VakıfBank S.K.

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VakıfBank SK
VakıfBank SK logo.png
Full nameVakıfBank Spor Kulübü
GroundVakıfBank Sports Palace, Istanbul
(Capacity: 2,000)
ChairmanOsman Demren
ManagerGiovanni Guidetti
CaptainGözde Kırdar Sonsırma
LeagueTurkish Women's Volleyball League CEV Champions League
WebsiteClub home page
3 World Championships
4 European Championships
1 CEV Cup
1 CEV Challenge Cup
1 Top Volley International
10 Turkish Championships
6 Turkish Cups
3 Turkish Super Cups

VakıfBank Sports Club (Turkish: VakıfBank Spor Kulübü) are a Turkish volleyball club based in Istanbul, Turkey. Founded in 1986, VakıfBank SK are currently one of the best women's volleyball teams in the world, having won the FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championship a record three times and the European Champions League four times to date.[1]

From 23 October 2012 to 22 January 2014 the team held a 73-games winning streak in all official domestic and international competitions, which was acknowledged as a world record by Guinness World Records.[2][3] The club won all 52 official games played during the 2012–13 season[4] and all 51 official games played in 2013.[5] VakıfBank collected all five championship trophies unbeaten in the 2012–13 season, being the only club in volleyball history to have achieved this unparalleled feat.[2]


The team was established following a merger between two separate teams: VakıfBank and Güneş Sigorta.[1] VakıfBank were 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.[6]

VakıfBank won three unbeaten[citation needed] CEV Champions League championships in 2011, 2013, and 2017, and are the only unbeaten champions in European Champions League history. They also placed second in 1998 and 1999 in this competition. They won the 2013 and 2017 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.[7]

The team is coached by Italian Giovanni Guidetti. VakıfBank won 47 games of 47 in the 2012–13 season in all competitions including the European Champions League (12 games), Turkish League (29 games), and Turkish Cup (6 games). After that season, they kept most of the players 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]

From 23 October 2012 to 22 January 2014, VakıfBank won 73 consecutive victories in all official competitions, which was acknowledged as a world record by Guinness World Records. During this feat the team won an unprecedented 5 trophies including the Club World Championship, European Champions League, and the domestic treble consisting of the Turkish National League, Turkish Cup and Turkish Super Cup. Their streak was finally ended on 27 January 2014 in a game against rivals Fenerbahçe.[2]


Since 2016 the club play their home matches at the VakıfBank Sports Palace (Turkish: VakıfBank Spor Sarayı) in Istanbul, the venue has a 2,000 spectators capacity.[8]

Current Roster[edit]

2019–20 season[9]

Coach: Italy Giovanni Guidetti

Jersey No. Name Date Birth Height Position Country
1 Gizem Örge 26 April 1993 1.70 Libero  Turkey
3 Cansu Özbay 17 October 1996 1.82 Setter  Turkey
6 Kübra Çalışkan 13 October 1994 1.97 Middle Blocker  Turkey
7 Maja Ognjenović 6 August 1984 1.83 Setter  Serbia
8 Melis Gürkaynak 20 April 1990 1.85 Middle Blocker  Turkey
9 Ayça Aykaç 27 February 1996 1.75 Libero  Turkey
10 Gabriela Guimarães 19 May 1994 1.80 Outside Hitter  Brazil
11 Isabelle Haak 11 July 1999 1.94 Opposite Hitter  Sweden
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 1.97 Middle Blocker  Turkey


International competitions[edit]

Domestic 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. ^ a b "Tarihçe [History]". (in Turkish). VakıfBank SK. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  2. ^ a b c "Most consecutive volleyball victories in all competitions (female)". Guinness World Records. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Vakıfbank 73 yaptı çeyrek finale kaldı". Fanatik (in Turkish). 2014-01-23. Retrieved 2014-01-23.
  4. ^ "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2012. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  5. ^ "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2013. Archived from the original on 2014-01-02. Retrieved 2014-01-02.
  6. ^ "Yeni isimleri Vakıfbank Türk Telekom oldu". (in Turkish). Hürriyet. Retrieved 20 April 2019.
  7. ^ Historic achievements of Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta women's volleyball team
  8. ^ "VakifBank unveil their new state-of-the-art home at VakıfBank Spor Sarayı". CEV. 15 November 2016. Retrieved 2 September 2017.
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  10. ^ "VakıfBank First Team". VakıfBank Sports Club. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  11. ^ "VakıfBank Istanbul - Team details". CEV. Retrieved 15 December 2016.

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