Abel as a Kaiserslautern player
|Date of birth||22 June 1981|
|Place of birth||Kaiserslautern, West Germany|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|1990–1998||1. FC Kaiserslautern|
|1998–2000||Eintracht Bad Kreuznach|
|2000–2001||Borussia Dortmund II||12||(0)|
|2005–2006||→ Mainz 05 (loan)||20||(0)|
|2007||→ Hamburger SV (loan)||7||(0)|
|2008–2010||1. FC Kaiserslautern II||20||(2)|
|2008–2013||1. FC Kaiserslautern||48||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Abel was born in Kaiserslautern, Rhineland-Palatinate. After starting with amateurs Eintracht Bad Kreuznach and having a spell with Borussia Dortmund's reserves, he joined 1. FSV Mainz 05 in 2002, helping the club promote from the second division in his second year with 18 matches.
From 2006 onwards, Abel would appear sparingly for several clubs: FC Schalke 04 – which also loaned him for five months to Hamburg – and 1. FC Kaiserslautern, appearing almost exclusively for the latter's B-side during two years. This was mainly due to two consecutive anterior cruciate ligament injuries (in early 2004, he suffered the same injury while at Mainz, being sidelined for six months).
Abel's first appearance for Kaiserslautern's first team only took place on 26 October 2010, as an early substitute in a 3–0 home win against Arminia Bielefeld for the campaign's German Cup. Four days later, he managed to play the full 90 minutes in the league fixture against Borussia Mönchengladbach (same venue and result).
In February 2013 Abel was linked with China League One team Beijing Baxy FC, but nothing came of it. After his contract with Lautern expired in the summer, he went on trial with Brunei DPMM FC of the S.League.
- "Abel unable to play for Schalke". UEFA.com. 13 September 2007. Retrieved 9 January 2010.
- Urban, Alois (17 September 2007). "Schalke out to make amends". UEFA.com. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- "新赛季八喜内外援基本确定" (in Chinese). Beijing Baxy F.C. 18 February 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013.
- "Brunei DPMM FC to trial a global list of stars". Goal.com. 22 November 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013.