Born in Liege, Axel Witsel made his first football steps through Standard’s academies where in five years he scored 34 goals, won the Belgian Pro League twice (2007 – 08, 2008 – 09), the Belgian Cup (2010 – 2011) and the Belgium’s Golden Shoe and Young Footballer of the Year awards in 2008. SL Benfica noticed his great talent and signed the promising midfielder on July 2011.
Almost a year later, Russian giants Zenit St. Petersburg signed the versatile midfielder and on his third year in Russia he won the Russian championship and the Russian Super Cup against Lokomotiv Moscow. In 2016, he quadrupled his trophies after winning the Russian Cup and the Super Cup, both against CSKA Moscow.
On 3rd January 2017, Axel Witsel signed for Tianjin Quanjian and played in the Chinese Super League and Asian Champions League. On 4th March 2017 Witsel made his debut for Tianjin, scoring his first ever goal for the club a week later.
Axel currently competes in the Bundesliga and the UEFA Champions League with Borussia Dortmund.
He is a key player of the Belgian National team for ten years and counting over 100 apps and three major tournaments, finishing into the historic 3rd place in Russia’s World Cup (World Cup 2014, UEFA Euro 2016, World Cup 2018). He scored a vital second goal in the group stage of Euro 2016 against the Republic of Ireland and was named man of the match after a 3-1 win. In 2018 he won the Goal of the Year 2017 award in Belgium after his spectacular bicycle kick against Gibraltar, at his home ground, Sclessin stadium.