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Bram Appel

Full name: Abraham Leonardus "Bram" Appel
Gender: Male
Born: November 30, 1921 in Rotterdam, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
Died: October 3, 1997 in Geleen, Limburg, Netherlands
Affiliations: VV Sittard, Sittard (NED)
Country: NED Netherlands
Sport: Football


In 1942, Bram Appel was deported to Germany as a labourer, but his football talents allowed him to play at Berlin side Hertha BSC. His appearances cost him a suspension upon return to the Netherlands, and Appel played for minor teams in Limburg. His frequent goals earned him a call-up as a late replacement for the 1948 Olympics. Scoring twice in London, he attracted attention of foreign professional clubs and joined Stade de Reims (France) in 1949. He won the French Cup (1950) and French Championship (1953) and netted 96 goals, and was one of the organisers of a charity match after the 1953 floodings in the Netherlands. Dutch professional players, who were not allowed on the national team, beat the French national team by 2-1, paving the way for professional football in the Netherlands. With the arrival of a pro league in his home country, Appel returned to play for Fortuna ‘54, and won an additional 11 caps, scoring 8 times. After retiring as a player, Appel became a manager, and led Eindhoven side PSV to the Dutch title in 1963.


Games Age City Sport Event Team NOC Rank Medal
1948 Summer 26 London Football Men's Football Netherlands NED 9T

Men's Football

Games Age City Sport Team NOC Phase Unit Rank Date Result G YC RC
1948 Summer 26 London Football Netherlands NED Final Standings 9T 1948-07-26 2 0 0
1948 Summer 26 London Football Netherlands NED Round One Match #2 2 1948-07-31 GBR 4, NED 3 2
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