Team profile

Eczacibasi Vitra Istanbul

Reigning champions Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul play their second FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship this year.

The Turkish champions have a star-studded squad including Jordan Larson Burbach, a double FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship gold medallist (also with Dinamo Kazan), and an Olympic silver (2012) and bronze medallist (2016), as well as Turkish national player Neslihan Demir.

With the new signings of middle blocker Thaisa Menezes, wing spiker Tatiana Kosheleva, and setter Maja Ognjenovic, the Turkish club have been extremely active on the transfer market. Unsurprisingly, the Turks are among the favourites to win this year's trophy too.

One of Eczacibasi VitrA's most notable squads besides last year’s gold medallists were 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'.

At the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship in Manila, the defending FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Champions will face eleven-time Brazilian champions Rexona-Sesc Rio, hosts PSL Manila, and CEV Champions League winners Pomì Casalmaggiore.

Without doubt a very strong group, but Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul will have their eyes on a the gold medal after defeating Russia's Dinamo Krasnodar in last year's final in Zurich.

Founded in 1966, the club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. Eczacibasi have won the Turkish league title a record 28 times - though not since 2012. 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 final in Szczecin, Poland. They also won the European CEV Cup in 1999.


Massimo Barbolini

Massimo Barbolini

Fifty-two-year-old Massimo Barbolini will lead defending champions Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul at the 2016 FIVB Volleyball Women’s Club World Championship after leading Italy’s Pomi Casalmaggiore to the European Champions League title last year and then swapping places with his counterpart Giovanni Caprara.After a few years coaching men’s teams at the beginning of his career, Barbolini first worked with a women’s team in 1993 and led Parmalat Matera to the European Champions Cup title in 1996.He has done stints with the women’s national teams of Italy (fourth place in the 2006 FIVB Volleyball World Championship, gold in the 2007 and 2011 FIVB Volleyball World Cups, fifth place in the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and gold in the 2007 and 2009 European Championships) and Turkey.


  • Team Manager Nalan Ural
  • Assistant coach Alper Hamurcu
  • Second Assistant Coach Yunus Öçal
  • Doctor Gianluca Grilli
  • 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
3 3 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 8 9 3 3.000 285 223 1.278
Pomi Casalmaggiore
3 2 1 1 0 1 0 0 1 5 6 5 1.200 229 236 0.970
Rexona-Sesc Rio
3 1 2 1 0 0 2 0 0 5 7 6 1.166 281 264 1.064
PSL - F2 Logistics Manila
3 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 1 9 0.111 176 248 0.709