Team profile

Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul

Eczacibasi VitrA qualified for the World Club Championship by defeating Italian side Unendo Yamamay Busto Arsizio 3-0 to win the 2015 European Champions League. Their success at the tournament included many fine individual performances by the likes of Jordan Larsen-Burbach (Most Valuable Player), Gulden Kuzubasioglu (Best Libero) and Bethania De La Cruz De Pena (Best Outside Spiker).

The Istanbul-based club’s history in European competitions dates back to their second place in the 1980 European Champions League. Their only previous continental trophy was the 1999 European Cup Winners Cup. Eczacibasi VitrA have qualified for the Final Four of the Champions League several times since 2001, but failed to finish higher than fourth until their 2015 victory. They have won the Turkish national league 28 times, including 17 consecutive wins beginning in the 1972/73 season, and won all of their eight national cups between 1999 and 2012.

One of Eczacibasi VitrA's most notable squads was the 1980 team that finished second in the European Champions League. Their achievements coincided with the 100th anniversary of the birth of the Turkish Republic's founder, Mustafa Kemal Ataturk, and the team became known as 'The Daughters of Ataturk'.


Giovanni Caprara

Giovanni Caprara

Giovanni Caprara had instant success with Eczacibasi VitrA by guiding them to victory in the 2014/15 European Champions League in his first season in charge of the Istanbul-based club. Previously he coached several clubs in Italy, and won the Italian national league title four times, the Italian Cup three times and the Italian Super Cup five times. On the international stage, he coached the women's Russian national team to world championship glory in 2006, fifth place at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games, and bronze medals at the European Championship in 2005 and 2007.


  • Team Manager Nalan Ural
  • Assistant coach Alper Hamurcu
  • Doctor Ali Demircan
  • Physiotherapist Seçkin Piskin





Rank Teams Matches Result Details Sets Points
Total Won Lost 3-0 3-1 3-2 2-3 1-3 0-3 Points Won Lost Ratio Won Lost Ratio
Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul
2 1 1 1 0 0 1 0 0 4 5 3 1.666 183 164 1.115
Dinamo Krasnodar
2 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 1 3 3 4 0.750 161 154 1.045
Hisamitsu Springs Kobe
2 1 1 0 0 1 0 1 0 2 4 5 0.800 177 203 0.871