Vakıfbank Spor Kulübü

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Full name VakıfBank Spor Kulübü
Founded 1986
Ground Burhan Felek Sport Hall[citation needed], Istanbul
(Capacity: 7,000)
Chairman Osman Demren
Manager Giovanni Guidetti
Captain Gözde Kırdar Sonsırma

Turkish Women's Volleyball League

CEV Champions League
2012/13 FIVB Club World Championship Champion
CEV Champions League Champion
Website Club home page
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Vakıfbank İstanbul, 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-game winning streak record in domestic and international official competitions.[1]

Vakıfbank İstanbul won all 52 official games played during 2012-13 season [2] and all 51 official games played in year 2013.[3]

The team collected five championship trophies in 2013. (Perfect season#Volleyball)


The team was established following a merge between two separate teams: Vakıfbank and Güneş Sigorta.[citation needed] 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.[4]

Vakıfbank won two unbeaten[citation needed] 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 Club World Championship in 2011 and 3rd in the European Confederation Cup of 2000.[5]

The team is coached by Italian Giovanni Guidetti. They have won 47 games of 47 in 2012–2013 season[citation needed] 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 2013–2014 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]

2015–2016 roster[edit]

Jersey No. Name Date of Birth Height (m) Position Country
1 Gizem Örge (L) 26 April 1993 1.68 Libero  Turkey
2 Gözde Kırdar Sonsırma (C) November 25, 1985 1.83 Outside hitter  Turkey
5 Kübra Akman October 13, 1994 1.97 Middle Blocker  Turkey
7 Çağla Akın January 19, 1995 1.78 Setter  Turkey
9 Seda Tokatlıoğlu June 25, 1986 1.92 Outside Hitter  Turkey
8 Ayşe Melis Gürkaynak April 20, 1990 1.84 Middle Blocker  Turkey
10 Lonneke Slöetjes November 15, 1990 1.92 Opposite Hitter  Netherlands
11 Anne Buijs December 2, 1991 1.91 Outside Hitter  Netherlands
13 Sheilla Castro July 1st, 1983 1.87 Opposite Hitter  Brazil
- Robin de Kruijf May 5, 1991 1.92 Middle Blocker  Netherlands
15 Kimberly Hill November 30 ,1989 1.93 Outside Hitter  United States
16 Milena Rašić October 25, 1990 1.93 Middle Blocker  Serbia
17 Naz Aydemir August 14, 1990 1.86 Setter  Turkey
- Cansu Çetin May 26, 1993 1.83 Outside Hitter  Turkey

Coach: Italy Giovanni Guidetti


International success[edit]

National success[edit]

  • Turkish Champions Cup: 2013Simple cup icon.svg, 2014Simple cup icon.svg
  • Turkish League: 1992Simple cup icon.svg, 1993Simple cup icon.svg, 1997Simple cup icon.svg, 1998Simple cup icon.svg, 2004Simple cup icon.svg, 2005Simple cup icon.svg, 2013Simple cup icon.svg, 2014Simple cup icon.svg
  • Turkish Cup: 1995Simple cup icon.svg, 1997Simple cup icon.svg, 1998Simple cup icon.svg, 2013Simple cup icon.svg, 2014Simple cup icon.svg

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–: Vakıfbank

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