City Premier League 345301000385
2008–09 90000052142
2009–10 164311000205
2010–11 Bolton Wanderers 283600000343
2011–12 314311100356
2012–13 Championship 153001000163
SpainLeague Copa del Rey Copa de la Liga Europe Total
2012–13 Espanyol La Liga 8000000080
BulgariaLeague Bulgarian Cup Europe Total
2013–14 CSKA Sofia A Group 17320--00193



Bulgaria national team

International goals

Martin Petrov: International Goals
1.14 November 2000 Algiers, Algeria Flag of Algeria.svg  Algeria 1–02–1 Friendly
2.28 March 2001 Sofia, Bulgaria Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 2–14–3 FIFA World Cup 2002 Qualification
4.6 September 2003 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia 1–02–0 UEFA Euro 2004 Qualification
5.22 June 2004 Guimaraes, Portugal Flag of Italy.svg  Italy 1–01–2 UEFA Euro 2004
6.9 October 2004 Zagreb, Croatia Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1–22–2 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
7.4 June 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Croatia.svg  Croatia 1–21–3 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
8.17 August 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Turkey.svg  Turkey 2–13–1 Friendly
9.7 September 2005 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Iceland.svg  Iceland 3–23–2 FIFA World Cup 2006 Qualification
10.2 September 2006 Constanţa, Romania Flag of Romania.svg  Romania 1–22–2 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
12.6 September 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Slovenia.svg  Slovenia 2–03–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
13.7 October 2006 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands 1–01–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
14.6 June 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1–12–1 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
15.12 September 2007 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Luxembourg.svg  Luxembourg 3–03–0 UEFA Euro 2008 Qualification
16.6 February 2008 Belfast, Northern Ireland Ulster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 1–01–0 Friendly
17.14 October 2009 Sofia, Bulgaria Flag of Georgia.svg  Georgia 2–06–2 FIFA World Cup 2010 Qualification
19.29 March 2011 Larnaca, Cyprus Flag of Cyprus.svg  Cyprus 1–01–0 Friendly



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