|Full name||Apoula Edima Bete Edel|
|Date of birth||17 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Yaoundé, Cameroon|
|Height||1.84 m (6 ft 1⁄2 in)|
|2001–2002||FC PWD Kumba|
|2006||→ KAA Gent (loan)||0||(0)|
|2011–2013||Hapoel Tel Aviv||64||(1)|
|2014||Atlético de Kolkata||9||(0)|
|2015||Hapoel Tel Aviv||8||(0)|
|2016||FC Pune City||13||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 January 2017|
Apoula Edel was born in Yaoundé, Cameroon and moved to Armenia in 2002. He signed a contract with Pyunik FC in March 2003. In 2005, he joined Rapid Bucureşti along with Carl Lombé, by unilaterally terminating his contract without just reason. Pyunik FC submitted the case to FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber. The DRC passed a decision on 4 April 2007 and sent the decision to the parties on 3 August, in which Edel was ordered to pay Pyunik US$15,000. He also claimed he was forced to naturalise during the court trial as an excuse to leave the country in 2005. The parties submitted the appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and CAS partially upheld the DRC decision, and increased the fee to US$60,000 in 2008.
After being released by Rapid Bucureşti, French club PSG signed Edel on a free transfer. Following his signing for the club, Edel was a second choice goalkeeper behind Mickaël Landreau, Jérôme Alonzo and Grégory Coupet. On 16 November 2007, he played his first game with PSG in a friendly game against Guinea, not as a goalkeeper but as a forward, after an injury to Loris Arnaud. In his second season for PSG, Edel made his debut for PSG in a Coupe de France against AS Nancy, with PSG winning 2-1. Edel made his UEFA Cup debut against Wolfsburg. Under Le Guen, Edel just made 4 appearances. After Le Guen was sacked as PSG manager, Antoine Kombouaré succeeded him. Under Kombouaré, Edel started to get more playing time and established himself as a first choice goalkeeper after Grégory Coupet suffered an injury to his Malleolar on 28 November 2009 which kept him out of the season. On 16 December 2009, Edel made his league debut for PSG in a 1-1 draw Lens. On 21 January 2010, Edel scored an own goal in a 1-0 defeat to Monaco which turned out to be the winner. After Coupet recovered from injury, Edel was once again second choice goalkeeper but it was short lived after due to Coupet's poor performance and discouragement in the early season. On 29 November 2010, Edel made a blunder in a match against Lyon as PSG missed the chance to go to the top of Ligue 1. Edel performance was defended by Kombouaré saying "I have nothing against Edel, I even have a thought for him. He is the most disappointed because his mistake cost us the win. Now we will support him and it will be up to him to erase that mistake.There is a lot of frustration, because we showed big mental strength and a lot of technical qualities too"
Towards the end of the season, Coupet regained his first choice goalkeeper when he play against Lyon on 17 April 2011. Afterwards, Edel was still the first choice goalkeeper for two more matches, before Coupet regained the spot again until the season finished.
As his contract was set to expire at the end of the season, reports claimed that Edel could be on his way out of the club in the summer, with speculation regarding a possible replacement doing the rounds, but chairman Robin Leproux says Edel (along with Ludovic Giuly and Mamadou Sakho) would be staying put.
Atlético de Kolkata
In August 2014, Edel was drafted by Atlético de Kolkata of the Indian Super League. He put up a number of good saves in final, as the franchise became the champions of the inaugural season. He also won the Maruti Suzuki Swift Moment of the match award.
|Pyunik||2002||Armenian Premier League||2||0||0||0||0||0||2||0|
|2003||Armenian Premier League||21||1||0||0||0||0||21||1|
|2004||Armenian Premier League||23||0||0||0||0||0||23||0|
|2005||Armenian Premier League||12||0||0||0||1[a]||0||13||0|
|Rapid Bucuresti||2005–06||Divizia A||0||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Paris Saint-Germain||2008–09||Ligue 1||0||0||0||0||2[b]||0||2||0|
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||2011–12||Israeli Premier League||34||0||0||0||10[b]||0||44||0|
|2012–13||Israeli Premier League||30||1||2||0||8[b]||0||40||1|
|Atlético de Kolkata||2014||Indian Super League||9||0||—||9||0|
|Hapoel Tel Aviv||2014–15||Israeli Premier League||8||0||2||0||0||0||10||0|
|Chennaiyin||2015||Indian Super League||13||0||—||13||0|
|FC Pune City||2016||Indian Super League||13||0||—||13||0|
- Rapid Bucuresti
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Hapoel Tel Aviv
- Atlético de Kolkata
There have been recurring accusations since 2009 that Édel is living under an assumed identity; that he is in fact five years older than his reported age, and his real name is Ambroise Beyaména. If the allegations were proved true and the player was found guilty, he could be sentenced to prison. Meanwhile, if false documents were lodged with the game's French and European governing bodies, Paris Saint-Germain risked losing their last two wins against Sevilla and Arles-Avignon. They could also face expulsion from the European competition, demotion from the top tier of French football, and heavy fines. Paris Saint-Germain, in partnership with Goom Radio, officially launched their own numerical radio station, the first ever dedicated to a Ligue 1 football club, which is also available over the internet. Paris Saint-Germain goalkeeper Apoula Edel was acquitted of possessing fake documents by the French police as his passport was found to be genuine. As a result, UEFA rejected Sevilla's appeal to have their Europa League defeat to Paris Saint-Germain overturned. After being clearing his name, Edel is ready to sue Nicolas Phillibert, his coach, of blackmailing. According to Phillibert, he paid for most of his expenses for two years and is still waiting for Edel to pay him back.
Through his ongoing footballing career, Edel is also known to lead a fashionable lifestyle that includes friendships with leading designers in the clothing industry. Edel has often been hailed by his fashion peers for his understanding of fashion and is often referred to as an understudy of illusionary French contemporary designers such as Jean-Paul Gaultier and Isabel Marant.
The Indian magazine India Today has mentioned Edel on several occasions for his often flamboyant mixture of Indian and Western European design and fashion. In 2016 India Today featured articles written with Edel in the magazines own lifestyle section. Because of the popularity of that particular segment, the magazine chose to circulate a special edition of the lifestyle section as a stand-alone magazine for an entire month. Subsequently, editor of India Today, Madhu Trehan, indicated in interviews that the magazine experienced the highest circulation numbers since the launch of the magazine in 1975 because of Edels involvement.
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