FIVB Volleyball Girls' U18 World Championship


 IST / VakifBank Istanbul

Team manager TUNÇ Burcu
Coach GUIDETTI Giovanni
Assistant coach AKBAÅž Ferhat
2nd assistant coach KAWAKITA Gen
Physiotherapist ERDOÄžAN Sabri
    No.   Name Lastname Shirt Name Birthdate Height Weight Spike Block Country
  C 2 Gozde Kirdar Sonsirma Gözde 26.06.1985 183 70 297 292 TUR
  L 3   Gizem Karadayi Gizem 14.01.1987 178 60 290 285 TUR
  5 Kubra Caliskan KÃœBRA 13.10.1994 200 88 310 310 TUR
  6   Jovana Brakocevic Brakocevic Canzian 05.03.1988 196 82 309 295 ITA
  10 Güldeniz Önal Güldeniz 25.03.1986 183 75 296 290 TUR
  11   Bahar Toksoy Toksoy 06.02.1988 190 68 315 305 TUR
  12 Jelena Nikolic Nikolic 13.04.1982 194 79 315 300 SRB
  13   Christiane Fürst Fürst 29.03.1985 193 80 323 307 GER
  14 Çagla Akin Akin 19.01.1995 178 70 300 280 TUR
  16   Polen Unver Unver 27.08.1990 193 65 320 310 TUR
  17 Naz Aydemir Akyol Naz 14.08.1990 186 68 304 294 TUR
  18   Carolina Del Pilar Costagrande Costagrande 15.10.1980 187 90 320 310 ITA
 C=Captain  L=Libero
Team profile

Turkish volleyball club Vakifbank Istanbul got its hold as one of the top European teams in recent years after winning the CEV Champions League in 2011 and 2013 – keeping two unbeaten records – a feat in Champions League history.

Italian coach Giovanni Guidetti’s system worked well and has created great accord among its players which resulted to a record winning streak of 47 matches in the 2012-2013 season in all competitions including the Champions League (12 matches), Turkish League (29 matches) and the Turkish Cup (6 matches).

After accomplishing their conquests this season, Guidetti has kept the team intact with some changes as Malgorzata Glinka’s departure for Poland and Saori Kimura’s transfer to another Turkish club team. Equally strong hitters Jelena Nikolic from Serbia and Carolina Costagrande from Italy will replace Glinka and Kimura.

Vakifbank Istanbul aim to improve its record by winning the top plum at the FIVB Women’s Club World Championship after being runners-up in last year’s edition.

Vakifbank Istanbul’s other achievements in the European level is placing second in 1998 and 1999 at the Champions League, winning the Top Teams Cup in 2004 and the Challenge Cup in 2008.

Coach profile

Giovanni Guidetti was born in Modena, Italy. His knack for the sport of volleyball came from his father, a former volleyball coach and author of one of the most famous volleyball technique books in Italy.

Guidetti played in the third division in Italy and after that, he started his coaching career at a very young age.

At age 23, he was already a head coach of an Italian A2 league team and then progressed as the head coach in the Italian A1 at age 25. Guidetti was the youngest in the Italian League history.

From 1997 to 2000, he was an assistant coach for the Italian women’s national team that qualified for the first time in the Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia. During this time, he was concurrently coaching the Italian junior team.

Guidetti’s became in demand because of his contemporary approach in coaching, bridging the gap between team officials and players. The talented, young coach journeyed and shared his expertise in different clubs and countries.

Since 2006, Guidetti has been calling the shots for the German women’s national team and have led the team to become a regular participant in the World Grand Prix and a top contender in the European Championship.

Guidetti’s arrival as coach in Vakifbank Istanbul in 2008, came as a positive move for the club. On his first season, he steered Vakifbank Istanbul to a championship followed by winning numerous titles including the two Champions League trophies that also earned them tickets for the World Club Championship.