|Full name||Valentin Iliev Ivanov|
|Date of birth||11 August 1980|
|Place of birth||Knezha, Bulgaria|
|Height||6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 May 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Iliev's father, Iliya Valov, was goalkeeper for CSKA and Bulgaria's national team. Valentin's biggest career moment was scoring a goal (after an excellent Yordan Yurukov assist), which helped CSKA Sofia secure a historic 1–0 away win over Liverpool F.C. on 23 August 2005 in the Third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. However, it did not help them qualify for the UEFA Champions League group phase, as the "armymen" were eliminated after an aggregate score of 2–3, having lost their home game.
In November 2004 Iliev joined CSKA Sofia. For six months he was captain of the team and in 2005 Iliev played his first match for the Bulgaria national football team. Iliev developed a knack for scoring key goals for the "armymen" making good use of his powerful heading ability – some of them included a last-minute goal against Vihren Sandanski to help the "reds" to a 1–0 win and a goal against Turkish side Beşiktaş Jimnastik Kulübü in a match that ended 2–2. Despite some disciplinary issues, most notably his physical confrontation with Jose Emilio Furtado, resulting in Iliev being stripped of the CSKA captaincy, he remained a cult figure for CSKA Sofia fans.
In February 2011, Iliev signed a contract for one and a half years with Steaua Bucureşti. On 19 December 2011, Iliev scored his first goal for Steaua against CSU Vointa Sibiu in a Liga 1 match, goal which proved to be decisive.
On 12 July 2012, Iliev joined Ukrainian club Volyn Lutsk on a two-year deal.
On 16 July 2013 Valentin Iliev signed a contract with CSKA Sofia. Now that he signed a contract, he will be captain.
In October 2010, after a long absence from the national team, Iliev was recalled to the national side by the new manager Lothar Matthäus for the Euro 2012 qualifier against Wales. On 8 October 2010, he started the match, but sustained an injury during the first half and was replaced by Pavel Vidanov.
- Bulgarian Championship – 2 times 2005, 2008
- Bulgarian Cup – 1 time 2006
- Bulgarian Super Cup – 1 time 2006
- Romanian Cup – 1 time 2011
- Best A PFG defender – 2005
- "Валентиновците от "Ботев" Враца". Шанс Експрес (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 25 April 2009.
- "Фуртадо – аут от ЦСКА, капитанът Илиев – в тъч". Sega bg (in Bulgarian). Retrieved 25 April 2009.
- "Valentin Iliev a semnat pentru Craiova" (in Romanian). craiova-maxima.ro. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Iliev a semnat cu Steaua" (in Romanian). steauafc.com. 19 February 2011. Retrieved 27 December 2011.
- "Иван Иванов е футболист на годината" (in Bulgarian). sportni.bg. Retrieved 2013-12-28.
- Official FCSB profile (Romanian)
- Valentin Iliev at National-Football-Teams.com
- Player profile on RomanianSoccer
- Player profile on Transfermarkt