Axel Thomas Witsel was born on January 12, 1989, in Liege, Belgium.
Witsel made his debut with Standard Liege at the age of 17 on September 17, 2006. Witsel was named the young player of the year in Belgium in the 2007/2008 season, and the league player of the year. Witsel twice won the Belgian league and Super Cup, and won the Belgian Cup once.
Witsel moved to Benfica on July 13, 2011. He won the Portuguese League Cup with Benfica.
Witsel debuted for the Belgian national team on March 26, 2008.
Axel Witsel can play both as a central halfback and on the wing, making him a universal player in the offensive line.
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