Çukurova Basketball is waiting for Mersin’s support

Çukurova Basketball Club (ÇBK) Mersin Yenişehir Municipality General Coordinator Ender Ünlü said that this year they will represent Mersin in EuroLeague Women with the motto ‘championship’.

Ünlü said, “The biggest supporters of the basketball teams are the companies with the highest brand value in the province they are in. The logos of these companies are placed in front of the jerseys of the teams and in the advertising areas of the bottom of the fields. However, we have not had such a main sponsor until now. We expect the support of the city dynamics in this regard,” he said. said.

Çukurova Basketball Club (ÇBK) Mersin Yenişehir Municipality general coordinator Ender Ünlü, head coach Emre Vatansever and technical coordinator Zafer Kalaycıoğlu made statements about the season at the press conference held at the facilities. Noting that they started the season with the goal of 4 trophies and formed an ambitious team, Ünlü said, “The players we transferred are known as ‘stars’ in Europe and America, but we cannot explain this in our country. When we say Chelsea Grey, DeWanna Bonner or Jonquel Jones, we don’t find much response in people. When we say, ‘We have Ronaldo and Messi in women’s basketball’, giving an example from football, people’s views change. I try to explain it this way to get people’s attention. It will be possible to explain how valuable players and coaches are here, with the work of members of the press. We cannot do it alone,” he said.


Noting that Çukurova Basketball wants to be the unifying power of Mersin, Ünlü said, “We are not the team of any thought or organization. We are the team of all municipalities, all opinions, the people of Mersin. We want to be the unifying power of Mersin in the middle. The biggest supporter of basketball teams. are the companies with the highest brand value of the province they are in. The logos of these companies appear in front of the jerseys of the teams and in the advertising areas of the middle of the pitches. However, we have not had such a main sponsor until now. We still have the field environment and the front of the form is empty. We expect the support of the city dynamics in this regard. Mersin İdmanyurdu is the team of all of us. Like all our people, we want Mersin İdmanyurdu to be in the Super League. As a club, we are ready to help our red-dark blue team in every way, but let’s show the interest shown in football to women’s basketball. Whatever the champions league is in men’s football, the EuroLeague In other words, she is a woman representing Mersin in the champions league. Please let everyone know that we are a team. On the other hand, on behalf of my club and Mersin sports, I sincerely thank our esteemed governor, who made us feel very valuable and promised to do his best for our goals.”


Emre Vatansever, WNBA Licensed Head Coach of ÇBK, emphasized the need to focus on working, not on the goal of 4 trophies, and said:

“I want to look at what we did today. When you think too much about the trophy, you can’t get where you want. What did we do for that trophy today? Did we win a trophy when we entered the field today? Good results always come to good players and teams that work well. Even in the WNBA, there is not such a beautiful hall and that many opportunities. This place has a merit. We will do our best to reciprocate. I also have a call to our fans. “We have to put out something good and people need to watch it. Because it’s good with the fans. There is a team that the city owns. This city did what it was necessary and will continue to do so. We want to play against the crowd and the stands that motivate us.”

Noting that the cultural difference between the USA and Turkey is also felt in basketball, but pointing out that the leagues of the two countries should not be compared, Vatansever said, “There are two different cultures. Every culture has its own dynamics. Before going to America, I said, ‘What a big, special and beautiful place. ‘, but after I lived there, I said, ‘I wish I could go back to the dynamics of the Turkish league even if I live in the Turkish league.’ It would not be right to compare, but there is very little of the concept in ÇBK in WNBA teams. Even the WNBA team I work for does not have the opportunities here. This is a really special place. I hope we can get the value out of it,” he said.


Technical coordinator Zafer Kalaycıoğlu stated that a difficult season awaits them and said, “According to my experience, I know that this season will be a difficult one. It is not easy to bring trophies here. We know that Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray are the clubs that have won the most trophies in women’s basketball. BOTAŞ Anatolian teams, except for the league and the Turkish Cup, had not won the championship. There are Mersin BSB and Hatay, who won the President’s Cup. Winning the Turkish Cup is not an easy task. Last year, this was achieved. 4 foreigners in the squad we won the cup did not play in the league final due to injuries, We are starting the season with this ambition. The success of Emre Vatansever, who I believe will be one of the successful coaches of the future, will make us happy. We want to reach the trophies with the support of our fans. Çukurova is ahead of all organizations and there is continuity. There is a continuity in the last year. we’re talking about the club here The support of all the dynamics of the city is very important,” he said.


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