Axel Witsel

HOMETOWN: Liege, Belgium

DATE OF BIRTH: January 12, 1989

POSITION: Midfielder

TEAM: Borussia Dortmund / Belgian National Team



PROFESSIONAL HIGHLIGHTS:

Before the start of the 2018-19 season, Witsel signed with Bundesliga’s Borussia Dortmund
Prior to returning to Europe to play for Borussia Dortmund, Witsel competed for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian
Following a season in Portugal with S.L. Benfica, Witsel signed with Russian team Zenit Saint Petersburg of the Russian Premier League, where he was a part of two Russian Super Cup victories
After a long junior career playing for Belgian’s under-21 side, Witsel made his international debut for the Belgian National team on March 26, 2008. Since then, he has competed for the squad in the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, where he helped lead the squad to a third-place finish
Born in Belguim, Witsel began his career with hometown club Standard Liege in September 2006. At just 18 years old, Witsel played a crucial role for the 2007-08 squad that took home the Belgian League title. That same season, Witsel earned the Belgian Golden Shoe
AWARDS:

FIFA World Cup Third Place (2018)
Russian Cup (2015 – 2016)
Russian Super Cup (2015)
Russian Football Premier League (2014 – 2015)
O Jogo Team of the Year (2012)
Portuguese League Cup (2011 – 2012)
Belgian Cup (2010 – 2011)
Belgian Supercup (2008, 2009)
Belgian Pro League (2007 – 2008, 2008 – 2009)
Belgian Young Footballer of the Year (2007 – 2008)
Belgian Golden Shoe (2008)


OFF FIELD HIGHLIGHTS:

In his free time, Witsel enjoys spending time with his wife and children


MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS:

Axel Witsel Joins Borussia Dortmund After Successful China Stint– Forbes
Borussia Dortmund’s Axel Witsel has quickly emerged as a leader in midfield– ESPN
Axel Witsel: 5 things on the Borussia Dortmund and Belgium midfield ace–Bundesliga