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Martin Petrov

Martin Petyov Petrov (; born 15 January 1979) is a Bulgarian Association football, currently playing for Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the Premier League.

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Martin Petrov biography

Martin Petyov Petrov (; born 15 January 1979) is a Bulgarian Association football, currently playing for Bolton Wanderers F.C. in the Premier League.

Club career

Petrov began Martin Petrov career for FC Botev Vratsa. After a few good seasons, Martin Petrov signed with PFC CSKA Sofia and after two successful games against Servette FC in the UEFA Europa League, the Switzerland side bought the 19-year-old for 1,2 million Deutsche Marks.

Martin Petrov later moved to VfL Wolfsburg, where Martin Petrov established himself as an explosive player. In the summer 2005, Martin Petrov was bought by Atlético Madrid for a fee of €10 million.

On 24 July 2007, after constant press speculation about Martin Petrov leaving the club, it was reported that Atlético Madrid had placed a £6,2 million price on the player. Later that day Martin Petrov left the Atletico Madrid training camp to think over Martin Petrov future with Tottenham Hotspur F.C. and Manchester City F.C. 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 F.C. and that only minor details needed completing before finalising a move to City of Manchester Stadium. Manchester City F.C. confirmed the £4,7 million (€7 million) move on a three-year contract on 26 July 2007.

Manchester City

Petrov left Atlético Madrid for Manchester City F.C. on 26 July 2007, and although having a big reputation on the European stage, Martin Petrov was a relatively unknown talent to the Premier League. That soon changed after Martin Petrov first Premier League game on 11 August 2007 when Martin Petrov played an important role in Manchester City F.C.'s 2–0 win over West Ham United F.C. at Boleyn Ground. Petrov made probing runs down Martin Petrov favoured left flank, wreaking havoc among the Hammers's defence, and never shying away from trying powerful long range shots at goal with Martin Petrov trademark left foot. Martin Petrov had to wait until 22 September 2007 to score Martin Petrov first goal in Manchester City F.C.'s sky blue colours, minutes before netting another one at Fulham's Craven Cottage. One of the goals was a superb individual effort, and the other a one-two combination with Elano. Since then Petrov has scored 2 more goals, one in the 3–1 win over Newcastle United F.C. the other one in the 2–1 win over Reading F.C. and also notched up 6 assists. Making himself well known for Martin Petrov blistering pace, brilliant runs down the wing, and a great eye for a pass. Martin Petrov was sent off by referee Rob Styles in the home loss to Everton F.C., for kicking Leon Osman. The challenge earned Martin Petrov a straight red card which banned Martin Petrov for 3 games. The Bulgarian added to Martin Petrov tally with a goal against Portsmouth F.C.. A goal hit with Martin Petrov weaker right foot, which managed to go between the legs of Sol Campbell and into the net.

It was announced that Petrov's number would change from 15 up to 17 - Martin Petrov international number - for Martin Petrov second season with City. During the first round of the UEFA Europa League in the 2008–09 season, Petrov scored a rifle of a shot after a Michael Johnson (footballer born 1988) dummy against EB/Streymur in City's 2–0 away win. Martin Petrov also scored a goal in the home leg against EB/Streymur along with Darius Vassell's late goal. Martin Petrov scored another trademark rocket from just inside the area against Celtic F.C. in a pre-season friendly for Manchester City. Martin Petrov returned from injury to compete in the reserves game away at Newcastle United, playing 45 minutes. Martin Petrov scored the only goal in an emphatic 1–0 win over FC Barcelona in a pre-season friendly. Martin Petrov marked Martin Petrov return to Premier League action in Manchester City's home clash against Fulham F.C. on 12 April 2009, playing 63 minutes before being substituted by Robinho.

Following the influx of new players at Manchester City F.C. such as Carlos Tévez and Emmanuel Adebayor, Petrov was linked with a move away from the City of Manchester Stadium. On 1 September 2009, the Transfer window Transfer deadline day, it was speculated that Martin Petrov would transfer to Tottenham Hotspur F.C., in a move, which would see David Bentley heading to Eastlands. Tottenham would also receive £10 million as part of this deal, however Manchester City later denied they would be signing Bentley, either on-loan or permanently. Luchezar Tanev, Petrov's agent, later stated that the move broke down "because, in the final reckoning, Manchester City rejected the deal mainly due to manager Mark Hughes's unwillingness." Martin Petrov was often in and out of the first team. However, Martin Petrov scored goals in the first two games that Martin Petrov had started, prompting Hughes to start Petrov in place of Shaun Wright-Phillips at home vs. Fulham. Though Martin Petrov scored, Martin Petrov also aggravated the knee injury that has plagued him. After the sacking of Mark Hughes and arrival of Roberto Mancini, Martin Petrov started both league games and scored in the 2–0 win over Stoke City F.C. on 26 December. Martin Petrov also publicly expressed Martin Petrov anger against Hughes as Petrov was frequently moved in and out of the starting 11.

On 18 April 2010 Petrov announced that Martin Petrov season was over and that Martin Petrov would miss the four remaining Premier League games due to a knee injury.

On 8 June 2010, it was announced that Petrov's contract had expired and that Martin Petrov would be leaving the club, along with Benjani Mwaruwari, Karl Moore (footballer) and Sylvinho.

Bolton Wanderers

On 22 June 2010, it was announced that Petrov had agreed terms with Bolton Wanderers F.C., and the free transfer was completed when the transfer window opened on 1 July. Martin Petrov scored Martin Petrov first goal for the club against Manchester United F.C. on 26 September 2010, and finished the season with three goals.

International career

In June 1999, Martin Petrov received Martin Petrov first call-up to the Bulgaria national football team for a UEFA Euro 2000 qualifier against England national football team. Martin Petrov came as a substitution at the place of Martin Petrov idol Hristo Stoichkov. However, it proved to be an inauspicious start to Martin Petrov international career; Martin Petrov was Ejection (sports) for a second yellow card just eight minutes after coming on as a substitute. Petrov cried while Martin Petrov was leaving the pitch.

Petrov was the key player in Bulgaria's unsuccessful UEFA 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 UEFA Euro 2008 opening qualifying game against Romania national football team 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. Martin Petrov also went on to score against Slovenia national football team (in a 3–0 win) and the Netherlands national football team (in a 1–1 draw). Martin Petrov performances in the 2006 qualifying campaign earned Martin Petrov the 2006 Bulgarian Footballer of the Year award.
On 7 September 2010, Petrov earned Martin Petrov 80th cap for Bulgaria in the 0:1 home loss in a UEFA Euro 2012 qualifier against Montenegro national football team.


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