Overview

Team profile

Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul (TUR)

In their fourth appearance at the FIVB Club World Championship this year Eczacibasi VitrA will be looking at retaining the crown they lost last year in Kobe to cross-town Istanbul rivals VakifBank.
No other club in the history of the competion had won back-to-back gold medals when Eczacibasi outlasted Pomi Casalmaggiore 3-2 in the 2016 final in Manila. A year earlier in Zurich Eczacibasi had claimed their first gold with a 3-1 win over Dinamo Krasnodar. And last year in Kobe, Eczacibasi finished the championship in the fourth place.
Founded in 1966, the club celebrated its 52nd anniversary this year. Eczacibasi have won the Turkish league title a record 28 times - though not since 2012. In the latest season of the domestic competition, 2017-18, they topped the standings in the Regular Season but succumbed to VakifBank in the final series.
After a silver medal in 1980 (losing to Czechoslovakia's Red Star Prague in the final) and a bronze in 2000, Eczacibasi won the ultimate European club title in 2015, defeating Italy's Yamamay Busto Arsizio in straight sets in the Champions League final in Szczecin. They picked up a bronze medal in 2017 after defeating Russia's Dinamo Moscow in the third-place playoff, but failed to qualifiy for the 2018 edition - though they do return again this season. Eczacibasi also won the European CEV Cup in 1999 and 2017.

Coach

Motta Marco Aurelio

Motta Marco Aurelio

Fofty-eight-year-old, Rio de Janeiro-born Marco Aurelio Motta began his coaching career in his home country of Brazil in the 1980s, leading the Bradesco to numerous national titles before moving on to head the country's Women's Junior National Team and lead them to gold at the 1987 FIVB Women's Junior World Championship.
He moved to Italy in the 1990s and coached Italy's Women's Junior National Team for several years, but returned to Brazil to take over the Women's Senior National for a couple of seasons.
Back in Europe, Marco Aurelio Motta joined Eczacibasi for a first stint and led them to two national titles, before taking charge of Turkey's Women's National Team to guide the side to bronze medals at the 2011 European Championship and 2012 FIVB World Grand Prix. Under his leadership Turkey qualified for the first time to the Olympic Games for a 9th-place finish at London 2012.
He has also led a youth development programme for several years in Brazil just before the turn of the century.

Staff

  • Team Manager Ural Nalan
  • Assistant coach Çelik Hasan
  • Second Assistant Coach İncekara Kaan
  • Doctor Demircan Ali
  • Physiotherapist Pişkin Seçkin

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