6 March 1980 |
|Height||1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)|
|Playing position||Middle Back|
|PTT Türk Telekom SK
PTT Türk Telekom
Anadolu Uni, Eskisehir
Üsküdar Beld. SK
Maliye Milli Piyango SK
Üsküdar Beld. SK
Yenimahalle Bld. SK
|National team 1|
|1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 5 July 2012
She started her career in Ankara team PTT, played first European Cup level matches same year. With outstanding skills in game-reading, Yeliz labelled as a 'prominent young talent' by several handball experts. She transferred to Norway League for Byåsen Trondheim, played there one full season. Then she back to Turkey to play in Eskisehir Anadolu University and Uskudar Belediyesi SK.
In 2004, Yeliz went to Skopje to playing for Kometal Gjorče Petrov Skopje. After a brilliant stint there, she was one of the best players of EHF Champions League 2004–05 season. She scored 61 goals and made a huge contribution to promote her team final.
Özel was a member of the Turkey women's national handball team, and served as their captain. She was part of the team, which won the silver meedal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games held in Pescara, Italy.
- Winners (5): 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2014–15
- Runners-up (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
- Runner-up (1): 2004–05
- Runner-up (1): 2009
- "Yeliz Özel". European Handball Federation.
- "EHF Women's Champions League 2004/05 – Top 50 scorers". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 12 June 2012.
- "Yeliz'e Avrupa'dan özel ilgi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
- "Üsküdar Belediyesi'nin en özel transferi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
- "Yeliz Özel, Yenimahalle Belediyesi'nde". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
- "A Milli Takım Kaptanı Yeliz Özel'den Rize'ye Büyük Övgü!". Rizenin Sesi (in Turkish). 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
- "Hentbolda gümüş kazandık". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2016-02-09.
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