Yeliz Özel

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Yeliz Özel
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Personal information
Born (1980-03-06) 6 March 1980 (age 37)
Ankara, Turkey
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Middle Back
Club information
Current club Muratpaşa
Number 7
Senior clubs
Years Team
PTT Türk Telekom SK
Byåsen Trondheim
PTT Türk Telekom
Anadolu Uni, Eskisehir
Üsküdar Beld. SK
Kometal Skopje
Maliye Milli Piyango SK
CS Oltchim
Üsküdar Beld. SK
Yenimahalle Bld. SK
National team 1
Years Team Apps (Gls)
Turkey Turkey
1 National team caps and goals correct
as of 5 July 2012
Yeliz Özel (white/red) attacking Austria at the 2015 World Women's Handball Championship European qualification match.

Yeliz Özel (born 6 March 1980, in Ankara)[1] is a Turkish handballer, who plays for Muratpaşa and the Turkish national team. She is widely considered best handball player ever from Turkey.

Playing career[edit]


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.[2]

In June 2010, Yeliz Özel signed for Romania's top club CS Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea. Played two season in Romania, then she returned again to her home country back.[3]

Özel returned home in June 2012 to rejoin her former team Üsküdar Belediyespor.[4] After one season, she transferred to the Ankara-based team Yenimahalle Bld. SK.[5]


Özel was a member of the Turkey women's national handball team, and served as their captain.[6] She was part of the team, which won the silver meedal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games held in Pescara, Italy.[7]


Turkish Women's Handball Super League
  • Winners (5): 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2014–15
  • Runners-up (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
Women's EHF Champions League
  • Runner-up (1): 2004–05
Handball at the Mediterranean Games
  • Runner-up (1): 2009


  1. ^ "Yeliz Özel". European Handball Federation. 
  2. ^ "EHF Women's Champions League 2004/05 – Top 50 scorers". European Handball Federation. Retrieved 12 June 2012. 
  3. ^ "Yeliz'e Avrupa'dan özel ilgi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  4. ^ "Üsküdar Belediyesi'nin en özel transferi". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2012-06-01. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  5. ^ "Yeliz Özel, Yenimahalle Belediyesi'nde". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2013-07-30. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  6. ^ "A Milli Takım Kaptanı Yeliz Özel'den Rize'ye Büyük Övgü!". Rizenin Sesi (in Turkish). 2013-02-24. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 
  7. ^ "Hentbolda gümüş kazandık". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2009-07-05. Retrieved 2016-02-09. 

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