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 Age
Witsel was born on 12th January, 1989 in Liège, Belgium. He is 29 years old as of 2018.
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. 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.
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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 Height
Axel is 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in) tall.
Axel Witsel Salary
Axel is reported to be enjoying the net worth of $11 million as of 2018. Currently, the Tianjin Quanjian player, Axel is earning the annual salary of $19.72 million.
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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Borussia Dortmund set to complete Axel Witsel signing
August 6th, 2018 | bvbbuzz.com
Borussia Dortmund are set to finally complete the signing of Belgium midfielder Axel Witsel.
According to BILD, Tianjin Quanjian have accepted Borussia Dortmund’s bid worth 20 million euros for Axel Witsel. The midfielder will now travel to Switzerland to meet up with his new teammates. Witsel is set to sign a four year contract with the Black and Yellows and will earn ten million euros per year.
Witsel’s impressive performances at the recently concluded FIFA World Cup made him a top priority target for Borussia Dortmund. Last week, it looked like the move was close to conclusion when Belgian media reported that Witsel was set to have a medical. But Tianjin Quanjian complicated matters by saying that Witsel’s release clause of 20 million euros was invalid due to the closure of the transfer window in China.
But it looks like Borussia Dortmund have finally got their man and Witsel will become the club’s seventh signing of the summer. Witsel could make his Borussia Dortmund debut in a preseason friendly against Napoli on Tuesday if the transfer can be completed in time.
The former Standard Liege and Benfica player has never played in Europe’s top five leagues. Witsel joined Chinese Super League club Tianjin Quanjian in 2017 where he earned 18 million euros per year. But he had his heart set on a return to Europe this summer and will take a significant pay cut to sign for Borussia Dortmund.
Dortmund could sell a midfielder to accommodate the arrival of Axel Witsel. Nuri Sahin and Sebastian Rode are the most likely to leave, while Julian Weigl could also depart to join PSG. As for Witsel, he may be 29 but he add some much needed steel and strength to Dortmund’s midfield. Witsel likes to assert his dominance in the midfield and set up attacks for his teammates. The Belgian also has a great passing range and is a leader among men, something Dortmund have lacked in recent times.