Appel in 1963
|Full name||Abraham Leonardus Appel|
|Date of birth||30 November 1921|
|Place of birth||Rotterdam, Netherlands|
|Date of death||31 October 1997 75)(aged|
|Place of death||Geleen, Netherlands|
|1945–1947||ADO Den Haag|
|1949–1954||Stade de Reims||154||(96)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Born in Rotterdam but raised in The Hague, Appel played for local clubs Archipel and Blauw Zwart in the Dutch amateur leagues in the 1930s. He was forced to work in a factory in Berlin, Germany in 1942. The factory where he worked was bombed a year later, and Appel narrowly survived.
During the war, Appel played for Hertha BSC and for an unofficial Dutch national team, made up of Dutch forced labourers. His refusal to give the Hitler salute before matches made the German authorities furious.
The Royal Dutch Football Association suspended Appel after the liberation in 1945. He was, however, a member of the Netherlands national football team at the 1948 Summer Olympics. He left for France in 1949, and became an important player for Stade Reims where he played alongside Raymond Kopa and Roger Marche. He won the Coupe de France in 1950 and the French national title in 1953. Appel scored 96 goals in 154 matches for Stade Reims.
Appel and Theo Timmermans took the initiative for a charity match for the victims of the North Sea flood of 1953, between France and Dutch footballers playing abroad. The Dutch players won the match 2-1. The match was not an official international, because the Dutch players had been suspended from the Dutch national team. The Royal Dutch Football Association did not allow football players to be professionals. This match, however, paved the way for the acceptance of professional football in the Netherlands. Two years later, the ban on professionalism was lifted
Appel returned to the Netherlands in 1954, having been signed by Fortuna '54 as one of the first professional football players in the Dutch league.
- Bram Appel 1921 - 1997 - Trouw (in Dutch)
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- BRAM APPEL (1921-1997); Kanonnier - NRC (in Dutch)
- Voetbal Limburg vecht tegen de ondergang - NRC (in Dutch)
- Bram Appel – FIFA competition record
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- Bram Appel at National-Football-Teams.com