Vakıfbank Sports Club
|Full name||VakıfBank Spor Kulübü|
|Ground||Vakıfbank Sport Hall, Istanbul
|League||CEV Champions League|
|Website||Club home page|
Vakıfbank İstanbul, currently, one of the best volleyball teams in the world, winner of the 2013 FIVB Women's Club World Championship and the 2012–13 CEV Women's Champions League, is a Turkish volleyball club.
As of January 23, 2014, the team holds a 73-games winning streak record in domestic and international official competitions.
The team collected five championship trophies in 2013. (Perfect season#Volleyball)
The team was established following a merger between two separate teams: Vakıfbank and Güneş Sigorta. Vakıfbank was originally an Ankara-based team but moved to İstanbul after the merge. Their name changed to Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta, Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta Türk Telekom (VGSTT), Vakıfbank Türk Telekom and Vakıfbank respectively.
Vakıfbank won two unbeaten CEV Champions League championships in 2011 and 2013, and is the only unbeaten champions of the Champions League history. They also placed second in 1998 and 1999 in this competition. They won 2013 Club World Championship, CEV Top Teams Cup in 2004 and CEV Challenge Cup in 2008 while finishing 2nd in the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in 2011 and 3rd in the European Confederation Cup of 2000.
The team is coached by Italian Giovanni Guidetti. They won 47 games of 47 in the 2012–2013 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 and coaching staff for the 2013–2014 season with little changes: Jelena Nikolic, who took a break volleyball for one year, came back to the team and Italian international Carolina Costagrande transfers from Chinese club Guangdong Evergrande V.C. instead of Polish spiker Malgorzata Glinka and Japanese Saori Kimura. Glinka left the team after three great seasons and moved to her home country for familial reasons.
2016 - 2017 roster
|Jersey No.||Name||Date of Birth||Height (m)||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|
|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|
|12||Özge Nur Yurtdagülen||6 August 1993||1.93||Middle Blocker||Turkey|
|14||Melis Durul||21 October 1993||1.85||Opposite Hitter||Turkey|
|15||Kimberly Hill||30 November 1989||1.94||Outside Hitter||United States|
|16||Milena Rašić||25 October 1990||1.93||Middle Blocker||Serbia|
|17||Cansu Çetin||26 May 1993||1.83||Outside Hitter||Turkey|
Coach: Giovanni Guidetti
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- Carolina Costagrande (2013-2015)
- Elitsa Vasileva (2014-2015)
- Małgorzata Glinka-Mogentale (2010-2013)
- Maja Poljak (2009-2011)
- Kinga Maculewicz (2008-2010)
- Annerys Vargas (2007-2008)
- Angelina Grün (2008-2009)
- Christiane Fürst (2011-2014)
- Jelena Nikolić (2008-2012/2013-2014)
- Jovana Brakočević (2012-2014)
- Neslihan Demir (2002-2006/2008-2010)
- Polen Uslupehlivan (2008-2010/2012-2014)
- Arzu Göllü (2007-2010)
- Özge Kırdar Çemberci (2008-2012)
- Nilay Özdemir (2009-2012)
- Elif Ağca Öner (2001-2007/2008-2009)
- Gizem Güreşen (2009-2015)
- Bahar Toksoy (2007-2015)
- Ergül Avcı (2011-2013)
- Aysun Özbek (1996-2008)
- Güldeniz Önal (2008-2015)
- Sheilla Castro (2014-2016)
- Debby Stam (2009-2010)
- Robin de Kruijf (2014-2016)
- Anne Buijs (2015-2016)
- Zhu Ting (2016-)
- Lonneke Slöetjes (2015-)
- Saori Kimura (2012-2013)
- FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship
- Women's CEV Champions League
- CEV Cup
- Champions (1): 2004
- CEV Challenge Cup
- Champions (1): 2008
- Women's Top Volley International
- Champions (1): 2008
- Turkish Women's Volleyball League
- Turkish Cup
- Champions (5): 1995, 1997, 1998, 2013, 2014
- Turkish Super Cup
- Champions (2): 2013, 2014
- 1986–1999: Güneş Sigorta
- 1999–2009: Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta
- 2009–2011: Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta Türk Telekom
- 2011–2012: Vakıfbank Türk Telekom
- 2012–: Vakıfbank
- "Vakıfbank 73 yaptı çeyrek finale kaldı". Fanatik (in Turkish). 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
- "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2012. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
- "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
- Yeni isimleri Vakıfbank Türk Telekom oldu (Turkish)
- Historic achievements of Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta women's volleyball team
- "VakıfBank First Team". VakıfBank Sports Club. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
- "VakıfBank Istanbul - Team details". CEV. Retrieved 15 December 2016.