BIJEV MAKES PRO DEBUT WITH FORTUNA
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BRIAN SCIARETTA - Friday, April 6, 2012
US U-20 forward Villyan Bijev made his professional debut this week with Fortuna Dusseldorf.

The Bulgarian-born Bijev, 19, signed with Liverpool last summer and was loaned to Fortuna Dusseldorf for the season. One of the key reasons why he was loaned out is that under EU rules, Bulgarian citizenship does not provide an automatic UK work permit yet.

Yesterday Bijev was subbed into a game against Hansa Rostock in the 82nd minute of a 2-1 loss. His appearance did mark the first time Bijev as appeared in a game of first-team soccer.

Bijev, who moved to California when he was a young child, has also seen increased minutes with US youth national teams in recent years. Last year he was part of the US U-18 team and this past year he has been called up to the US U-20 national team where he is expected to be a regular contributor as they build up to next year's World Cup qualifying tournament.
Kike
Friday May 25, 2012 12:42 am
This is a great kid. I played with him in high school and his talent was fenomenal, lets hope he goes far and succeeds.
KeeperMom
Thursday April 12, 2012 12:22 pm
Villyan was born in Bulgaria, he moved to Fresno California at a very young age, played with Cal Odyssey from the time he was 12 until 18 years of age. He graduated from Clovis North High School, and began his pro career that summer :)
Edimon
Saturday April 7, 2012 4:42 pm
Bijev was born in Fresno, California.
Cole Joseph
Friday April 6, 2012 7:58 pm
Bijev has some serious talent...let's hope he gets a lot of minutes and a lot of goals for Fortuna
Red
Friday April 6, 2012 4:30 pm
Great news, lets hope he can rack up serious mintues in the German 2nd division.
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