Vakıfbank Sports Club

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Full name VakıfBank Spor Kulübü
Founded 1986
Ground VakıfBank Sports Palace[citation needed], Istanbul
(Capacity: 3,000)
Chairman Turkey Osman Demren
Manager Italy Giovanni Guidetti
Captain Turkey Gözde Kırdar

Turkish Women's Volleyball 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.[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 merger 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 Volleyball Women's Club World Championship in 2011 and 3rd in the European Confederation Cup of 2000.[5]

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

2016 - 2017 roster[edit]

2016-17 season Bursa Büyükşehir Belediyespor match roster

As of December 2016.[6][7]

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: Italy Giovanni Guidetti

Notable players[edit]


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–: Vakıfbank

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. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  3. ^ "Genel Fikstür". Turkish Volleyball Federation (in Turkish). 2013. Retrieved 2014-01-02. 
  4. ^ Yeni isimleri Vakıfbank Türk Telekom oldu (in Turkish)
  5. ^ Historic achievements of Vakıfbank Güneş Sigorta women's volleyball team
  6. ^ "VakıfBank First Team". VakıfBank Sports Club. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 
  7. ^ "VakıfBank Istanbul - Team details". CEV. Retrieved 15 December 2016. 

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