VakifBank kept winning streak in Champions League

VakifBank kept winning streak in Champions League

The ‘Match of the Week’ featuring titleholders VakıfBank ISTANBUL and Russia’s Dinamo MOSCOW will draw much of the attention – especially since the Muscovites need a positive result in order to remain in contention for a spot in the Playoffs.  

VakifBank ISTANBUL (TUR) vs. Dinamo MOSCOW (RUS)

  • VakifBank ISTANBUL claimed four titles in 2017, i.e. the CEV Volleyball Champions League, the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship, Turkey’s Supercup and national cup.
 • VakifBank ISTANBUL were the first Turkish team to win Europe’s elite club competition – in 2011 – and the only one to have three titles to their name – 2011, 2013 and 2017.
 • VakifBank have not lost a Champions League home match since December 11, 2014 when they lost 1-3 to France’s RC CANNES.
 • It is the last home match in Pool D for VakifBank where they have three wins in as many matches so far.

 VakifBank team captain Gözde Kirdar: “Dinamo MOSCOW is an incredibly strong team, especially in attack. They recently transferred a player to strengthen their roster. It will be a very important match for us, because we want to secure first place in Pool D. We are working very hard for this match and I hope our supporters will not leave us alone.”

 VakifBank middle blocker Milena Rasic: “Dinamo MOSCOW is a very good team. I am sure they will come here to give everything they can. We know how important this game is for us and for them as well. We have to be ready for this match.”

VakifBank ISTANBUL head coach Giovanni Guidetti: “For sure this will be a very different match from the one that we had in Moscow. This match will be Dinamo MOSCOW’s last chance to stay in contention for a spot in the Playoffs. They have a new and very good player in attack. It will be a very difficult match for us. We have to play very carefully.”

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  • VakıfBank has no welcome10/30/2015

    Istanbul, Turkey, October 28, 2015. Last year’s bronze medallists, Turkey’s VakifBank ISTANBUL, opened their campaign in the 2016 edition of the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League with...

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    VakıfBank has no welcome

    Istanbul, Turkey, October 28, 2015. Last year’s bronze medallists, Turkey’s VakifBank ISTANBUL, opened their campaign in the 2016 edition of the CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League with a 3:1 victory in their home match with Italy’s rookies Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA (25-20, 21-25, 25-20, 25-18). The home side was paced by Dutch opposite Lonneke Slöetjes with 25 points, a nice follow up to the stellar performance she recently delivered at the 2015 women’s EuroVolley with her national team.

    Apart from Slöetjes, also team captain Gözde Kirdar performed well for VakifBank as she finished the game on 15 points. Samanta Fabris and Cristina Chirichella topped the charts for NOVARA with 25 and 10 points, respectively.

    The mentor of VakifBank, Giovanni Guidetti, said: “Tonight we played against a very good team and of course I am very happy about the result. Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA have a good coaching staff and good players, so they deserve our full respect. With this result we started our adventure in the Champions League as we wanted. I am happy with my team, and especially with the motivation and attitude that they have showed tonight.”

    Top scorer Lonneke Slöetjes added: “I am very happy to start with three points. We made some mistakes but we managed to get rid of these mistakes as the match progressed and played very good volleyball. We enjoyed our game as we have been doing also during our training sessions. Also the atmosphere was very good. This game was also the first Champions League match of my career. Of course I felt a little bit nervous at the beginning but the result is just perfect for me and also for my team.”

    The coach of Igor Gorgonzola NOVARA, Luciano Pedullà, said: “Today we leave the court with good feelings because from time to time we played very well. But sometimes we were not as good, unfortunately. We lost because we made too many mistakes and we couldn’t keep the rhythm of our opponent. At the break points VakifBank ISTANBUL were more aggressive than us and always tried to attack with high balls. And that was the key of the game and instrumental to their success.”

    Team captain Martina Guiggi said: “It was a very important game for us. We are a new and young team, and we need more time to find the right chemistry. Tonight we played against the best team in the world. We could only play one set at their level. Now we have to watch the game again and learn from our mistakes. In our group I think we will challenge PGE Atom Trefl SOPOT for second place.”

  • VakifBank ISTANBUL celebrate 30th anniversary in Volleyball10/15/2015

    Istanbul, Turkey, October 13...

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    VakifBank ISTANBUL celebrate 30th anniversary in Volleyball

    Istanbul, Turkey, October 13, 2015. As they celebrate the thirteenth anniversary since they embarked on their Volleyball adventure, Turkey’s VakifBank ISTANBUL recently organised a media meeting before the start of the upcoming 2015-2016 season. The players and members of the coaching staff from the team dressed in black and yellow enjoyed this opportunity to share their feelings and expectations for a campaign whose kick off is now just around the corner.

    The press conference was attended by the club’s chairman, Mr Osman Demren, head coach Giovanni Guidetti, players, technical staff and also by Arzu Kaprol, one of the world’s most famous fashion designers who has conceived and produced the shirts and training sets that VakifBank will be wearing during the 2015-2016 season.

    As they have set very high goals for this upcoming campaign, VakifBank signed contracts with as many as six elite players during the summer break. 2014 world champion and MVP of that same competition Kimberly Hill from USA has joined the ranks of VakifBank, alongside Anne Buijs and Lonneke Slöetjes who just claimed silver with the Dutch national team at the 2015 women’s EuroVolley. VakifBank have also signed three members of Turkey’s national team, i.e. Seda Aslanyürek (Tokatlioglu), Cansu Cetin and Ayse Melis Gürkaynak. They have also extended the contracts of another three Turkish Volleyball stars, i.e. team captain Gözde Kirdar, Hatice Gizem Örge and Ayca Aykac.

    VakifBank are the first Turkish team to win the CEV Volleyball Champions League – they did so in 2011 – and the only one to have repeated this achievement – in 2013. They are also Turkey’s only team to have a complete set of trophies including all three European Cup competitions, and so their goals are extremely high also for the coming season.

    VakifBank have also eight titles from Turkey’s national league on their resume plus a gold medal from the 2013 edition of the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship. Also in 2013, they set an all-time record of 73 consecutive wins by combining national, European and world competitions which was officially acknowledged as such by the Guinness Book of Records.

    The chairman of the club, Mr Osman Demren, said: “We already have achieved many successes since 1986 and today we are about to celebrate our 30th anniversary in Volleyball. We have achieved great results for the past 29 years. Our first goal for the coming season is to claim the Champions Cup, previously known as Turkey’s Supercup, which will be played in Ankara next week. I would like to wish the best of luck and much success to all teams competing in the Turkish national league as well as in the European Cups. I hope for a season with no injuries and where the best team will eventually win the championship.”

    Also referring to the club’s 30th anniversary Mr Demren said: “The jerseys and training sets for the coming season to be used by our players and coaching staff were designed and produced by our dear friend Arzu Kaprol, one of the world’s most famous fashion designers from Turkey. On behalf of the VakifBank sports club I would like to thank Arzu Kaprol and her team for the excellent result of their work.”

  • VakıfBank qualified for next round1/22/2015

    Istanbul, Turkey, January 21, 2015. VakifBank...

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    VakıfBank qualified for next round

    Istanbul, Turkey, January 21, 2015. VakifBank ISTANBUL, having two European Champions League title, defeated the last champion of Italian League Nordmeccanica PIACENZA in the fifth leg of 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women’s Pool E by 3:2. The top scorers of the game were Sheilla Castro with 20 points and Milena Rasic with 18 points (6 blocks).

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, which take part in the 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League in Group E, won the match with Nordmeccanica PIACENZA by 3:2 and qualified for next round. VakifBank ISTANBUL started with Naz Akyol, Gözde Sonsirma, Milena Rasic, Sheilla Castro, Elitsa Vasileva, Robin de Kruijf and Gizem Orge (Libero). The first set ended with the leadership of Nordmeccanica PIACENZA by 19-25. Then the away team won the second set with the score 22-25 and made the score 0:2.

    With the third set of the game VakifBank ISTANBUL catched their rythm and won this set as 25-14. At the fourth set VakifBank ISTANBUL continued their aggressively game and made the score 2:2 by 25-13 .

    The tie-break was so fantastic. Even so Nordmeccanica PIACENZA used six time match point, VakifBank ISTANBUL hold on to the match and won the set 21-19. By this result VakifBank ISTANBUL guaranteed the qualification for the next round.

    The head coach of VakifBank ISTANBUL Giovanni Guidetti said “It is very good to see the team’s reaction an fight like crazy to not lose the match. That is a very good signal and I am very happy about this. We didn’t accept to loose and we really changed the game. I believe we have the quality to play like this from beginning of the game, so we could have won this 3:0. But it is important we won the game.”

    The Brazilian star of the VakifBank ISTANBUL Sheilla Castro said “We couldn’t play well in the first two set. We were bad at attack, serve and everything. But then we succeeded to hold on and win the game. I am happy because we turned the game and for the important two points.”

    The head coach of Nordmeccanica PIACENZA Allessandro Chiappini said “I am very happy the performance of my team. We played well but couldn’t finish the game. VakifBank came very well. We had so many opportunities at the tie-break but we couldn’t use them. We are not celebrate but we had to be happy by the performance.”

    The setter of the Nordmeccanica PIACENZA Frauke Drickx said “I think it was a good game. We started well and played good at the first two sets. The of course they came back and we made so many mistakes, because they are a strong team. They served a lot better than they did in the first two sets. I think we played well at fifth, but we made mistakes again. If anyone said us we will lose 3:2 here before the game, I wouldn’t believe. So we can be happy about the result.”

  • VakifBank aims to get a second victory in the away match in Italy11/25/2014

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, having two European...

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    VakifBank aims to get a second victory in the away match in Italy

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, having two European Champions League title, is going to play against the last champion of Italian League Nordmeccanica PIACENZA in the 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League – Women’s Pool E. The match is going to take place in Piacenza on 26 November 2014 at 20:30 local time.

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, being the most successful Turkish team in the history of European Champions League, is going to play against the Italian Nordmecannica PIACENZA in the second match of Group E.

    In the other match of group E, Partizan BEOGRAD who lost their first match (3-0) against VakifBank ISTANBUL in the first week, is going to play with RC CANNES which defeat Nordmeccanica PIACENZA in a home match.

    VakifBank ISTANBUL’s head coach Giovanni Guidetti who won 2 Champions League with his team said that “ All matches are important in this tournament. Last Italy Champion PIACENZA is a respected competitor. They struggled against RC CANNES very well and played 5 sets. Nordmeccanica PIACENZA has very quality players and we must be careful about them. I think that as VakifBank ISTANBUL, we are playing better day by day. We want to win this game and want to maintain our leadership after this match.”

    Robin de Kruijf added “We will play against Piacenza and I will see my former teammates. That’s why I am so excited. Our competitor is the last champion of Italy and they have strong team. I think that the match will be really difficult but I believe we win the match.”

    Group matches of VakifBank ISTANBUL

    VakifBank ISTANBUL – Partizan Vizura BEOGRAD 3-0

    Nordmecannica PIACENZA – VakifBank ISTANBUL / 26 November 2014

    VakifBank ISTANBUL – RC CANNES / 11 December 2014

    RC CANNES – VakifBank ISTANBUL / 13 January 2015

    VakifBank ISTANBUL – Nordmecannica PIACENZA / 21 January 2015

    Partizan Vizura BEOGRAD – VakifBank ISTANBUL / 28 January 2015

  • VakifBank cruises to speedy home victory 11/13/2014

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, which takes part in ...

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    VakifBank cruises to speedy home victory

    VakifBank ISTANBUL, which takes part in the 2015 CEV DenizBank Volleyball Champions League - Women's Pool E, began the league round matches with a 3:0 (25-18, 25-10, 25-19) victory over Partizan Vizura BEOGRAD.

    VakifBank started with Kubra Akman, Sheilla Castro, Elitsa Vasileva, Milena Rasic, Naz Akyol, Carolina Costagrande and Gizem Karadayi and got a 25-18 win in the first set. After that, in the second set, VakifBank continued their overstanding play which lead them to win the set by 25-10, making the score 2:0. The home side's domination spread into the third set which was won by 25-19. Elitsa Vasileva (12 points) and Kubra Akman (10 points) were VakifBank's top scorers.

    After the victory, head coach Giovanni Guidetti said: “Partizan Vizura BEOGRAD is young and good team. But we are a very strong and experienced team. Today all our players performed very well and completed all the tasks they are given. We are happy with this result. I also thank our main sponsor VakıfBank and our fans about the organisation that made the game more colourful.”

    “I am glad with the result of the first game," Milena Rasic added. Partizan Vizura is a young and talented team. We gave our best for this match today. I am so proud of our team. Altogether we played very well.”

    Partizan’s head coach Slobodan Radivojevic commented: “I congratulate VakiffBank. They are a very strong team and they have very well-known players. We cannot expect much from this match. I want to also congratulate my team and we will look forward to the following games in the tournament.”

    “The result is not important. I can say just two sentences. We have too young a team and our team has played its first match in the Champions League. VakifBank is the stronger team and, yes, we will try our best for the next games,” Partizan's captain Busa Bianka stated.

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