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Football: Stan: I'm Petrified of Henrik.

Byline: JOE McHUGH

STAN PETROV is fully prepared for former Celtic team-mate Henrik Larsson to cause hell for Bulgaria at Euro 2004. The Bhoys midfielder will beam with pride as he leads his country but is already dreading coming up against Larsson's Swedish side in Group C. He said: "Henrik will make hell for us in Portugal. He's one of the best players in the world and he'll make it difficult for us to qualify. "He's capable of scoring a goal against any team at any time and all we can do is be ready for him. "Italy will be the group favourites but it would be a mistake to underestimate anyone in our group. "Sweden and Denmark have good players and the experience of playing in the last World Cup. "We don't have the experience of the other sides but we are young with some good players and I hope we can qualify - if we did that it would be a major achievement." At 24, Petrov will be the youngest skipper in the competition but is on course to collect his 50th cap in the final group match against Italy. He added: "My team mates chose me to be the national captain, maybe I'm a little young but I'm doing my best and learning. The manager trusts in me which is a big help."

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Publication:Sunday Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jun 6, 2004
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