In their third ever appearance at the FIVB Club World Championship Eczacibasi VitrA Istanbul will be looking a repeat of their successes in 2015 and 2016 for their third straight gold medal.
No other club in the history of the competion had won back-to-back gold medals when Eczacibasi outlasted Pomi Casalmaggiore 3-2 in last year's final in Manila. A year earlier in Zurich Eczacibasi had claimed their first gold with a 3-1 win over Dinamo Krasnodar.
Founded in 1966, the club celebrated 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 Champions League final in Szczecin. They also won the European CEV Cup in 1999.