Iliev with Levski Sofia in 2011
|Full name||Plamen Ivanov Iliev|
|Date of birth||30 November 1991|
|Place of birth||Botevgrad, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* 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)
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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.
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. 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, 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. 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.
As of 26 May 2016
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