Jean-Marc Bosman

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Jean-Marc Bosman
Personal information
Date of birth (1964-10-30) 30 October 1964 (age 54)
Place of birth Liège, Belgium
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1988 Standard de Liège 86 (3)
1988–1990 R.F.C. de Liège 3 (0)
1990–1991 Olympique Saint-Quentin 12 (1)
1990 CS Saint-Denis 0 (0)
1990–1995 Olympic Charleroi 2 (0)
Total 103 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Jean-Marc Bosman (French: [ʒɑ̃ maʁk bɔsmɑ̃]; born 30 October 1964) is a Belgian former professional footballer,[1] whose judicial challenge of the football transfer rules led to the Bosman ruling in 1995. This landmark judgement completely changed the way footballers are employed, allowing professional players in the European Union (except for Malta where the illegal parameter system at the end of contract is still legal) to move freely to another club at the end of their contract with their present team.[2]

Prior to the landmark trial, Bosman played for Belgian first division club Standard de Liège[3] and RFC Liège and won 20 caps for Belgium at youth level. While the trial was ongoing Bosman played briefly in the French lower leagues, and on the Indian Ocean island of Réunion.

Some of his money was lost due to a bad investment in a special T-shirt line. Bosman hoped that the players who benefited from the Bosman ruling would support him by buying one of his "Who's the Boz" T-shirts. He sold only one, to the son of his lawyer. In order to pay his taxes, he was forced to sell his second house and his Porsche Carrera.[4]

In April 2013 Bosman was given a prison sentence suspended for one year following an assault on both his girlfriend and her daughter allegedly over his then girlfriend's refusal to give him an alcoholic drink in 2011.[5]

As of 2015, Bosman was unemployed and relying on handouts from FifPro.[6]


  1. ^ "How Bosman's Lawyer is Planning Another Revolution". BBC Sport. 2013-10-02. Retrieved 2013-10-03.
  2. ^ "Bosman ruling: 20 years on since ex-RFC Liege player's victory". 15 December 2015 – via
  3. ^ "Le Standard et ses Joueurs". Royal Standard de Liege. Retrieved 2010-06-07.[permanent dead link]
  4. ^ "Hoe zou het nog zijn met... Jean-Marc Bosman?". Knack.
  5. ^ "Jean-Marc Bosman sentenced to 1 year in prison for assaulting ex-girlfriend...and €275 fine". 101 Great Goals.
  6. ^ Rumsby, Ben (14 December 2015). "Jean-Marc Bosman 20 years on: He paid a heavy price for beating the system, now he wants to end it for good". Retrieved 3 November 2018 – via

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