| 6 March 1980 (age 35)
Ankara, Turkey (1980-03-06) |
PTT Turk Telekom SK
PTT Turk Telekom
Anadolu Uni, Eskisehir
Milli Piyango SK
CS Oltchim Ramnicu Valcea
Yeliz Özel (born 6 March 1980, in Ankara) is a Turkish handballer, who plays for Yenimahalle Bld. SK and the Turkish national team. She is widely considered best handball player ever from Turkey.
Yeliz Özel Wikipedia
She started her career in Ankara team PTT, played first European Cup level matches same year. With outstanding skills in game-reading, Yeliz labelled as a 'prominent young talent' by several handball experts. She transferred to Norway League for Byåsen Trondheim, played there one full season. Then she back to Turkey to play in Eskisehir Anadolu University and Uskudar Belediyesi SK.
In 2004, Yeliz went to Skopje to playing for Kometal Gjorče Petrov Skopje. After a brilliant stint there, she was one of the best players of EHF Champions League 2004–05 season. She scored 61 goals and made a huge contribution to promote her team final.
In June 2010, Yeliz Özel signed for Romania's top club CS Oltchim Râmnicu Vâlcea. Played two season in Romania, then she returned again to her home country back.
Özel returned home in June 2012 to rejoin her former team Üsküdar Belediyespor. After one season, she transferred to the Ankara-based team Yenimahalle Bld. SK.
Özel was a member of the Turkey women's national handball team, and served as their captain. She was part of the team, which won the silver meedal at the 2009 Mediterranean Games held in Pescara, Italy.Turkish Women's Handball Super League
Winners (5): 2003–04, 2007–08, 2008–09, 2009–10, 2014–15
Runners-up (2): 2012–13, 2013–14
Women's EHF Champions League
Runner-up (1): 2004–05
Handball at the Mediterranean Games
Runner-up (1): 2009