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 adds the Bulgarian star to the team6/5/2014

    Elitsa Vasileva first started playing volleyball with the guidance of her coach.

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    6/5/2014

    VakıfBank adds the Bulgarian star to the team

    Elitsa Vasileva first started playing volleyball with the guidance of her coach. After 2 years, she started playing basketball with her sister at the age of 11 and made statements on our official website wearing her new VakıfBank jersey. After playing in Italy, Brazil and South Korea, “Etsi” expressed her happiness of being in Turkey which is a close country to Bulgaria. She also drew attention with her joyful behaviours and energetic appearance throughout the interview. 
    As well as holding too much information about Turkey, she enjoys reading translated Turkish books and is familiar with the Turkish cuisine. Vasileva also added that she always dreamed of living in Turkey and is already counting days for the new season. 
     
    VB:  Welcome to VakifBank and our country. As a Bulgarian, Turkey is not a far country to you. How does it feel to be in Turkey and VakifBank?


    EV: It is really nice to be here in Turkey. I still cannot believe I am here and will be here for the whole season. It is like a dream come true. And I’m also very happy that Turkey is very close to Bulgaria and I will be close to my family.
    VB: In spite of your young age, you gained a lot of experience in Italy, Brazil and South Korea. Now you are in Turkey. Did you ever plan playing in different countries which have very different volleyball cultures, or did it occur spontaneously?


    EV: last year South Korea was the best to choose from all the choices I had .Brazil, however, was one of my dreams and a country that I really wanted to go. I wanted to learn Brazilian volleyball and gain experience. Also, I really wanted to work with Ze Roberto and I made it happen. About Turkey, as I mentioned before, I really wanted to come here a lot. I follow the Turkish League and know the teams that play here. I always watch the Turkish League matches when I have time. It is really a high-quality league and I am very happy that I am going to take a place in this league.


    VB: You are a world record holder with your 57 points in one match in South Korea. What happened in that match? How does it feel to be a world record holder?


    EV:  I do not see this as a big success actually. We played a 5-set match and all I thought was to win it. Our setter chose me a little more to throw passes and this was the result. I could not believe it either when I looked at the score sheet after the match.  All of my achievements makes my family and friends happy and that’s what only matters for me.




    VB: By signing with VakifBank, you are back in European volleyball. What are your goals and expectation here?


    EV: I want to improve my game in every match I play with VakifBank and I want to win all of our matches. I hope we achieve this as a team. 
    VB: You are going to play against Turkish National Team with the Bulgarian National Team. What do you think about that match? Who impresses you the most among Turkish volleyball players?


    EV: I think we are going to play high-level matches against the Turkish National Team. We are going to play in World Championship and every country will be aiming to pass through the group matches. Turkey is a really good team with good quality volleyball players. I think both teams are going to be strong and the spectators will watch breathtaking matches. I know Naz Akyol and Gözde Sonsırma from VakıfBank in Turkey and I also know Gözde’s twin sister Özge Çemberci. Naz and Gözde are really very successful players.


    VB: There is going to be a tough competition both in the team and all for the championships. Are you ready for this?


    EV: I am definitely ready to compete. I am look forward to the day that I am going to be on the volleyball court with my team. I think if we play as a team, we will be successful in every championship. Of course we are going to have very strong opponents, but if we manage to act as a team on the court I think there is no match that we cannot win.


    VB: Do you have any message to the whole VakıfBank family and fans?  


    EV: I am very happy to be here and I look forward to the first match to see my VakifBank family and fans.




    For Press Release, Player interview and photographs follow the link below.


    http://www.vakifbanksporkulubu.com/media-kosesi.aspx?pageID=64 

  • World Record Holder Vasileva arrives at VakıfBank6/4/2014

    VakıfBank without doubt has become the star team

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    6/4/2014

    World Record Holder Vasileva arrives at VakıfBank

    VakıfBank without doubt has become the star team during the transfer season; the final external transfer has been carried out by adding the Bulgarian World Record holder Elitsa Vasileva to the team. The successful player displayed a record by scoring 57 times in one game while playing at her previous team Heungkuk Life in South Korea.


    VakıfBank’s recent World star external transfers included Sheilla Castro, Robin de Kruijf, Milena Rasic and the fourth transfer is now completed by adding the Bulgarian star Elitsa Vasileva to the team. The 1990 born, world record holder is 194cm tall and plays as a spiker. The successful player will wear the yellow-black team jersey for this season. 


    The Bulgarian player first her career playing for CSKA Sofia and continued her career playing for Esperia Cremona, Sirio Perugia and Volley Bergamo teams in Italy.  The spiker then transferred from Europe to South America to play at Campinas in Brazil and later the record holder moved to South Korea to play at Heungkuk Life. Vasileva has experienced Championships both in Bulgaria and Italy, also gaining the Italian Super Cup Championship.  While playing at Heungkuk Life, the successful player held a world record in scoring 57 points in one game.


    Vasileva expressed how happy she was as she will wear VakıfBank’s jersey for the upcoming seasons adding ‘’ It is really nice to be here in Turkey. I still cannot believe I am here and will be here for the whole season. It is like a dream come true’’. The star also added that she is ready to compete, and if the team displays their potential on court, there is no team they cannot win. The star also said ‘’ Naz and Gözde from VakıfBank are the two Turkish players that have always impressed me and it is going to be a pleasure to play together with them.’’


    VakıfBank Sports Club Chairman Osman Demren expressed his views by adding ‘’ in line with our plans for the upcoming season after transferring Robin de Kruijf, Sheilla Castro and Milena Rasic; we have finalised our foreign external transfers by bringing one of the most important spikers in this generation, Elitsa Vasileva to our team. VakıfBank is a club that always aims for success and insists on quality. We have established stability to continue adding new successes and strongly believe that within the next season in Turkey and Europe we will remain as one of the favourites and we’re confident that Elitsa Vasileva will have great contributions to our team during this journey.”


    For Press Release, Player interview and photographs follow the link below.

    http://www.vakifbanksporkulubu.com/media-kosesi.aspx?pageID=64


  • Milena Rasic Joins VakıfBank5/23/2014

    VakıfBank has become the star icon through its striking transfers.

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    5/23/2014

    Milena Rasic Joins VakıfBank

    VakıfBank has become the star icon through its striking transfers. The team added a further star to the club by transferring Milena Rasic from RC Cannes and this is the third external transfer the team has established; after recently adding Robin de Kruijf and Sheilla Castro.


    VakıfBank has continued its world star transfers recently adding Robin de Kruijf and Sheilla Castro to the team and the third move was to transfer the Serbian star Milena Rasic. The 1990 born middle blocker will wear the yellow - black team shirt for the upcoming season. Milena first started her volleyball career playing for Sumadija AV Belgrad and in 2007 signed her first official contract with Dinamo Pancevo. In 2010, Milena joined RC Cannes in France and played there for four seasons winning the French League and the French Cup in a row. The Serbian star has many personal awards such as; achieving the ‘The Best Middle Blocker’ awards in the French League in all four seasons playing there.


    The star mentioned how happy she was in joining VakıfBank, adding ‘’I have heard very good views about Turkey and VakıfBank and I’m going to enjoy living here while playing for VakıfBank.  As a team our aim will be to win all the championships in all tournaments and will never settle for second place’’. The star also underlined that the Turkish League and European Champions League has very strong teams but is always ready to compete against them. Milena also mentioned that throughout the time she has competed together with the Serbian National Team, the games that were played against the Turkish National Team have always been very challenging but enjoyable. The star expressed that she is very happy to play in the same team together with Gözde Sonsırma who has always been extremely challenging for her. The Serbian star also said ‘’ I’ve heard many good things about this place and I want my story to continue here and I want everyone that supports us to know that I will do my best here.’’


    VakıfBank Sports Club Chairman Osman Demren expressed his views saying that ‘’as a club we aim to stabilize our success, hence why we are continuing to add world stars to our team. With the request of our staff, we have added Robin de Kruijf and Sheilla Castro just recently and now have topped up our team by bringing one of the world’s most important middle blockers, Milena Rasic. We are very confident that she will contribute greatly to our team.’’


    Milena Rasic


    Milena Rasic was born in Serbia, Pancevo on the 25th of October 1990 and first started volleyball when she was just 12 years old playing for Sumadija AV Belgrad. She signed her first professional contract with Dinamo Pancevo in 2007 and wore the team shirt for 3 years. The successful middle blocker later joined RC Cannes in 2010 and experienced her peak success during her time there. Milena became an essential player for a further 4 seasons while at RC Cannes and experienced 4 consecutive league and cup championships and together with her team she gained a bronze medal in 2010 and silver medal in 2012 during the European Champions league. The successful player later joined VakıfBank for the 2014-2015 season. The successful middle blocker is 193 cm tall with a 312 cm spike and 293 cm block height.


    Milena Rasic has many accomplishments together with her National team with 1 European Champions championship, 3 European Champions League and 2 World Grand Prix 2nd place. Milena was also performed 2012 London Olympic Games with her National team and has the following individual awards:


    World Grand Prix: Best Spiker Player (2011) 
    World Grand Prix: Second Best Middle Blocker (2013) 
    French League: The Best Middle Blocker (2010-2011, 2011-2012, 2012-2013, 2013-2014)


    For Press Release, Player interview and photographs follow the link below.


    http://www.vakifbanksporkulubu.com/media-kosesi.aspx?pageID=64 

  • VakıfBank adds the Serbian star to the team5/23/2014

    Milena Rasic speaks to our official website stating that she came to VakıfBank to experience championships and together with the team

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    5/23/2014

    VakıfBank adds the Serbian star to the team

    Milena Rasic speaks to our official website stating that she came to VakıfBank to experience championships and together with the team, she will never settle for second place in any tournament and will only seek top place in all tournaments. Milena also added that she wants her story to continue here.

    After spending a long and successful adventure in France, how does it feel to be in Istanbul and at VakıfBank?

    Yes, I spent very pleasant days in France and felt at home there. I was very happy to play for RC Cannes but now I’m in Istanbul and I’m sure I will experience the same feelings here as well. Istanbul is a very nice city and VakıfBank is a very good team.  Before arriving here, I heard very good reviews about the club through Jelena Nikolic and Jovana Brakocevic who used to play here and I hope it’ll be a very good season for us.

    Serbian players who have lived in Istanbul have adapted themselves to the city very quickly, what do you think of Istanbul and how your life might be ?

    I think Serbian and Turkish people are very similar and I think I will adapt very quickly apart from the traffic. I think I will spend a decent and nice time here. 

    VakıfBank aims to stay at the top again this season, so what are your expectations for the new season?

    I really want the best of everything and if we do our best while playing and work very hard I know we will receive very good results. In the Turkish League or European Champions League, I don’t think if we receive any results other than championships will ever be enough for us. So our only aim is becoming champions in every tournament. 

    You played for an unrivalled team in France, but the Turkish league is much competitive and intense. Are you prepared for this?

    That’s why I am here. The French league was okay, that’s why winning the French League with RC Cannes wasn’t so difficult. Our opponents in the French League weren’t that challenging compared to our opponents now in the Turkish League. I like tough and competitive matches, before I had to wait for the Champions League to experience this, but now every match is going to be tough and competitive and I like that. 

    In 2012 and last season, your previous team RC Cannes played a few intense games against VakıfBank, what do you remember from the games you have played against VakıfBank?

    I used to play against VakıfBank every year and they used to win us very comfortably in Istanbul, but when they came to play the away game in France it was very challenging for them back then. The atmosphere there heated us, that’s why it became difficult for our opponents to win against us at home. We won VakıfBank once in the golden set and lost once too. That’s sport, only one team can win and one team can lose, the strong and lucky one will only win. Regardless of the results, it was a very enjoyable game to play. 

    Similarly in 2011 during the European Championship, the Serbian National team played an interesting match against the Turkish National team. Could you also mention your thoughts about that match too?

    Yes we won 3-2 and I remember that match very well because it was a very difficult match for both teams. Each set felt like a difficult separate game and everyone was competing unbelievably for the final. I think that day we were the lucky ones. After serving the ball, it rebounded and hit the net falling on to the Turkish side and that made us win the game.  Just before I served the ball, I motivated myself saying ‘’don’t think of anything else, just go and serve the ball’’. Later I just felt like screaming because it was such a difficult match and it was a very important win for us. 

    Who were the most challenging attacking players at VakifBank and the Turkish National Team?

    Last season Jovana and Gözde were very challenging for me and we prepared a lot to take precautions against them. Especially Gözde, her blocks, defense and attacks were extremely tough for me.  Neslihan, Neriman and Gözde again are the players who attack very well in the Turkish National team. 

    This summer will hold very important national team level tournaments such as Grand Prix and World Championships. What chances do you think Serbia and Turkey hold in these tournaments? 

    I think it’s quite early to talk about this right now as we have to spend a very good preparation period and the Grand Prix tournament is going to be a very tiring tournament. After that, we have to concentrate for the World Championship tournament. Serbia and Turkey have a very strong team and both teams are dedicated and are willing to win. I hope this will be a very good summer for everyone. 

    And finally, what would you like to say to our big VakifBank Family and supporters?

    I’m very happy to be here meeting new people and I think I will feel at home here. I’ve heard very good things about this place and I want my story to continue here and I want everyone that supports us to know that I will do my best. 


    For Press Release, Player interview and photographs follow the link below.


    http://www.vakifbanksporkulubu.com/media-kosesi.aspx?pageID=64






  • Sheilla joins VakıfBank5/19/2014

    The Turkish Champions, VakıfBank has transferred the Brazilian Star Sheilla Castro known as...

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    5/19/2014

    Sheilla joins VakıfBank

    The Turkish Champions, VakıfBank has transferred the Brazilian Star Sheilla Castro known as one of the best players in the world. The Brazilian National Opposite player will wear VakıfBank’s team shirt for the upcoming season.


    VakıfBank recently added the Dutch star Robin de Kruijf to its team and the second external transfer move is completed by transferring the world famous Brazilian star Sheilla Castro. The 1983 born star Sheilla Castro, will wear the World and European Champion VakıfBank’s team shirt for the approaching season. The Brazilian star has many successes in her career, just last year her team reached the Brazilian League Championship and second place at World Club Championship. Sheilla plays as an opposite player and has been part of the Brazilian National team since the year 2002.


    Sheilla is very happy to join VakıfBank describing that ‘’ I’m happy to join such a strong team like VakıfBank. The only championship that is missing in my career is the European Championship and I really want to win it and of course I also want to continue the Turkish Championship series too. It really thrills me being in Istanbul. I can’t wait until the season begins, where I will go down to the court with my friends; I really look forward to it ‘’. Sheila also mentioned that she use to play with VakıfBank’s Italian star Costagrande and is happy to come together again. 


    VakıfBank Club Chairman Osman Demren added that ‘’ The pieces that we wanted to add to our new team for this season is beginning to establish. We are continuing with transfers to build a strong, energetic and enthusiastic team. Following our recent transfer with Robin de Kruijf, we have agreed with the world famous star Sheilla Castro.  Sheila Castro has a career filled with individual and team successes and we believe that she will add a lot to VakıfBank. We are happy to give our team and all Turkish Volleyball fans a world star like Sheila’’.
    After the signature ceremony, Sheilla Castro spent a day in Istanbul touring around and tasting Turkish Cuisine. The star was charmed and touched by the Historical Peninsula and Bosphorus tour and mentioned that throughout the time she will live in Istanbul, she will often tour around Istanbul.


    Sheilla Castro De Paula Blassioli


    The star was born on the 1st of July 1983 in Belo Horizonte; the Volleyball authorities have accepted the Brazilian star Sheilla Castro as one of the best players in volleyball. She signed her first official agreement at the age of 14 and played at Mackenzie for 3 years and later transferred to MRV Minas in the year 2000. After transferring to the Italian Scavolini Pesaro team in 2004, the star played in Italy for a further 4 years. She then later returned back to her home country and played for Sao Caetano, Unilever and Molico Osasco for two seasons each at these clubs. The successful opposite player was attached to VakıfBank’s colour before the 2014-2015 season. 


    The successful player has countless individual awards and Championships filled in her career winning the Olympics with her National team twice, Grand Prix 5 times, 2 Intercontinental world Cups, 5 South American Championships and 1 South American Youth Championship. 
    With her Club team successes she has won the World Club Championship once, the South American Club Championship once, 2 European CEV titles, Italian league once, Italian Cup once, 2 Brazilian League and 2 Brazilian Cup Championships. Sheilla Castro also won the following personal awards:


    Athlete of the Year: Brazilian Olympic Games (2012) 
    Intercontinental World Championships: Most Valuable Player (2005), Top Scorer (2005) 
    World Grand Prix: Most Valuable Player (2006, 2009) 
    FIFA Club World Championship: Most Valuable Player (2012), Top Scorer (2012) 
    European CEV Cup: The Best Server (2006) 
    Brazilian League: Best Spiker (2008, 2010), Best Server (2010), Top Scorer (2008) 
    Italian League: Top Scorer (2007)


    For Press Release, Player interview and photographs follow the link below.
    http://www.vakifbanksporkulubu.com/media-kosesi.aspx?pageID=64


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