Why Stiliyan Petrov began playing in a Sunday League team with David Busst, Maik Taylor and Jude Bellingham’s dad

Stiliyan Petrov
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 When Stiliyan Petrov announced his retirement from professional football at the age of 34 in May 2013 due to his acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, it seemed unlikely he would ever manage to play football again.

Fortunately, it took the former Celtic and Aston Villa midfielder less than 18 months to return to the sport in a playing capacity. Petrov started playing for his local Sunday League Over-35s side Wychall Wanderers alongside some impressive names, as he reveals to FourFourTwo.

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Ryan Dabbs
Staff writer

Ryan is a staff writer for FourFourTwo, joining the team full-time in October 2022. He first joined Future in December 2020, working across FourFourTwo, Golf Monthly, Rugby World and Advnture's websites, before eventually earning himself a position with FourFourTwo permanently. After graduating from Cardiff University with a degree in Journalism and Communications, Ryan earned a NCTJ qualification to further develop as a writer while a Trainee News Writer at Future.