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Eczacıbaşı VitrA is the women's volleyball department of Eczacıbaşı S.K., a Turkish sports club based in Istanbul, Turkey. The team plays its home matches at the Eczacıbaşı Spor Salonu hall in Istanbul. Eczacıbaşı has won a record 17 Turkish League titles and a record eight Turkish Cups, amongst others. In the 2014–15 season they won the CEV Champions League and that gave them the ticket to capture the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zürich, a year later the club became the first club in the world to win the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown in the Philippines during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila.[1]

Eczacıbaşı VitrA
Eczacıbaşı Spor Klübü
Full nameEczacıbaşı SK Women's Volleyball Team
Short nameEczacıbaşı
GroundEczacıbaşı Spor Salonu, Istanbul
(Capacity: 1,000)
ChairmanTurkey Faruk Eczacıbaşı
CaptainUnited States Jordan Larson
LeagueTurkish Women's Volleyball League, CEV Champions League
WebsiteClub home page



The club has invested in women's volleyball for approximately 40 years and has pioneered for Turkish women's volleyball. The team plays in the CEV Champions League regularly.

The international achievements of Eczacıbaşı have set an example for Turkish volleyball and contributed to the success of the Turkish National Women's Volleyball Team. With its systematic and modern approach to the sport and close to 40 years' experience, Eczacıbaşı is one of the most highly respected volleyball clubs in Europe.

Eczacıbaşı women's volleyball team won the European Cup Winners' Cup in 1999. The club also finished 2nd in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 1980 and the CEV Cup of 1993; 3rd in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 2000 and the Top Teams Cup of 2005; and 4th in the European Champion Clubs' Cup of 1984 and the Champions' League of 2001 and 2002; in the season 2014–15 won the CEV Champions League and the 2015 FIVB World Club Championship in Zürich, and a year later the club became won the FIVB World Club Championship back-to-back by defending their crown during the 2016 FIVB World Club Championship in Manila, becoming the first and only club in volleyball history to achieve this outstanding feat.[2]

Eczacıbaşı has won more national championships than any other women's volleyball team in Turkey, with 28 Turkish League Championships[3] under its belt since it entered the league in 1968. In the 1972–1973 season, the team began to set its first record of consecutive wins, winning 17 Turkish League titles in a row. It repeated this performance another five years between 1999 and 2003, when it also won five Turkish Cups.

Over the years, Eczacıbaşı has worked with many internationally renowned players, such as Irina Ilchenko (Irina Simirrnova), Lioubov Chachkova (Lioubov Kılıç), Yelena Godina, Antonina Zetova, Yevgeniya Artamonova, Tatyana Gracheva, Barbara Ružić (Barbara Jelić), Antonella Del Core, Mirka Francia, Neslihan Darnel, Jordan Larson, Esra Gümüş and Gülden Kayalar. The team is managed by Italian coach Massimo Barbolini.

Team roster 2019–20Edit

No. Player Position Date of Birth Height (m) Country
1 Güldeniz Önal Outside Hitter 25 March 1986 1.83   Turkey
3 Tijana Bošković Opposite Hitter 8 March 1997 1.93   Serbia
4 Beyza Arıcı Middle Blocker 27 July 1995 1.92   Turkey
5 Simge Aköz Libero 23 April 1991 1.68   Turkey
6 Lauren Gibbemeyer Middle Blocker 8 September 1988 1.88   United States
7 Hande Baladın Outside Spiker 1 September 1997 1.89   Turkey
8 Gamze Alikaya Setter 1 January 1993 1.79   Turkey
9 Büşra Kılıçlı Middle Blocker 16 July 1990 1.92   Turkey
10 Kim Yeon-koung Outside Hitter 26 February 1988 1.92   South Korea
12 Natália Pereira Outside Hitter 04 April 1989 1.83   Brazil
15 Merve Atlıer Middle Blocker 31 March 2000 1.91   Turkey
17 Dilara Bağcı Libero 2 February 1994 1.65   Turkey
18 Jana Kulan Outside-spiker 7 July 1987 1.99   Azerbaijan
19 Carli Lloyd Setter 6 August 1989 1.80   United States

Technical staffEdit

As of 25 March 2017[4]

Country Name Position
  Nalan Ural Team Manager
  Marco Aurélio Motta Head Coach
  Riccardo Ton Fitness Coach
  Alper Hamurcu Assistant Coach
  Yunus Öçal Assistant Coach
  Seçkin Pişkin Physiotherapist
  Gianluca Grilli Physiotherapist
  Ömer Can Küçükaslan Assistant Coach
  Fedor Kuzin Assistant Coach
  Artun Aksan Statistician
  Sedat Tolga Aydoğ Doctor
  Ali Demircan Health Care Coordinator


International competitionsEdit

National competitionsEdit

  • Turkish Women's Volleyball League
    • Winners (17) (record): 1983–84, 1984–85, 1985–86, 1986–87, 1987–88, 1988–89, 1993–94, 1994–95, 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2005–06, 2006–07, 2007–08, 2011–12
    • Runners-up (2): 2017-18, 2018-19
  • Turkish Women's Volleyball Championship (defunct)
    • Winners (11) (record): 1973, 1974, 1975, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1979, 1980, 1981, 1982, 1983
  • Turkish Cup
    • Winners (9) (record): 1998–99, 1999–00, 2000–01, 2001–02, 2002–03, 2008–09, 2010–11, 2011–12, 2018-19
  • Turkish Super Cup
    • Winners (3): 2011, 2012, 2018

Notable playersEdit

See alsoEdit


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  3. ^ "Kadın Voleybol" (in Turkish). Eczacıbaşı Spor Kulübü. Retrieved 8 January 2013.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 16 October 2016. Retrieved 31 August 2016.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link)

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