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Fenerbahçe S.K. (women's volleyball)

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Full nameFenerbahçe Spor Kulübü
Short nameFB
NicknameSarı Melekler (The Yellow Angels)
Founded1928 (closed due to lack of opponents)
GroundBurhan Felek Sport Hall
(Capacity: 7,000)
ChairmanTurkey Ali Koç
ManagerItaly Marco Fenoglio
CaptainTurkey Eda Erdem Dündar
LeagueSultanlar Ligi
CEV Champions League
WebsiteClub home page
1 World Championship
1 European Championship
1 CEV Cup
15 Turkish Championships
4 Turkish Cups
4 Turkish Super Cups

Fenerbahçe Women's Volleyball, commonly known as Fenerbahçe and officially known as Fenerbahçe Medicana for commercial reasons, are the professional women's volleyball department of Fenerbahçe SK, a major Turkish multi-sport club based in Istanbul, Turkey. They play their matches at the 7.000-seated Burhan Felek Sport Hall. Fenerbahçe compete in the Turkish Women's Volleyball League, which is considered to be one of the best and most competitive leagues in the world.

Founded in 1928, Fenerbahçe are one of the best volleyball teams in Turkey and in the world. They were crowned World Champions by winning the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship undefeated in 2010, thus achieving the first Intercontinental Quadruple ever in Turkish volleyball history, after having won the Turkish League, Turkish Cup, and the Turkish Super Cup in 2010.[1] Fenerbahçe became the first Turkish team to claim a World Championship title. After being runners-up in the CEV Champions League in 2010, Fenerbahçe finally were crowned European Champions in the 2011–12 season after defeating French powerhouse RC Cannes in three straight sets (25–14, 25–22, and 25–20) in the final game.[2] The club also reached the third place of the Champions League twice, in the 2010–11 and 2015–16 seasons.

Fenerbahçe also won the CEV Cup by defeating Russia's Uralochka-NTMK Ekaterinburg 3–0 (25-11, 28-26, 25-22) in the 2014 finals in front of their passionate home crowd, thus writing volleyball history as the men's team won another continental title, the CEV Challenge Cup, the very same day.[3][4] By achieving this unparalleled feat, Fenerbahçe became the first and only sports club in Turkey and one of a few in Europe with European titles won in both the men's and women's volleyball departments.

In Turkey the club have won 15 Turkish Championship titles (7 in the current Turkish Women's Volleyball League and 8 in the former Turkish Women's Volleyball Championship), 4 Turkish Cups, and 4 Turkish Super Cups, among others.

Previous names[edit]

  • Fenerbahçe (1928, 1954–2007)
  • Fenerbahçe Acıbadem (2007–2011)
  • Fenerbahçe Universal (2011–2012)
  • Fenerbahçe (2012–2014)
  • Fenerbahçe Grundig (2014–2016)
  • Fenerbahçe (2016–2018)
  • Fenerbahçe Opet (2018–2024)
  • Fenerbahçe Medicana (2024–present)


The women's volleyball department was founded in 1928 by Sabiha Gürayman who, as a young woman, played for the club's men's volleyball team, and was the first woman architect in Turkey. However, the section was closed due to lack of opponents. In 1954, a new era started with assistance from Çamlıca Girls' High School (tr). Starting in 1958, the girls won eight Turkish Championships among many other titles. In 1977, the department was closed again until 1989, this time due to insufficient funds. In 1993, the team was promoted from the Istanbul First League to the Turkish Second League. The following year, they played in the Turkish First League. However, they were relegated to the Turkish Second League in the 1995–96 season.[citation needed]

Fenerbahçe returned to the Turkish First League in the 2002–03 season, and were runners-up in the 2006–07 season. The senior team was renamed as Fenerbahçe Acıbadem due to a sponsorship agreement with the Acıbadem Healthcare Group from 2007 to 2011. The Yellow Angels were runners-up after Eczacıbaşı SK in the 2007–08 season, too. They gained the ninth Turkish title in their history in the 2008–09 season, after defeating their archrivals Eczacıbaşı SK in the finals (3–2, 0–3, 3–1, 3–1), which was their first ever title in the league's current format that had started with the 1984–85 season.[citation needed]

Fenerbahçe's women's team shone in the 2009–10 season as the Yellow Angels finished the first round of the 2009–10 Turkish League undefeated in 22 matches (setting a 66:2 set ratio record), and reached the Final Four of the 2009–10 CEV Women's Champions League undefeated. The team then beat the host team RC Cannes in a thrilling five-setter, but eventually lost to Volley Bergamo in five sets in the final, even though they came back after falling two sets down: 22–25, 21–25, 25–22, 25–20, 9–15. Yekaterina Gamova was named the best scorer and Nataša Osmokrović was chosen the best server of the tournament.[5]

The star-studded team of Fenerbahçe were on top of the world on 21 December 2010 in Doha, Qatar after beating South American titleholders Sollys Osasco 3–0 (25–23, 25–22, 25–17) to become the first team in 16 years to claim the 2010 FIVB Women's Club World Championship[6] where Katarzyna Skowrońska was named the MVP and Best Scorer, while Eda Erdem Dündar was the Best Server.

In 2011, Fenerbahçe SK organized the Champions League Final Four in the Burhan Felek Sports Hall in Istanbul, however, in the semi-final the Yellow Angels lost to Turkish rivals Vakıfbank in a heart-breaking five setter (25–19, 21–25, 25–21, 19–25, 11–15), and lost the chance to be the very first team in Turkish volleyball history to win the Champions League title. The Yellow Angels settled for the third place after beating Scavolini Pesaro in four sets (14–25, 25–21, 25–21, 25–21), thanks to the national heroines Seda Tokatlıoğlu, Naz Aydemir and Eda Erdem Dündar.

In 2012 the club won the CEV Volleyball Champions League, which was organized in Baku on 24–25 March 2012, having defeated French powerhouse RC Cannes in the final in three straight sets (25–14, 25–22, and 25–20). Kim won the MVP award and the Best Scorer award, while Naz Aydemir was named the Best Setter.[7]


Worldwide competitions[edit]

European competitions[edit]

Domestic competitions[edit]

Team roster[edit]

Season 2024–2025

No. Player Position Date of Birth Height (m) Country
1 Gizem Örge Libero (1993-04-26) 26 April 1993 (age 31) 1.70  Turkey
3 Magdalena Stysiak Opposite (2000-12-03) 3 December 2000 (age 23) 2.03  Poland
8 Aslı Kalaç Middle blocker (1995-12-13) 13 December 1995 (age 28) 1.83  Turkey
9 Meliha İsmailoğlu Outside hitter (1993-09-17) 17 September 1993 (age 30) 1.88  Turkey
12 Ana Cristina de Souza Outside hitter (2004-04-07) 7 April 2004 (age 20) 1.93  Brazil
14 Eda Erdem Dündar (c) Middle blocker (1987-06-22) 22 June 1987 (age 37) 1.88  Turkey
17 Bojana Drča Setter (1988-03-29) 29 March 1988 (age 36) 1.86  Serbia
44 Melissa Vargas Opposite (1999-10-16) 16 October 1999 (age 24) 1.93  Turkey
Özlem Güven Libero (1997-10-01) 1 October 1997 (age 26) 1.65  Turkey
Arelya Karasoy Koçaş Setter (1996-12-14) 14 December 1996 (age 27) 1.82  Turkey
Liza Safronova Outside Hitter (2006-01-17) 17 January 2006 (age 18) 1.90  Turkey
Elitsa Vasileva Outside hitter (1990-05-13) 13 May 1990 (age 34) 1.96  Bulgaria
Dicle Nur Babat Middle blocker (1992-09-15) 15 September 1992 (age 31) 1.91  Turkey
Hristina Ruseva Middle blocker (1991-10-01) 1 October 1991 (age 32) 1.92  Bulgaria

Season by season[edit]

Season League Pos. Turkish Cup Turkish Super Cup European competitions Worldwide competitions
2007-08 TWVL 2nd Not held CEV Champions League RS
2008–09 TWVL 1st Runners-up CEV Cup 3rd
2009–10 TWVL 1st Champions Champions CEV Champions League RU
2010–11 TWVL 1st Runners-up Champions CEV Champions League 3rd FIVB Women's CWC C
2011–12 TWVL 3rd Runners-up CEV Champions League C
2012–13 TWVL 3rd CEV Cup RU FIVB Women's CWC 3rd
2013–14 TWVL 2nd Runners-up CEV Cup C
2014–15 TWVL 1st Champions Runners-up CEV Champions League QF
2015–16 TWVL 2nd Not held Champions CEV Champions League 3rd
2016–17 TWVL 1st Champions Not held CEV Champions League QF
2017–18 TWVL 3rd Semi finals Runners-up CEV Champions League RS
2018–19 TWVL 3rd Runners-up CEV Champions League SF
2019–20 TWVL CEV Champions League
2020–21 TWVL 2nd Semi finals CEV Champions League SF
2021–22 TWVL 2nd Runners-up CEV Champions League 3rd FIVB Women's CWC 3rd
2022–23 TWVL 1st Runners-up Champions CEV Champions League 3rd
2023–24 TWVL 1st Champions Runners-up CEV Champions League 3rd

Home halls[edit]

This is a list of the home halls the senior team played at in the recent years.

# Hall Period
1 Burhan Felek Sport Hall 2004–2007
2 Caferağa Sport HallHaldun Alagaş Sports Hall1 2007–2008
3 50th Anniversary Sport Hall 2008–2010
4 Burhan Felek Sports Hall 2010–
5 Ülker Sports Arena 2015–

1 CEV Champions League games only.

Notable players[edit]

Players written in italic still play for the club.

Sponsorship and kit manufacturers[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Fenerbahce crowned Women's Club World champions". fivb.org. FIVB. 21 December 2010. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  2. ^ "Fenerbahce and a Korean star named Kim shine in Baku". cev.eu. European Volleyball Confederation. 25 March 2012. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  3. ^ "What a day for Fenerbahçe! Yellow Angels win CEV Cup!". cev.eu. European Volleyball Confederation. 29 March 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  4. ^ "Russia wins three of the European Cups, Fenerbahçe – two". cev.eu. European Volleyball Confederation. 31 March 2014. Retrieved 21 November 2017.
  5. ^ CEV. "Volley BERGAMO wins 2010 CEV Indesit European Champions League!". Archived from the original on 2010-04-07. Retrieved 2010-04-04.
  6. ^ "Fenerbahce crowned Women's Club World champions". www.fivb.org. Retrieved 21 October 2017.
  7. ^ "Fenerbahce and a Korean star named Kim shine in Baku". www.cev.lu. Archived from the original on 28 April 2012. Retrieved 21 November 2017.

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