Ilian Kiriakov

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Ilian Kiriakov
Personal information
Full name Ilian Ivanov Kiriakov
Date of birth (1967-08-04) 4 August 1967 (age 46)
Place of birth Lesicheri, Bulgaria
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Full back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1984–1991 Etar 168 (15)
1991–1993 Deportivo La Coruña 38 (3)
1993–1994 Mérida 16 (0)
1994–1995 CSKA Sofia 18 (0)
1995–1996 Anorthosis 19 (8)
1996–2000 Aberdeen 76 (1)
2000 Airdrieonians 6 (0)
2001 Raith Rovers 17 (1)
2001 Akademik Svishtov 12 (0)
2002–2003 Etar 28 (5)
Total 401 (34)
National team
1988–1996 Bulgaria 53 (5)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ilian Ivanov Kiriakov (or Kiryakov) (Bulgarian: Илиян Киряков; born 4 August 1967) is a retired Bulgarian footballer. A player of great energy, he was equally at ease as right and left defender.

During a professional career which spanned nearly 20 years, he played for nine different clubs, including three in Scotland.

Kiriakov won more than 50 caps for Bulgaria, and represented the nation at the 1994 World Cup and Euro 1996.

Club career[edit]

Kiriakov was born in the small town of Lesicheri. In his country, he represented Etar Veliko Tarnovo and PFC CSKA Sofia. In 1991 he moved abroad, signing with Deportivo de La Coruña. In his first season, he was first-choice (only missed three La Liga matches) but the Galicians barely avoided relegation, as 17th; subsequently, as Super Depor came to fruition, he became a fringe player and left.

Kiriakov continued in Spain for 1993–94, playing in the second division with CP Mérida. He then returned to his country for one more year, with PFC CSKA Sofia, signing in the 1995 summer with Cyprus club Anorthosis Famagusta FC.

Kiriakov would spend the following five years in Scotland, playing for Aberdeen, Airdrieonians (only five months[1]) and Raith Rovers.[2] He finished his career in June 2003 at nearly 36: after a brief spell with lowly Akademik Svishtov, he retired at Etar, his first club.

International career[edit]

During eight years, Kiriakov played 53 times for Bulgaria, scoring five goals.

He appeared in six matches in the 1994 FIFA World Cup (four complete) as the national side finished in fourth position, and was also picked for the squad at UEFA Euro 1996, where he played in group stage 1–1 draw against Spain.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Archibald plans Kiriakov swoop; BBC Sport, 22 August 2000
  2. ^ Rovers return for Dennis; BBC Sport, 27 February 2001
  3. ^ Ilian KiriakovFIFA competition record

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