40 Minute Mentor

Episode 10

November 12, 2019

Beating The Odds: Becoming An International Footballer & Cancer Survivor with Stiliyan Petrov

In today’s episode of the 40 Minute Mentor, I’m joined by the former Bulgarian football international and Aston Villa captain, Stiliyan Petrov.

Having started his professional football career in Bulgaria, Stiliyan joined Celtic, in 1999, where he went on to win ten trophies, including four Scottish Premier League titles. Following his success with Celtic, he moved to Aston Villa, ultimately becoming the club’s captain in 2009, leading the team to the semi-finals of the FA Cup and the final of the League Cup in his first season.

With his career going from strength to strength, everything changed for Stiliyan in March 2012 when after going for some routine medical tests after a game, he was diagnosed with Leukaemia.

He tackled this challenging part of his life with an incredible bravery and positivity and ultimately successfully beat the cancer, although the road to recovery took its toll and despite getting back to being fit and healthy, he ultimately had to retire from the professional game in May 2013.

Stiliyan is extremely honest and open about the struggles he went through and it was amazing to sit down with him to learn more about his incredible career story and what he’s taken from both the highs and the lows so far.

“People do forget that we’re just human beings, and we live our lives like everybody else.”

Stiliyan Petrov

Tune in to discover

Growing up and into football [04:40]
Signing professionally [09:36]
What makes a great team [22:58]
Good managers vs great managers [27:50]
Foundations of a football captain [30:19]
Becoming calmer and more relaxed with experience [33:37]
Proudest moment in my career [36:01]
Why being nervous is good [38:31]
Resilience & overcoming illness [40:27]
Dealing with pressure [52:37]

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Helpful links

If you want to find out more about the Stiliyan Petrov Foundation and how you can help its mission to revolutionise the way leukaemia and cancer are treated, check out the Foundation’s website following – www.thestiliyanpetrovfoundation.com/phone/i…ex.html

We’re always keen to get feedback so if you have any thoughts once you’ve listened to this interview just drop me an email at ku.oc.cmbj@semaj

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