Villyan Bijev

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Villyan Bijev
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Personal information
Date of birth (1993-01-03) 3 January 1993 (age 24)
Place of birth Sofia, Bulgaria
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Portland Timbers 2
Number 46
Youth career
2008–2011 California Odyssey[1]
2011–2014 Liverpool
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2011–2014 Liverpool 0 (0)
2011–2012 Fortuna Düsseldorf II (loan) 16 (4)
2011–2012 Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 1 (0)
2012 IK Start (loan) 1 (0)
2014 Slavia Sofia 10 (1)
2015 Cherno More 23 (3)
2016– Portland Timbers 2 32 (10)
National team
2010–2011 United States U18 3 (0)
2012 United States U20 3 (0)
2013–2015 Bulgaria U21 4 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 02:44, 2 April 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 19 November 2013

Villyan Bijev (Bulgarian: Вилиян Бижев, born 3 January 1993 in Sofia) is a Bulgarian footballer who currently plays as a Midfielder for Portland Timbers 2.

Early life[edit]

Villyan Bijev was born in Sofia, Bulgaria, and moved with his family to the United States at the age of five in 1998.[2] He grew up in Fresno, California and began his youth career with local school team. In 2008, at the age of 15, Bijev joined California Odyssey.

Career[edit]

Liverpool[edit]

Bijev originally signed to play college soccer at the University of Washington in the fall of 2011, but in July 2011, Liverpool invited Bijev for a trial with the Under 18s.[3] He left a great impression, netting five goals in two pre-season friendly games, earning himself a permanent switch to the Merseyside outfit in the process on a reported three-year deal with an additional two-year option. Liverpool officially announced the signing from US outfit California Odyssey on 31 August 2011.

He was released from the club at the end of the 2013–14 season.[4]

Loan spells[edit]

The same day he signed for Liverpool, it was announced that Bijev had signed on loan for German side Fortuna Düsseldorf for the 2011–12 season.[5] Bijev played mostly for Fortuna B-squad, where he scored 4 goals in 16 games. He appeared once for the first team, playing the last 8 minutes of a 2–1 away loss against Hansa Rostock on 5 April 2012, in the place of Adam Matuszczyk.[6]

On 27 August 2012, Bijev joined Norwegian First Division side IK Start on a one year loan, as this will help him gain the necessary work permits to play in England.[7] Bijev made his debut for the club in a 2–1 win over Hødd.[8] Though he made one appearance, the club would be promoted to Tippeligaen.

Slavia Sofia[edit]

After being released by Liverpool, Bijev joined Bulgarian A Football Group side Slavia Sofia.[9] He made his league debut for the club in a 4–1 home win against Marek Dupnitsa on 19 July 2014. Bijev marked his debut with a goal, scoring the fourth. In December 2014, his contract with Slavia was terminated by mutual consent.

Cherno More[edit]

On 12 January 2015, Bijev signed with Cherno More Varna on a one-and-a-half-year deal. He made his debut on 27 February, starting in a 2–0 home league win against Slavia Sofia. Bijev scored his first official goal for Cherno More on 5 March, netting the fourth in a 5–0 success at Lokomotiv Gorna Oryahovitsa for the Bulgarian Cup.

International career[edit]

Born in Bulgaria but raised in the United States, Bijev is eligible for both nations. He has represented the United States at the under-18 and under-20 level and Bulgaria at the under-21 level.[10][11] He has yet to represent either at the senior level.

Career statistics[edit]

As of 30 January 2017

Club performance League Cup Continental Total
Club Season League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Liverpool 2011–12 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Fortuna Düsseldorf II (loan) 2011–12 Regionalliga 16 4 0 0 16 4
Fortuna Düsseldorf (loan) 2011–12 2. Bundesliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
IK Start (loan) 2012 First Division 1 0 0 0 1 0
Liverpool 2012–13 Premier League 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2013–14 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
Slavia Sofia 2014–15 A Group 10 1 1 0 11 1
Cherno More 2014–15 11 2 4 2 15 4
2015–16 12 1 1 3 2 0 15 4
Total 23 3 5 5 2 0 30 8
Portland Timbers 2 2016 United Soccer League 29 9 29 9
2017 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 0 0 29 9
Career statistics 80 17 6 5 2 0 88 22

Honors[edit]

Club[edit]

Cherno More

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Clovis North graduate Villyan Bijev follows soccer dreams overseas". Clovis Independent. 9 January 2012. Retrieved 8 April 2012. 
  2. ^ "Вилян Бижев симпатизира на Ливърпул и Барселона" (in Bulgarian). gong.bg. 5 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Bijev Signs Pro Contract With Liverpool FC". GoHuskies.com. UW Athletics. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 7 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Clubs submit retained and released lists". Premier League. 23 May 2014. Retrieved 23 May 2014. 
  5. ^ "Liverpool sign US starlet Villyan Bijev & loan him to Fortuna Dusseldorf". goal.com. 31 August 2011. 
  6. ^ "Hansa Rostock 2–1 Fortuna Düsseldorf". soccerway.com. 5 April 2012. 
  7. ^ "Liverpool Player on your way to Start" [Liverpoolspiller på vei til Start] (in Norwegian). ikstart.no. 24 August 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "Match Report: Start 2 - 1 Hødd" [Match Report: Start 2 - 1 Hødd] (in Norwegian). Alrom Football. 23 September 2012. Retrieved 5 June 2014. 
  9. ^ "Славия взима футболист на Ливърпул" (in Bulgarian). sportal.bg. 16 May 2014. 
  10. ^ "Диего Фераресо става национал" (in Bulgarian). football24.bg. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 3 January 2013. 
  11. ^ "Таланти от Ливърпул и Ханза ще играят за България" (in Bulgarian). novsport.com. 16 May 2013. Retrieved 16 May 2013. 

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