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Axel Witsel
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Personal information
Full name Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel
Date of birth 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 31)
Place of birth    Liège, Belgium Belgium
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Germany Borussia Dortmund
Number 28
Youth clubs
1995–1997
1997–1999
1999–2006
Belgium RRC Vottem
Belgium CS Visé
Belgium Standard Liège
Senior clubs
Years Club App (Gls)
2006–2011
2011–2012
2012–2016
2017–2018
2018–
Belgium Standard Liège
Flag of Portugal Benfica
Flag of Russia Good One Zenit St. Petersburg
Flag of the People's Republic of China Tianjin Quanjian
Germany Borussia Dortmund
148 0(33)
032 00(1)
122 0(16)
036 00(5)
039 00(6)   
National team
2004
2005
2005–2006
2006–2007
2006
2007–2009
2008–
Belgium Belgium U15
Belgium Belgium U16
Belgium Belgium U17
Belgium Belgium U18
Belgium Belgium U19
Belgium Belgium U21
Belgium Belgium
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019 00(0)
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010 00(0)
105 00(0)

Axel Laurent Angel Lambert Witsel (born 12 January 1989) is a Belgian professional footballer who plays for German club Borussia Dortmund. 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 returned to Europe with Borussia Dortmund in August 2018.

Witsel made his senior international debut in 2008 and earned his 100th cap for Belgium on 15 November 2018. He represented the country at the 2014 FIFA World Cup, UEFA Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup, helping them to third place in the last tournament.

Honours

Clubs

Standard Liege
S.L. Benfica

Individual

  • Belgian Young Footballer of the Year: 2007–08
  • Belgian Golden Shoe: 2008

External links

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Borussia Dortmund squad - 2020–21

1 Bürki · 2 Morey · 5 Zagadou · 6 Delaney · 7 Sancho · 8 Dahoud · 9 Haaland · 10 Hazard · 11 Reus (c) · 13 Guerreiro · 14 Schulz · 15 Hummels · 16 Akanji · 19 Brandt · 20 Reinier · 22 Bellingham · 23 Can · 24 Meunier · 25 Unbehaun · 26 Piszczek · 27 Wolf · 28 Witsel · 29 Schmelzer · 30 Passlack · 32 Reyna · 35 Hitz · 37 Raschl ·

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Belgium – 2014 FIFA World Cup – Quarter-finals

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Kompany (c) 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. Lukaku 10. Hazard 11. Mirallas 12. Mignolet 13. Bossut 14. Mertens 15. Van Buyten 16. Defour 17. Origi 18. Lombaerts 19. Dembélé 20. Januzaj 21. Vanden Borre 22. Chadli 23. Ciman

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Belgium – UEFA Euro 2016 – Quarter-finals

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Nainggolan 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. R. Lukaku 10. Hazard 11. Carrasco 12. Mignolet 13. Gillet 14. Mertens 15. Denayer 16. Meunier 17. Origi 18. Kabasele 19. Dembélé 20. Benteke 21. J. Lukaku 22. Batshuayi 23. Ciman

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Belgium – 2018 FIFA World Cup – Third place

1. Courtois 2. Alderweireld 3. Vermaelen 4. Kompany 5. Vertonghen 6. Witsel 7. De Bruyne 8. Fellaini 9. Lukaku 10. E. Hazard (c) 11. Carrasco 12. Mignolet 13. Casteels 14. Mertens 15. Meunier 16. T. Hazard 17. Tielemans 18. Januzaj 19. Dembélé 20. Boyata 21. Batshuayi 22. Chadli 23. Dendoncker

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