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Axel Witsel
Italy vs Belgium - Axel Witsel.jpg
Personal information
Full name Axel Witsel
Date of birth 12 January 1989 (1989-01-12) (age 21)
Place of birth    Liège, Belgium
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current club Standard Liège
Number 28
Youth career
2004–2006 Standard Liège
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
2006– Standard Liège 82 (16)   
National team2
2008– Belgium 010 0(2)

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 17 July 2009.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 1 December 2009.
* Appearances (Goals)

Axel Witsel (born 12 January 1989 in Liège) is a Belgian football player who plays for Standard Liège in Belgium.[1] His natural position is defensive midfielder, but he came into the first team as a right-winger and can easily play on the left wing too. His father has roots in Martinique (French Caribbean) and is a former football player.

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Career

On 17 September 2006 a 17-year-old Witsel made his debut in a competitive game against FC Brussels when he replaced Steven Defour in the 89th minute. Eleven days later he made his European debut as a substitute.

During the 2007–08 season, at 18 years of age, he was a key member in the team that won the Belgian League title. During this year, he formed a very young midfield together with other Belgian talents Marouane Fellaini and Steven Defour. In the following season he scored the winning goal from the penalty spot in a two-legged playoff to decide the Championship.

On 30 August 2009, Witsel sparked controversy when he broke Marcin Wasilewski's leg after a dangerous challenge during the match between Anderlecht and Standard.[2][3] Following the tackle, Witsel protested the red card, claiming that it was an accident without intent, before being sent off the pitch. He soon apologised but was the subject of criticism from several media outlets and numerous death threats from angry Anderlecht and Poland fans.[4] The initial ban until 23 November by the Belgian FA,[5] was later reduced on appeal to 8 matches.[6]

Honours

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Club

Standard Liège

Individual

Club stats

All-Time Club Performance
Club Season Domestic League Domestic Cup European Competition Total
App Goals App Goals App  Goals App Goals
Standard Liège 06–07 16 2 5 1 1 0 22 3
07–08 33 7 6 1 3 2 42 10
08–09 35 8 0 0 11 1 46 9
Total 85 17 11 2 15 3 111 22
Career Totals 85 17 11 2 15 3 111 22

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Preceded by
Lucas Biglia
Belgian Young Footballer of the Year
2008
Succeeded by
Incumbent

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