The male transfer market was totally dominated by Russian clubs. This situation is similar in the female competition, however you can find two fundamental differences. Firstly, Turkish league (not Russian) is leading in the fight for best players, and secondly, Turks have very strong competitor from Azerbaijan. Look at this what last weeks brought.
We will start our report in Turkey, where is being built a new very strong team. It is talking about Galatasaray Istambul, which signed contracts with a Italian star – Simona Gioli (ex Fakel Nowy Urengoy) and one of the most talented Turkish female player – Neriman Ozsoy (Atom Sopot/Dinamo Krasnodar). Moreover, they updated new contracts with Eleonora Lo Bianco and Rosita Calderon. Not only did Galatasaray rely on great players, but the team also contracted a new famous coach – Massimo Barbolini. He is still the coach of Italian National Team, but after the Olympics in London, he will stop cooperation with Italian Federation.
Jekatetina Gamova will play in Istambul again. However, the tallest female player have chosen Fenerbahce. Gamova comes back to the club after 2 years spent in Dinamo Kazan, where she won the bronze medal in the Champions League this season. The future of the MVP of last Final 4 of the Champions League, Yeon-Koung Kim, is still unclear. It seems that she will not stay in Fenerbahce, but what is interesting, Kim did not accept an offer from Russia, worth 1.000.000 euro per year . It is said that she will not play in Europe and stay in her homeland. Another famous player who leaves Fenerbahce is Liubov Sokolova. She will spent the coming season in Russian Omichka Omsk.
In Russia, there are few interesting rosters. A Serbian setter Maja Ogjienović (LIU-JO Modena), Anja Spasojević (RC Cannes), and mentioned before Liubov Sokolova will constitute the strength of Omicha Omsk. The team will be coached by Zoran Terzić. Heather Bown also changes environment. After 1 year in warm Baku, she moves to cold Russia (Dinamo Kazan).
The opposite direction takes another American middle-blocker Foluke Akinradewo. She spent last season in Dinamo Krasnodar and now she goes to Azerbaijan (Rabita Baku). The some country may be chosen by Katarzyna Skorupa (Urbino Volley), Megan Hodge (Atom Sopot), Christina Bauer (Busto Arsizio).
On the Italian transfer market is quite calmly. The major teams are not strengthen. What is more, the new champion, Yamamay Busto Arsizio, may lose their superstars. A opposite Aneta Havilckova has offers from Russia and Helena Havelkova has proposals from Brazil, Poland and Azerbaijan.
In Poland, there is a first change in Polish champion – Atom Sopot. Mariola Zenik moves by the Baltic Sea from Muszynianka Muszyna. She replaced Paulina Maj, who goes to Muszyna. Muszynianka probably will be support by Sanja Popović (Modranska Prostejov, SVK), Valentina Serena (Foppapedretti Bergamo), Helene Rousseaux (Baki Baku), and Aleksandra Jagielo (return after maternity leave).