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|Full name||Eczacıbaşı Sports Club|
|Short name||Eczacıbaşı VitrA|
|Ground||Eczacıbaşı Sport Salonu, Istanbul
|League||Turkish Women's Volleyball League CEV Champions League|
|Website||Club home page|
Eczacıbaşı Istanbul is a Turkish women's volleyball club that plays their home matches at the Eczacıbaşı Spor Salonu hall in Istanbul, they have won 28 Turkish League Championships. In the season 2014-15 they won the CEV Champions League and that gave them the ticket to capture the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zurich, a year later the club become 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.
The club has invested in women volleyball for approximately 40 years and has pioneered for Turkish women volleyball. The team plays in CEV Champions League, regularly.
The Eczacıbaşı Women’s Volleyball Team’s international achievements 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 Zurich; a year later the club become the first club in the world to win the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila; making it the all-time most successful Turkish club of any team sport in European competitions. The team have won 28 times the Turkish League Championship.
The Eczacıbaşı Women’s Volleyball Team has won more national championships than any other women’s volleyball team in Turkey, with 28 Turkish League Championships 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 Championship in a row. It repeated this performance another five years between 1999 and 2003, when it also won five Turkish Cups.
Over the years, the Eczacıbaşı Women’s Volleyball Team has worked with many internationally renowned players, such as Irina Ilchenko (Irina Simirrnova), Lioubov Chachkova (Lioubov Kılıç), Elena Godina, Antonina Zetova, Yevgeniya Artamonova, Tatyana Gracheva, Barbara Ruzic (Barbara Jelic), Antonella Del Core, Mirka Francia, Neslihan Darnel, Jordan Larson, Esra Gümüş, Gülden Kayalar. The team is managed by Italian coach Massimo Barbolini.
Team Roster Season 2016–2017
|No.||Player||Position||Date of Birth||Height (m)||Country|
|1||Gizem Asçi||Setter||26 January 1998||1.75||Turkey|
|2||Gülden Kayalar Kuzubaşıoğlu||Libero||5 December 1980||1.67||Turkey|
|3||Tijana Bošković||Opposite Hitter||8 March 1997||1.93||Serbia|
|6||Thaisa Menezes||Middle Blocker||15 May 1987||1.96||Brazil|
|7||Hande Baladın||Outside spiker||1 September 1997||1.90||Turkey|
|8||Rachael Adams||Middle Blocker||3 June 1990||1.87||United States|
|9||Büşra Kiliçli||Middle Blocker||16 July 1990||1.88||Turkey|
|10||Jordan Larson||Wing-Spiker||16 October 1986||1.87||United States|
|11||Nilay Özdemir||Setter||24 October 1985||1.79||Turkey|
|14||Gözde Yilmaz||Outside spiker||9 September 1991||1.95||Turkey|
|15||Tatiana Kosheleva||Outside Hitter||13 July 1988||1.91||Russia|
|16||Ceylan Arisan||Middle Blocker||1 January 1994||1.90||Turkey|
|17||Neslihan Demir||Opposite Hitter||9 December 1983||1.87||Turkey|
|18||Maja Ognjenović||Setter||6 August 1984||1.83||Serbia|
Coach: Massimo Barbolini
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- Thaísa Menezes
- Jordan Larson
- Christa Harmotto
- Nancy Metcalf
- Tayyiba Haneef-Park
- Mirka Francia
- Antonella Del Core
- Jenny Barazza
- Maria Borodakova
- Tatyana Gracheva
- Lioubov Sokolova
- Maja Ognjenović
- Tijana Bosković
- Ivana Đerisilo
- Vesna Čitaković
- Büşra Cansu
- Violet Duca
- Esra Gümüş
- Gülden Kayalar
- Özge Kırdar
- Bahar Mert
- Natalia Hanikoğlu
- Neslihan Demir
- Elif Ağca
- Naz Aydemir
- Neriman Özsoy
- Antonina Zetova
- Barbara Jelić
- Maja Poljak
- Wang Yimei
Achievements in Turkey
- Turkish League Champion (28 Titles) 1972–73, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1975–76, 1976–77, 1977–78, 1978–79, 1979–80, 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 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
- Turkish Cup Winner (8 Titles) 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12
Achievements in International
2015 , 1980 , 2000
- Historic achievements of Eczacıbaşı women's volleyball team Archived 14 June 2007 at the Wayback Machine.
- "Kadın Voleybol" (in Turkish). Eczacıbaşı Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 2013-01-08.
- "Eczacıbaşı VitrA Team Players". Eczacıbaşı Sport Club. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
- "Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul - Team details". CEV. Retrieved 30 November 2015.