Georgi Iliev (footballer)
|Full name||Georgi Iliev Rusev|
|Date of birth||5 September 1981|
|Place of birth||Varna, Bulgaria|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 November 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Georgi Iliev Rusev (Bulgarian: Георги Илиев; 5 September 1981 in Varna) is a Bulgarian footballer who plays for Chinese Super League club Shijiazhuang Yongchang. He primarily plays as a centre midfielder. He has been capped 20 times for Bulgaria.
Born in Varna, Iliev was taken on by Cherno More Varna at an early age and signed a professional contract in July 2000. His debut came on 14 October 2000 at Hristo Botev Stadium ending in a 1–0 defeat to Botev Plovdiv. On 21 October, he went on to score his first competitive goal for Cherno More against Litex Lovech on his 2nd appearance for the club. For three years in Cherno More, Iliev earned 72 appearances playing in the A PFG, scored 13 goals.
In 2003, Iliev was transferred to Lokomotiv Plovdiv. He made his first appearance in the 4–1 win over Marek Dupnitsa on 16 August 2003. In his first season at Lokomotiv, they won their first ever A PFG championship in the 2003–04. On 31 July 2004, Iliev helped Lokomotiv to win the Bulgarian Supercup and he made his debut for the Bulgarian national side under coach Hristo Stoichkov in the same year. On 29 September 2005, he scored his first ever European goals for Lokomotiv, in a 1–2 loss against Bolton Wanderers of the UEFA Cup.
On 16 December 2005, CSKA Sofia signed Georgi Iliev to a three-year deal. On 5 March 2006, he made his competitive debut for CSKA in a 1–0 victory over Botev Plovdiv. During the 2006–07 season Iliev netted his first CSKA goal. He scored on 5 August 2006 in a 2–0 away victory over Cherno More. On 18 April 2007, Georgi scored CSKA's second in a 2–0 home win against Botev Plovdiv. Iliev netted CSKA's only and his third goal in a 1–0 win against Beroe Stara Zagora on 7 October 2007. With CSKA he was a Champion of Bulgaria for 2008 and holder of Bulgarian Cup for 2006.
Return to Cherno More
In June 2008, Iliev made a comeback for his first team Cherno More. On 2 October 2008, Georgi scored the 2nd goal for the Sailors in the UEFA Cup match against VfB Stuttgart in the away 2–2 draw at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. Iliev took over the captaincy of Cherno More when Aleksandar Aleksandrov was transferred to Levski Sofia in 2009. On 26 October 2009, he made his 100th league appearance for Cherno more in a 1–1 draw against Slavia Sofia, scoring the only goal. On 18 April 2012, Iliev scored a hat-trick in the 7–1 win over Kaliakra Kavarna.
Iliev signed with Chinese side Shijiazhuang Yongchang on 6 January 2014 on a two-year deal for a reported fee of €100,000. He finished 2014 season in the China League One as the club's top scorer with 9 goals, helping his team to gain promotion to the Chinese Super League for first time in club's history.
An occasional member of the Under 21 team, Iliev marked his international début under Hristo Stoichkov on 29 November 2004 in a friendly game against Egypt. His first goal for Bulgaria came against Iceland on 7 September 2005. He has been capped 19 times for Bulgaria.
As of 3 November 2014[update]
|Bulgaria national team|
- Scores and results lists Bulgaria's goals first
|1||7 September 2005||Vasil Levski National Stadium, Sofia, Bulgaria||Iceland||2–2||3–2||2006 World Cup qualification|
|2||4 June 2013||Almaty Central Stadium, Almaty, Kazakhstan||Kazakhstan||1–0||2–1||Friendly|
- Lokomotiv Plovdiv
- CSKA Sofia
- "Georgi Iliev Facts". Footballdatabase.eu.
- "Stats Centre: Georgi Iliev Facts". Guardian.co.uk. Retrieved 7 January 2010.
- "Lokо Plovdiv 1–2 Bolton (agg 2–4)". BBC.co.uk. 29 September 2005. Retrieved 29 September 2005.
- "Match details/line-up: VfB Stuttgart – Cherno More". Worldfootball.net. Retrieved 2 October 2008.
- "Черно море размаза Калиакра със 7:1, каварненци гледат към "Б" група" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 18 April 2012.
- "Георги Илиев подписa с Шъдзяджуан" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 6 January 2014.
- Georgi Iliev at National-Football-Teams.com