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Telekom Baku
Logo Telekom Baku.png
Full nameTelekom Bakı
Founded2004; 14 years ago (2004)
Dissolved2017; 1 year ago (2017)
Ground“Sarhadchi” Sports Olympic Center
Baku, Azerbaijan
(Capacity: 2600)
ManagerSerbia Zoran Gajić
LeagueAzerbaijan Superleague
2016/171st
Uniforms
Home
Away
Championships
None

Telekom Baku (formerly named Rabita Baku) was an Azerbaijani women's volleyball club. Telekom was an eight-time champion of Azerbaijani Superleague and the winner of the 2011 FIVB Club World Championship.[1][2]

History[edit]

The Rabita Bank was founded in 2001 as Rabitachi Baku, and then took Rabita Baku in 2004. Club participated for the first time in an official competition in the European CEV Cup 2007-08, but was eliminated immediately by OK Hit Nova Gorica.

In the season 2008-09, reaches the quarter-finals of the Challenge Cup and was eliminated from the Club Voleibol Albacete and wins for the first time the championship in the final against Azerrail. The season 2009-10 campaign starts with a good buy: the team wins the championship again and get the third place in the CEV Cup, losing in the semifinals against Futura Volley Busto Arsizio, but winning the final for bronze against VC Uralochka-NTMK Yekaterinburg.

In the season 2010 - 11, club participated for the first time in the Women's CEV Champions League and reached final of this competition, just losing to VakıfBank of Turkey.[3]

Rabita hosted the 2013–14 CEV Champions League Final Four,[4] there the club won the Bronze medal after falling 0-3 to the Russian Dinamo Kazan in the semifinals,[5] but defeating 3-0 to the Turkish Eczacıbaşı VitrA Istanbul in the third place match.[6]

After eight Azerbaijani Superleague titles, in 2015 Rabita Baku merged with Telekom Baku adopting the name of the latter,[7] due to financial difficulties but retained the commitments in the Azerbaijani Superleague and the 2015–16 CEV Champions League and transferring to the new team the Telekom young players.[8]

Team[edit]

As Telekom Baku[edit]

Season 2016–2017, as of November 2016.[9]

Number Player Position Height (m) Weight (kg) Birth date
1 Azerbaijan Anastasiia Baidiuk Outside Hitter 1.89 67 (1999-12-05) 5 December 1999 (age 19)
2 Azerbaijan Yana Azimova Setter 1.74 63 (1994-07-05) 5 July 1994 (age 24)
3 Azerbaijan Yelyzaveta Samadova Outside Hitter 1.85 72 (1995-03-03) 3 March 1995 (age 23)
4 Serbia Aleksandra Petrović Middle Blocker 1.92 57 (1987-07-01) 1 July 1987 (age 31)
5 Azerbaijan Marharyta Azizova Opposite 1.86 73 (1993-04-25) 25 April 1993 (age 25)
7 Bulgaria Gabriela Koeva Middle Blocker 1.85 66 (1989-07-25) 25 July 1989 (age 29)
8 Bulgaria Mariya Filipova Libero 1.79 67 (1982-09-10) 10 September 1982 (age 36)
9 Azerbaijan Anastasiya Bezsonova Outside Hitter 1.87 68 (1999-12-21) 21 December 1999 (age 18)
10 Serbia Jovana Vesović Outside Hitter 1.83 67 (1987-07-21) 21 July 1987 (age 31)
11 Azerbaijan Olena Hasanova Middle Blocker 1.88 73 (1995-11-25) 25 November 1995 (age 23)
12 Montenegro Ksenija Ivanović Outside Hitter 1.88 78 (1986-05-22) 22 May 1986 (age 32)
13 Serbia Slađana Mirković Setter 1.85 72 (1995-10-07) 7 October 1995 (age 23)
18 Azerbaijan Ulkar Karimova Libero 1.83 78 (1994-06-22) 22 June 1994 (age 24)

As Rabita Baku[edit]

Honours[edit]

International success[edit]

Domestic success[edit]

  • Roundel of Turkey.svg Azerbaijan Superleague:
    • Simple gold cup.svg Winners (7): 2008–09, 2009–10, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014–15
    • Simple silver cup.svg Runners-up (5): 2003-04, 2004–05, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08
    • Simple bronze cup.svg Third (1): 2002-03

References[edit]

  1. ^ Rabita Baku VC
  2. ^ Rabita Baku (Women)
  3. ^ CEV. "VakifGunesTTelekom completes Turkish fairy tale in Istanbul". Archived from the original on 2011-03-24. Retrieved 2011-03-20.
  4. ^ "Halkbank and Rabita to host Champions League Final Four tournaments". Luxembourg: FIVB. 2013-12-19. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  5. ^ "Dinamo disappoints Baku home crowd by claiming the last spot in final". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-15. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  6. ^ "Bronze consolation for Rabita at home Final Four". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2014-03-16. Retrieved 2014-03-16.
  7. ^ "Telekom BAKU a force to be reckoned with in 2016 edition of Europe's elite competition". Baku, Azerbaijan: CEV. 2015-10-13. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  8. ^ ""Telekom" Çempionlar Liqasında..." ["Telecom" in the Champions League ...]. Apa Sport. 2015-05-25. Retrieved 2015-11-03.
  9. ^ "Telekom Baku - Team details". CEV. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  10. ^ Francesca Ferretti left the club in february 2015.
  11. ^ Yana Azimova arrived in february 2015.
  12. ^ Tetori Dixon arrived in january 2014.
  13. ^ Gina Mancuso arrived in december 2013.
  14. ^ Brenda Castillo arrived in november 2012.
  15. ^ Katsiaryna Zakreuskaya left the club in january 2013.
  16. ^ Suzana Ćebić left the club in november 2013.
  17. ^ Pelin Çelik left the club in october 2011.

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