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Valentin Iliev
Personal information
Date of birth 11 August 1980 (1980-08-11) (age 29)
Place of birth    Knezha, Bulgaria
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Universitatea Craiova
Number 4
Youth career
1992–1998 FC Botev Vratsa
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1998–2001
2001–2004
2004–2008
2008–2010
2010-
Botev Vratsa
Metalurg
CSKA Sofia
Terek Grozny
Universitatea Craiova
39 0(2)
21 0(1)
80 0(7)
47 0(5)
5 0(0)   
National team2
2005– Bulgaria 19 0(0)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17:00, 17 March 2010 (UTC).
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 2 February 2010.
* Appearances (Goals)

Valentin Iliev (Bulgarian: Валентин Илиев Иванов) (born 11 August 1980 in Knezha) is a Bulgarian footballer currently playing for FC Universitatea Craiova as a defender.

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Background

Iliev's father, Iliya Valov, was goalkeeper for CSKA and Bulgaria's national team.[1] 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 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.

Career

Iliev started his career at his home town Vratsa, where he played for the local team Botev Vratsa. In June 2001 he signed with Ukrainian club Metalurg from Zaporizhzhya. But for three years Valentin participated in only 21 matches and scored one goal. 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,[2] he remained a cult figure for CSKA Sofia fans. In 2008 Iliev moved to Russian First Division team Terek Grozny for a fee of app. 500,000 Euro.

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