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The Club: VakifBank Istanbul

Who will challenge VakifBank Istanbul in 2020?
Lausanne, Switzerland, August 28, 2020 - With three FIVB Volleyball Women's Club World Championships and four European Champions League titles under their belt, VakifBank Istanbul are undeniably the top club of the decade - but following this year's abandoned competitions, they're now starting again from scratch, looking ahead to the 2020-21 season.

The 11-times national champions of Turkey still feature a roster that includes some of the top players in the world, under the leadership of head coach Giovanni Guidetti.

In addition to the most famous Turkish internationals, such as Kubra Akman and Meliha Ismailoglu amongst others, VakifBank will also be fielding a host of stars from across the globe.

Brazil's Gabi Guimaraes, Sweden's Isabelle Haak, USA's Michelle Bartsch-Hackley, plus Serbia's Milena Rasic and Maja Ognjenovic are all on the starting line, ready to thrill the club's fans.

This carries on from the tradition of VakifBank attracting the cream of world volleyball, with China's Zhu Ting, the Netherlands' Lonneke Sloetjes, Anne Buijs and Robin de Krujf, Bulgaria's Elitsa Vasileva, plus USA's Kim Hill and Kelsey Robinson just some of the huge names that have in the past made up the side's ranks.

The team are back in training, in preparation for the 2020-21 national league, set to begin on September 12 and the European Champions League set to follow later in autumn. Both these competitions were stopped prematurely for the 2019-20 season due to the coronavirus pandemic.

As things stand, VakifBank will be looking at defending their national title from 2019 and retaking the continental title which they won in 2017 and and 2018 but lost to Italy's Igor Gorgonzola Novara in 2019.

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