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Stiliyan Petrov announces retirement

May 9, 2013
By ESPN staff
Aston Villa captain Stiliyan Petrov has announced his retirement from football to continue his fight against leukaemia through his new charity organisation.

The Bulgarian midfielder has not played for Villa since he was diagnosed with the illness in March 2012 and the 33-year-old has decided to call time on his career.

Petrov admits it is with a "heavy heart" that he has decided to retire, but may still have a coaching role to play under manager Paul Lambert, with Villa believed ...

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