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60,000 Celtic Fans Turn Out for Stiliyan Petrov Charity Match: Highlights [VIDEO]

A capacity crowd of more than 60,000 fans turned out today for a charity match to honor Celtic and Aston Villa legend Stiliyan Petrov.

The Bulgarian, who recently retired from playing due to being diagnosed with acute leukemia, played in the charity match for the Stiliyan XI (managed by Kenny Dalglish) against a Celtic XI team (managed by Martin O’Neill). A ton of stars participated in the game including John Terry, One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson, Paul Lambert, Jamie Redknapp, Chris Kamara, Henrik Larsson, Dimitar Berbatov, Pierre van Hooijdonk, Shay Given and many others.

The money raised from the game will go to the foundation set up by Petrov.

Watch the highlights from the match below as well as several tearjerker moments at the end as Petrov thanks the supporters and the crowd sings along to “You’ll Never Walk Alone.” And yes, the commentary is by the one-and-only Derek Rae.

Another highlight from the game was when One Direction singer Louis Tomlinson was on the receiving end of a tough tackle by Aston Villa’s Gabriel Agbonlahor.

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3 Comments

3 Comments

  1. Garry connor

    September 10, 2013 at 9:07 am

    As a lifelong Glasgow rangers fan living in the us since 1975, it makes me proud as a Scotsman to see 60000 passionate Celtic fans show up for such a worthy cause.
    It reminds me of the days watching Celtic and rangers play at ibrox and park head,the atmosphere was always electric and the passion of the fans was amazing.

  2. Marc

    September 9, 2013 at 9:02 am

    Stiliyan’s story always chokes me up. When I was 8 I was also diagnosed with Acute Leukemia. It’s a shame his career was cut short because of it.

  3. Ivan

    September 8, 2013 at 5:59 pm

    Stan-a legend! Get well!

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