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Eczacıbaşı VitrA
Eczacıbaşı Spor Klübü
Full nameEczacıbaşı SK Women's Volleyball Team
Short nameEczacıbaşı
GroundEczacıbaşı Spor Salonu, Istanbul
(Capacity: 1,000)
ChairmanTurkey Faruk Eczacıbaşı
CaptainSouth Korea Kim Yeon-koung
LeagueTurkish Women's Volleyball League, CEV Champions League
WebsiteClub home page

Eczacıbaşı VitrA is the women's volleyball department of Eczacıbaşı S.K., a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul, Turkey. The team plays its home matches at the Eczacıbaşı Spor Salonu hall in Istanbul. Eczacıbaşı has won a record 17 Turkish League titles and a record eight Turkish Cups, amongst others. In the 2014–15 season they won the CEV Champions League and that gave them the ticket to capture the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zürich, a year later the club became the first club in the world to win the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown in the Philippines during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila.[1]


The club has invested in women's volleyball for approximately 40 years and has pioneered for Turkish women's volleyball. The team plays in the CEV Champions League regularly.

The international achievements of Eczacıbaşı have set an example for Turkish volleyball and contributed to the success of the Turkish National Women's Volleyball Team. With its systematic and modern approach to the sport and close to 40 years' experience, Eczacıbaşı is one of the most highly respected volleyball clubs in Europe.

Eczacıbaşı women's volleyball team won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1999. The club also finished 2nd in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 1980 and the CEV Cup of 1993; 3rd in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 2000 and the Top Teams Cup of 2005; and 4th in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 1984 and the Champions' League of 2001 and 2002; in the season 2014–15 won the CEV Champions League and the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zürich, and a year later the club became won the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila, becoming the first and only club in volleyball history to achieve this outstanding feat.[2]

Eczacıbaşı has won more national championships than any other women's volleyball team in Turkey, with 28 Turkish League Championships[3] under its belt since it entered the league in 1968. In the 1972–1973 season, the team began to set its first record of consecutive wins, winning 17 Turkish League titles in a row. It repeated this performance another five years between 1999 and 2003, when it also won five Turkish Cups.

Over the years, Eczacıbaşı has worked with many internationally renowned players, such as Irina Ilchenko (Irina Simirrnova), Lioubov Chachkova (Lioubov Kılıç), Yelena Godina, Antonina Zetova, Yevgeniya Artamonova, Tatyana Gracheva, Barbara Ružić (Barbara Jelić), Antonella Del Core, Mirka Francia, Neslihan Darnel, Jordan Larson, Esra Gümüş and Gülden Kayalar. The team is managed by Italian coach Massimo Barbolini.

Team roster 2019–20[edit]

No. Player Position Date of Birth Height (m) Country
2 Buse Melis Kara Libero 30 August 1998 1.77  Turkey
3 Tijana Bošković Opposite Hitter 8 March 1997 1.93  Serbia
4 Beyza Arıcı Middle Blocker 27 July 1995 1.92  Turkey
5 Simge Aköz Libero 23 April 1991 1.68  Turkey
6 Lauren Gibbemeyer Middle Blocker 8 September 1988 1.87  United States
7 Hande Baladın Outside Spiker 1 September 1997 1.89  Turkey
8 Yasemin Güveli Middle Blocker 5 January 1999 1.88  Turkey
10 Kim Yeon-koung (c) Outside Hitter 26 February 1988 1.92  South Korea
11 Gamze Alikaya Setter 1 January 1993 1.79  Turkey
12 Natália Pereira Outside Hitter 04 April 1989 1.83  Brazil
13 Carli Lloyd Setter 6 August 1989 1.80  United States
14 Melis Durul Opposite Hitter 23 October 1993 1.85  Turkey
15 Ergül Avcı Middle Blocker 24 July 1989 1.90  Turkey
16 Saliha Sahin Outside Hitter 23 October 1993 1.85  Turkey

Technical staff[edit]

As of 25 March 2017[4]

Country Name Position
Turkey Nalan Ural Team Manager
Brazil Marco Aurélio Motta Head Coach
Italy Riccardo Ton Fitness Coach
Turkey Alper Hamurcu Assistant Coach
Turkey Yunus Öçal Assistant Coach
Turkey Seçkin Pişkin Physiotherapist
Italy Gianluca Grilli Physiotherapist
Turkey Ömer Can Küçükaslan Assistant Coach
Russia Fedor Kuzin Assistant Coach
Turkey Artun Aksan Statistician
Turkey Sedat Tolga Aydoğ Doctor
Turkey Ali Demircan Health Care Coordinator


International competitions[edit]

National competitions[edit]

  • Turkish Women's Volleyball League
    • Winners (17) (record): 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12
    • Runners-up (2): 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Turkish Women's Volleyball Championship (defunct)
    • Winners (11) (record): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • Turkish Cup
    • Winners (9) (record): 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2018-19
  • Turkish Super Cup
    • Winners (4): 2011, 2012, 2018, 2019

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]


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  3. ^ "Kadın Voleybol" (in Turkish). Eczacıbaşı Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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