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Wolfsburg midfielder killed in car crash

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Wolfsburg midfielder killed in car crash
The wreckage of the car in which Junior Malanda was travelling. Photo: Police
21:50 CET+01:00
Wolfsburg midfielder and Belgian under-21 captain Junior Malanda died on Saturday afternoon when a car he was travelling in smashed into a tree, Bild reported.

The 20-year-old, who died at the scene of the accident, had been a back seat passenger when the driver lost control and slid off the road, police said. The two other people in the car survived.

Malanda had been on his way to join up with his Wolfsburg teammates for a winter-break in South Africa, but died at Porta Westfalica on his way to Hanover airport on Saturday afternoon.

The Belgian FA said on their website that the nation had lost one of its greatest talents, pointing out he had represented the national team at all age levels.

"Wherever he went Junior made a good impression. Beside his footballing talent and impressive physique he was always in a good mood. He was the current captain of our under-21 side, which is testament to his good character and leadership skills," read the statement.

Before joining the Bundesliga club, Malanda had played at Anderlecht in Belgium and at Lille in France. He had 15 under-21 caps with Belgium and had played 10 German league games this season.

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