Axel Witsel Biography
Axel Witsel is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian. During his play for the Belgium national team, he came into the first team as a right-winger, and can also play attacking midfielder, though his natural position is as a central midfielder.
He began his career at hometown club Standard Liège, making 183 appearances and scoring 42 goals while winning five domestic trophies. He was awarded the Belgian Golden Shoe in 2008. After a season in Portugal with S.L. Benfica, he signed for Zenit Saint Petersburg for a €40 million fee in 2012. Witsel won four honours during his time in Russia, before leaving for Tianjin Quanjian in January 2017.
He made his senior international debut in 2008 and has earned over 85 caps for Belgium, representing the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016.
Axel Witsel Salary
His salary is reported to be earning 16 million EUR as of 2017 for a season with a further 2 million in bonuses.
Axel Witsel Age & Height
Axel is 29 years old as of 2018 and 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) tall.
Axel Witsel Family
The player’s full name is Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel and he was born on 12 January 1989. He grew up in Liege, Belgium, being raised by a French Caribbean Father, Thierry Witsel and a Belgian mother, Sylvie Witsel. He also has a sister by the name Whitney Witsel. His father is also his agent.
Axel Witsel Wife
In June 2015, Witsel married his longtime girlfriend, the Romanian-Hungarian, Rafaella Szabo, with whom he has two daughters named Mai Li and Evy.
Axel Witsel Club career
On 17 September 2006, a 17-year-old Witsel made his debut with Standard Liège during a competitive game against FC Brussels when he replaced Steven Defour in the 89th minute. During the 2007–08 season, at 18 years of age, he was a key member in the squad of Standard Liège, winners of the Belgian League title that year.
Witsel signed for Portuguese club Benfica on a five-year deal on 13 July 2011, including a €40 million buyout clause. Witsel scored twice in the 3–1 win against FC Twente, in the Champions League play-off second leg, on 24 August 2011, sending Benfica to the group stages with a 5–3 aggregate victory.
He scored the opening goal in a 4–1 thrashing of Vitória de Guimarães in the Taça da Liga on 9 January 2012. He then assisted Nolito in a 4–1 league defeat of Vitória de Setúbal. Witsel scored his fourth goal against Santa Clara on 18 January in a Taça da Liga match. Benfica reached the final on 14 April against Gil Vicente and Witsel was awarded the Man of the Match award as Benfica claimed their fourth Taça da Liga title with a 2–1 victory.
Zenit Saint Petersburg
On 3 September 2012, Witsel signed for Zenit Saint Petersburg for €40 million, after signing a five-year contract. Witsel made his debut in the Russian Premier League on 14 September, replacing Konstantin Zyryanov in the 70th minute as Zenit fell 2–0 to Terek Grozny. He scored his first two goals for the club on 30 November when Zenit brushed aside Spartak Moscow 4–2 at the Luzhniki Stadium.
In Zenit’s first match of the 2014–15 UEFA Champions League group stage on 16 September 2014, Witsel scored Zenit’s second goal in a 2–0 away victory over former club Benfica. After finishing third in their Champions League group, Zenit were parachuted into the Europa League knockout phase; in the first leg of their Round of 16 clash against Torino on 12 March 2015, Witsel scored on a rebound as Zenit defeated the Italian club 2–0.
On 3 January 2017, Zenit officially announced that Witsel has moved to Chinese club Tianjin Quanjian.
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On 4 March 2017, Witsel made his debut for Quanjian in a 2–0 loss to Guangzhou R&F. A week later he scored the club’s first ever goal in the Chinese Super League during a 1–1 draw with Shanghai Greenland Shenhua.
On 26 March 2008, Witsel made his international debut during a friendly game against Morocco. The match resulted in a 1–4 loss, but Witsel scored his first goal for Belgium.
On 13 May 2014, Witsel was named in Belgium’s squad for the 2014 FIFA World Cup. He started in midfield in the team’s first game of the tournament, a 2–1 win against Algeria in Belo Horizonte.
Witsel also featured in the Belgian squad at UEFA Euro 2016, announced on 31 May 2016. He scored his first tournament goal during the Championships, in a Group E match against the Republic of Ireland.
Axel Witsel Honours
- Belgian Pro League: 2007–08, 2008–09
- Belgian Cup: 2010–11
- Belgian Supercup: 2008, 2009
- Taça da Liga: 2011–12
- Russian Football Premier League: 2014–15
- Russian Cup: 2015–16
- Russian Super Cup: 2015, 2016
- Belgian Young Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
- Belgian Golden Shoe: 2008
- O Jogo Team of the Year: 2012
Axel Witsel FIFA 18
His overall rating in FIFA 18 is 82 with a potential of 82. Witsel has got a 4-star skillmoves rating. He prefers to shoot with his right foot. His workrates are Medium / Medium. Witsel’s height is 186 cm and his weight is estimated at 73 kg. Currently, Axel Witsel is playing with numbers 99 and 6. His best stats are: Stamina: 88, Composure: 86, Short Pass: 83, Ball Control: 82, Agility: 82.
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