Plamen Iliev

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This name uses Eastern Slavic naming customs; the patronymic is Ivanov and the family name is Iliev.
Plamen Iliev
Plamen Iliev.jpg
Iliev with Levski Sofia in 2011
Personal information
Full name Plamen Ivanov Iliev
Date of birth (1991-11-30) 30 November 1991 (age 25)
Place of birth Botevgrad, Bulgaria
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Astra Giurgiu
Number 23
Youth career
0000–2006 Balkan Botevgrad
2006–2009 Vidima-Rakovski
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Vidima-Rakovski 34 (0)
2011–2015 Levski Sofia 104 (0)
2015–2017 Botoșani 44 (0)
2017– Astra Giurgiu 3 (0)
National team
2010–2012 Bulgaria U21 9 (0)
2012– Bulgaria 2 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 February 2017.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 13:45, 8 October 2016 (UTC)

Plamen Ivanov Iliev (Bulgarian: Пламен Илиев; born 30 November 1991) is a Bulgarian professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for Romanian club Astra Giurgiu and the Bulgaria national team.

Club career[edit]

Vidima-Rakovski[edit]

In his youth years in Botevgrad, Iliev started to play football at Balkan.[1] He joined Vidima-Rakovski when he was fourteen years old and signed his first professional contract in 2009.

At the beginning of the 2009–10 season, Iliev was added to Vidima's senior squad by manager Dimitar Todorov. He made his B Group debut in the starting line-up on 8 August 2009 in a 1-1 draw against Kom-Minyor. During the season he became first choice goalkeeper and earned 23 appearances, helping his team to win promotion to the A Group.[2] Iliev was also the first choice keeper for the team from Sevlievo in the first half of the 2010–11 season and earned praise for his performances.

Levski Sofia[edit]

On 17 December 2010, Iliev was sold to Levski Sofia. He made his debut for Levski against Lokomotiv Sofia on 6 March 2011, with Iliev succeeding in keeping a clean sheet.[3] On 6 April 2012, Iliev was appointed as Levski's captain, but will be vice-captain for the 2012–13 season, as new coach Ilian Iliev decided to give the captain's armband to Stanislav Angelov.

On 14 September 2012, Iliev signed a new contract keeping him at the club until 2016.[4]

Botoșani[edit]

On 5 June 2015, Iliev agreed to a three-year deal with Liga I team Botoșani in Romania.[5]

Astra Giurgiu[edit]

After leaving very good impressions with his great performances with Botoșani, on 1 February 2017 Iliev was signed by the defending champions of Romania Astra Giurgiu.[6] He kept a clean sheet in his debut against CSMS Iași, with Astra conceding the 2 goals before his appearance. On 3 April, Iliev saved 2 penalties in 6 minutes, but in an eventual 1-2 home loss against Viitorul Constanța.

International career[edit]

Since 2010 Iliev has been a regular with the Bulgaria U21 side, gradually becoming first choice, taking over from Stefano Kunchev. On 11 October 2011, he was sent off in the last minute of Bulgaria's 3–2 win against Luxembourg U21 in a 2013 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualifier after an altercation with Tom Laterza.[7] Iliev was subsequently banned for 3 matches.

Iliev has also been called up to the senior team of his country on a number of occasions,[8] and made his debut on 29 May 2012, in the 0–2 loss against Turkey in a friendly match after replacing Stoyan Kolev in the 76th minute.[9] Iliev appeared as a starter for the first time in the 2–1 win over Kazakhstan in another exhibition match held on 4 June 2013, managing to keep a clean sheet, with Bulgaria conceding after his replacement.[10]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 26 May 2016

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Vidima-Rakovski 2009–10 23 0 0 0 23 0
2010–11 11 0 1 0 12 0
Total 34 0 1 0 0 0 35 0
Levski Sofia 2010–11 13 0 1 0 0 0 14 0
2011–12 30 0 2 0 2 0 34 0
2012–13 26 0 5 0 2 0 33 0
2013–14 18 0 3 0 2 0 23 0
2014–15 17 0 2 0 19 0
Total 104 0 13 0 6 0 123 0
Botoșani 2015–16 23 0 0 0 4 0 27 0
Total 23 0 0 0 4 0 27 0
Career totals 161 0 14 0 6 0 185 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Пламен Илиев лети към славата" (in Bulgarian). viasport.bg. 19 April 2011. 
  2. ^ "Всички харесват Пламен Илиев" (in Bulgarian). 7sport.net. 21 April 2011. Retrieved 3 July 2015. 
  3. ^ "Пламен Илиев остава титуляр" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 25 June 2011. 
  4. ^ "Пламен Илиев подписа нов договор" (in Bulgarian). vsekiden.com. 14 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Пламен Илиев подписа с румънци" (in Bulgarian). blitz.bg. 5 June 2015. 
  6. ^ "Шампионът на Румъния привлече Пламен Илиев" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 1 February 2017. 
  7. ^ "България - Люксембург 3:2, евроквалификацията по минути" (in Bulgarian). blitz.bg. 11 October 2011. 
  8. ^ "Пламен Илиев: не очаквах толкова скоро да получа повиквателна" (in Bulgarian). botevgrad.com. 9 August 2011. 
  9. ^ "Bulgaria vs. Turkey Matchcast" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 29 May 2012. 
  10. ^ "Нова победа за "лъвовете", националите надвиха Казахстан" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 4 June 2013. 

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