Ilian Dimov Iliev (Bulgarian: Илиан Димов Илиев; born 2 July 1968) is a Bulgarian professional football manager and former player. He is the head coach at Bulgarian First League club Cherno More Varna.
|Full name||Ilian Dimov Iliev|
|Date of birth||2 July 1968|
|Place of birth||Varna, Bulgaria|
|Height||1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)|
|Playing position(s)||Attacking midfielder|
|Cherno More (manager)|
|1993–1994||→ Altay (loan)||12||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
He is best known for having played for Portuguese club Benfica and Bulgarian sides Cherno More and Levski Sofia. In his professional career as a footballer, he received 34 international caps for the Bulgaria national team.
Iliev was born in Varna and started to play football at his hometown club Cherno More. After his good performances in the youth teams were caught, he was promoted into the first team in 1986. For five seasons, between 1986 and 1991, Iliev made 123 appearances and scored 31 goals for the club. He was transferred to Levski Sofia in the 1991–92 season, winning three times the Bulgarian A PFG and one Bulgarian Cup in five years with the club. In 1995, Iliev moved to Benfica and won the Taça de Portugal in the 1995–96 season. In his career he also played for Slavia Sofia, Turkish Bursaspor, Greek AEK Athens as well as for the Portuguese clubs Marítimo and Salgueiros. He finished his career at his first club Cherno More Varna in 2004.
Iliev earned his first cap with Bulgaria in a friendly match against Turkey on 21 August 1991 in Stara Zagora. He registered 34 caps for his country, scoring three goals. Iliev was part of the Bulgarian squad at the 1998 FIFA World Cup in France, where he played in three games.
After retiring in 2004, Iliev pursued a career as a coach. In June 2004, he was appointed as a manager in his first club Cherno More Varna. However, on 3 March 2006, after a two years spell at the Sailors, he resigned after a home 0–1 loss against Rodopa Smolyan. Since 2006, he serves as the manager of Beroe Stara Zagora, making him one of the longest serving coach in a Bulgarian football club. Under his management in the 2009–10 season, Beroe won a historical first Bulgarian Cup and consequently achieved a participation in the UEFA Europa League qualification stages. Iliev has been voted best coach in the Bulgarian championship for the season 2009–10 by the association of Bulgarian football players.
On 6 April 2012 it was announced that Iliev will be the new manager of Levski Sofia. He will complete the current season with Beroe and then will start his new job at the beginning of the 2012–13 season. His contract will be until June 2015.
On 12 April 2013, he was fired by Levski Sofia and was replaced by Nikolay Mitov.
In mid May 2014, Iliev held final talks to become the manager of Angolan club Inter Luanda. Compatriot Petar Kostadinov was announced as his assistant. He returned to his country in 2016, being appointed as manager of Loko Plovdiv. Iliev came close to securing European club football for the team, as the "smurfs" finished in 5th place in the standings during the 2015/2016 A PFG. On 17 October 2016, following a 1–2 defeat by Lokomotiv GO, Iliev announced that he is leaving Lokomotiv Plovdiv. In early 2017, Iliev signed a contract to manage newly promoted Altai Semey from the Kazakhstan Premier League, but stepped down in February 2017, as the club eventually did not receive a license for the top division.
On 9 June 2017, Iliev was appointed as manager of First League club Vereya. Following a successful stint with Vereya, in December 2017 he returned as head coach to his hometown club Cherno More.
|Cherno More||A Group||1988–89||10||2||?||?||–||10||2|
|Levski Sofia||A Group||1991–92||30||4||8||2||2||0||40||6|
|Altay (loan)||Süper Lig||1993–94||12||2||2||1||–||14||3|
|Levski Sofia||A Group||1993–94||7||0||1||1||0||0||8||1|
|Slavia Sofia||A Group||1997–98||11||1||?||?||–||11||1|
|AEK Athens||Alpha Ethniki||1998–99||8||0||?||?||2||0||10||0|
|Levski Sofia||A Group||1998–99||11||0||0||0||–||11||0|
|Cherno More||A Group||2003–04||18||2||?||?||–||18||2|
|Bulgaria national team|
|1.||14 December 1996||Tsirio Stadium, Limassol||Cyprus||3–1||3–1||World Cup 1998 Qualification|
|2.||3 March 1999||Stadion Beroe, Stara Zagora||Slovakia||1–0||2–0||Friendly|
|3.||16 August 2000||Stadion Georgi Asparuhov, Sofia||Belgium||1–3||1–3||Friendly|
- Levski Sofia
- "The Bulgarian squad for the 1998 World Cup finals". bulgarian-football.com. Archived from the original on 8 July 2011.
- "Beroe back to their best under Iliev". UEFA.com. Retrieved 29 March 2010.
- "Илиев пое африканския Интер, Илиан ще работи в Ангола". topsport.bg. Retrieved 13 May 2014.
- "Старши треньорът на Локомотив Илиан Илиев подаде оставка" (in Bulgarian). lokomotivpd.com. 17 October 2016.
- "Илиан Илиев: разтрогнах договора си с "Алтай" (in Bulgarian). topsport.bg. 25 March 2017. Retrieved 16 July 2017.
- "Илиан Илиев е новият старши треньор на ПФК Верея" (in Bulgarian). fcvereya.bg. 9 June 2017. Archived from the original on 29 September 2017. Retrieved 9 June 2017.
- "Черно море" се разбра с Илиан Илиев" (in Bulgarian). Cherno More official website. 28 December 2017. Retrieved 4 January 2018.