Mathias Abel

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Mathias Abel
Mathias Abel.jpg
Abel as a Kaiserslautern player
Personal information
Date of birth (1981-06-22) 22 June 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Kaiserslautern, West Germany
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
1990–1998 1. FC Kaiserslautern
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2000 Eintracht Bad Kreuznach
2000–2001 Borussia Dortmund II 12 (0)
2002–2005 Mainz 05 65 (4)
2005–2008 Schalke 04 1 (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)
Total 173 (8)
National team
2003 Germany U21 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Mathias Abel (born 22 June 1981) is a German retired footballer who played as a defender.

Football career[edit]

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.

Abel made his Bundesliga debut on 14 August 2004, in a 2–1 home win over Hamburger SV. He scored three goals during the season, as his team maintained its status.

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).[1][2]

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,[3] 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.[4]


  1. ^ "Abel unable to play for Schalke". 13 September 2007. Archived from the original on 25 October 2012. Retrieved 9 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Urban, Alois (17 September 2007). "Schalke out to make amends". Archived from the original on 26 October 2012. Retrieved 5 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "新赛季八喜内外援基本确定" (in Chinese). Beijing Baxy F.C. 18 February 2013. Archived from the original on 23 April 2013. Retrieved 20 February 2013. 
  4. ^ "Brunei DPMM FC to trial a global list of stars". 22 November 2013. Archived from the original on 29 December 2013. Retrieved 26 November 2013. 

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