Vakıfbank S.K.

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Full nameVakıfBank Spor Kulübü
GroundVakıfBank Sports Palace, Istanbul
(Capacity: 2,000)
ChairmanOsman Demren
ManagerGiovanni Guidetti
CaptainGözde Kırdar
LeagueTurkish Women's Volleyball League CEV Champions League
WebsiteClub home page

Vakıfbank Sports Club (Turkish: Vakıfbank Spor Kulübü) is a Turkish volleyball club based in Istanbul, Turkey. Vakıfbank Sports Club (Turkish: Vakıfbank Spor Kulübü), currently one of the best volleyball teams in the world, double winner of the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship and triple European Champions League winner.

As of January 23, 2014, the team holds a 73-games winning streak record in domestic and international official competitions.[1]

Vakıfbank won all 52 official games played during the 2012–13 season[2] and all 51 official games played in 2013.[3] In 2017-18 season, the team won the champions at all levels of competition in local and international.

The team collected all five championship trophies in 2013, being the only club in volleyball history to have achieved this feat.


The team was established following a merger between two separate teams: Vakıfbank and Güneş Sigorta.[citation needed] Vakıfbank was originally an Ankara-based team but moved to Istanbul after the merge. Their name changed to Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta, Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta Türk Telekom (VGSTT), Vakıfbank Türk Telekom and Vakıfbank respectively.[4]

Vakıfbank won three unbeaten[citation needed] CEV Champions League championships in 2011, 2013 and 2017, and are the only unbeaten champions of the European Champions League history. They also placed second in 1998 and 1999 in this competition. They won the 2013 Club World Championship, the CEV Top Teams Cup in 2004 and CEV Challenge Cup in 2008 while finishing second in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in 2011 and third in the European Confederation Cup of 2000.[5]

The team is coached by Italian Giovanni Guidetti. They won 47 games of 47 in the 2012–13 season in all competitions including Champions League (12 games), Turkish League (29 games), and Turkish Cup (6 games). After this season, they kept most of the team roster[citation needed] and coaching staff for the 2013–14 season with little changes: Jelena Nikolic, who took a break volleyball for one year, came back to the team[citation needed] and Italian international Carolina Costagrande transfers from Chinese club Guangdong Evergrande V.C. instead of Polish spiker Malgorzata Glinka and Japanese Saori Kimura.[citation needed] Glinka left the team after three great seasons and moved to her home country for familial reasons.[citation needed]


Since 2016 the club plays its home matches at the VakıfBank Sports Palace (Turkish: VakıfBank Spor Sarayı) in Istanbul, the venue has a 2,000 spectators capacity.[6]

Current Roster[edit]

Season 2017-18[7]

Coach: Italy Giovanni Guidetti

Jersey No. Name Date Birth Height Position Country
1 Gizem Örge 26 April 1993 1.70 Libero  Turkey
2 Gözde Kırdar 26 June 1985 1.83 Outside hitter  Turkey
3 Cansu Özbay 17 October 1996 1.82 Setter  Turkey
5 Zhu Ting 29 November 1994 1.98 Outside hitter  China
6 Kübra Çalışkan 13 October 1994 1.97 Middle Blocker  Turkey
7 Kelsey Robinson 25 June 1992 1.88 Outside hitter  United States
8 Melis Gürkaynak 20 April 1990 1.85 Middle Blocker  Turkey
9 Ayça Aykaç 27 February 1996 1.75 Libero  Turkey
10 Lonneke Slöetjes 15 November 1990 1.92 Opposite Hitter  Netherlands
11 Naz Aydemir Akyol 14 August 1990 1.86 Setter  Turkey
14 Melis Durul 21 October 1993 1.85 Opposite Hitter  Turkey
16 Milena Rašić 25 October 1990 1.93 Middle Blocker  Serbia
17 Tuğba Şenoğlu 2 February 1998 1.84 Outside hitter  Turkey
18 Zehra Güneş 7 July 1999 1.94 Middle Blocker  Turkey


International competitions[edit]

National competitions[edit]

Previous names[edit]

  • 1986–1999: Güneş Sigorta
  • 1999–2009: Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta
  • 2009–2011: Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta Türk Telekom
  • 2011–2012: Vakıfbank Türk Telekom
  • 2012–present: Vakıfbank

Notable players[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Vakıfbank 73 yaptı çeyrek finale kaldı". Fanatik (in Turkish). 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  2. ^ "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  3. ^ "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  4. ^ "Yeni isimleri Vakıfbank Türk Telekom oldu".
  5. ^ Historic achievements of Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta women's volleyball team
  6. ^ "VakifBank unveil their new state-of-the-art home at VakıfBank Spor Sarayı". CEV. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
  7. ^ Missing or empty |title= (help)
  8. ^ "VakıfBank First Team". VakıfBank Sports Club. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  9. ^ "VakıfBank Istanbul - Team details". CEV. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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