Yeliz Özel

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Yeliz Özel
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Personal information
Born (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 35)
Ankara, Turkey
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Middle Back
Club information
Current club Yenimahalle Belediyesi
Number 7
Senior clubs
PTT Türk Telekom SK
Byasen Trondheim
PTT Türk Telekom
Anadolu Uni, Eskisehir
Üsküdar Belediyespor
Kometal Skopje
Milli Piyango SK
CS Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea
Üsküdar B.S.K.
Yenimahalle Belediyesi
National team 1
  Turkey Turkey
1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 5 July 2012

Yeliz Özel (born 6 March 1980, in Ankara)[1] is a Turkish handballer who plays for Yenimahalle Belediyesi and the Turkish national team. She is widely considered best handball player ever from Turkey.


She started her career in Ankara team PTT, played first European Cup level matches same year. With outstanding skills in game-reading, Yeliz labelled as a 'prominent young talent' by several handball experts. She transferred to Norway League for Byasen Trondheim, played there one full season. Then she back to Turkey to play in Eskisehir Anadolu University and Uskudar Belediyesi SK.

In 2004, Yeliz went to Skopje to playing for Kometal Skopje. After a brillant stint there, she was one of the best players of EHF Champions League 2004-05 season. She scored 61 goals and made a huge contribution to promote her team final. [2] In Macedonia, Özel was a teammate of Yugoslav and Hungarian legend Bojana Radulović.

In June 2010, Yeliz Özel signed for Romania's top club CS Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea. Played two season in Romania, then she returned again to her home country back. [3]

She is still playing in Ankara Yenimahalle Sports Club.

International honours[edit]


  1. ^ "Yeliz Özel". European Handball Federation. 
  2. ^ "EHF Women's Champions League 2004/05 – Top 50 scorers". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ [1]

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