Neslihan Demir

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Neslihan Demir Güler
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Personal information
NicknameThe Iron Lady
BornNeslihan Demir
(1983-12-09) December 9, 1983 (age 35)
Eskişehir, Turkey
HometownEskişehir, Turkey
Height1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)[1]
Weight72 kg (159 lb)[1]
Spike315 cm (124 in)
Block306 cm (120 in)
Volleyball information
Current clubGalatasaray
VakıfBank Güneş Sigorta
CV Tenerife
VakıfBank Güneş Sigorta
Eczacıbaşı VitrA
National team
1997 - 2014.Turkey
Last updated: March 2014

Neslihan Demir, (born December 9, 1983 in Eskişehir) is a Turkish volleyball star, currently playing for Galatasaray. She is one of the most successful athletes of Turkey and has been among FIVB Heroes. She represented her country as the flag-bearer at the 2012 Summer Olympics Parade of Nations and the official advertisement face of Turkey for the 2020 Summer Olympics candidateship along with basketballer Hedo Türkoğlu. Her position is opposite-hitter and she has won a lot of personal awards in international tournaments. She studied at Gazi University.[2]


She played for the Yeşilyurt, VakıfBank Türk Telekom and Spar Tenerife Marichal.

She played over 100 times for the national team.

At age 19, Darnel was the leading player in the Turkish team that won the silver medal at the EC 2003 in Turkey making her a star in her home country and in the volleyball scene.

In 2007/08 Darnel took a break from volleyball to become a mother.

Playing with VakıfBank Güneş Sigorta Türk Telekom at the CEV Indesit Champions League, she won the "Best Scorer" award.[3]

She was named Sportsperson of Year in 2003 & 2004 by Newspaper Sabah and in 2006 by Newspaper Milliyet. She was awarded Best Scorer at the 2006 World Championship and 2010 World Championship[4]

Darnel was selected as FIVB Hero by FIVB in May 2012.[5] At the 2012 Summer Olympics, she was selected to be the at the flagbearer of her home country.[6]

Darnel won the Best Spiker individual award during the 2013–14 CEV Champions League Final Four held in Baku, Azerbaijan.[7] There her team lost the semifinal to VakıfBank İstanbul[8] and the Bronze Medal match to Rabita Baku.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Neslihan Demir married Orkun Darnel, captain of the Galatasaray Swimming team, on July 16, 2006.[10] The couple have a daughter named Zeynep Penelope.[11] Orkun Darnel became manager of Galatasaray Daikin women's volleyball team after playing water polo at the same club for twenty years.[12] The couple announced their divorce in March 2013.[13][14]




National team[edit]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Neslihan Darnel's profile on her official website Archived 2012-01-03 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ "Voleybol Kafilesi Listesi" (PDF) (in Turkish). Universiade 2005 Izmir. Retrieved 2013-08-17.
  3. ^ FIVB. "Portuondo named best spiker in CEV Indesit Champions League". Retrieved 2010-04-02.
  4. ^ FIVB. "Russia repeat as world champions". Retrieved 2010-11-14.
  5. ^ Balkan Volleyball Association (2012-05-04). "FIVB's Heroine: Neslihan Darnel!". Retrieved 2015-04-17.
  6. ^ Staff (20 July 2012). "Bayrağı Neslihan taşıyacak" [Neslihan Carries the Flag] (in Turkish). TRT Spor. Archived from the original on 9 December 2012. Retrieved 20 July 2012.
  7. ^ "Dinamo KAZAN dethrones VakifBank to claim the 2014 Champions League title". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  8. ^ "VakifBank to defend its Champions League title in Sunday's final". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  9. ^ "Bronze consolation for Rabita at home Final Four". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  10. ^ "Filenin Sultanı Neslihan Evlendi". Haber Vitrini (in Turkish). 2006-07-17. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  11. ^ "Neslihan Darnel ailecek Londra'da". Son Dakika (in Turkish). 2012-07-27. Retrieved 2012-08-06.
  12. ^ "Herkes begenebilir ama o benim karım". Haber 61 (in Turkish). 2012-12-15. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  13. ^ "Neslihan ve Orkun Darnel çifti boşandı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-03-27. Retrieved 2013-03-27.
  14. ^ Günday, Selahattin (2013-03-29). "İşte Neslihan'ın boşanma nedeni". Hürriyet (in Turkish). Retrieved 2013-03-29.

External links[edit]

Olympic Games
Preceded by
Mehmet Özal
Flagbearer for  Turkey
London 2012
Succeeded by
Rıza Kayaalp
Preceded by
Brazil Thaísa Menezes
Best Server of
FIVB World Grand Prix

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Germany Margareta Kozuch
Best Scorer of
Women's European Volleyball Championship

Succeeded by
Preceded by
Cuba Yumilka Ruíz
Best Scorer of
FIVB Women's Volleyball World Championship

2006, 2010
Succeeded by
Preceded by
new creation
Best Scorer of
Women's European Volleyball League

2009, 2010
Succeeded by
Czech Republic Helena Havelková
Preceded by
new creation
Most Valuable Player of
Women's European Volleyball League

Succeeded by
Serbia Jelena Nikolić