Jean-Marc Bosman

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Jean-Marc Bosman
birthday October 30, 1964
place of birth MontegnéeBelgium
size 172 cm
position midfield
Years station Games (goals) 1
1983-1988 Standard Liege 74 (3)
1988-1990 RFC Liege 25 (1)
1990-1991 Olympique Saint-Quentin 12 (1)
1991-1992 CS Saint-Denis
1993-1994 Olympic Charleroi 27 (2)
1995-1996 RCS Visé 7 (1)
1 Only league games are given.

Jean-Marc Bosman (born October 30, 1964 in Montegnée , today in Saint-Nicolas , Province of Liège ) is a former Belgian football player .

He gained international fame with a lawsuit against the restrictions on players when changing clubs in professional football , which brought two central pillars of the European transfer system to collapse in the so-called " Bosman decision " of the European Court of Justice in 1995 .

Bosman played until June 1990 at RFC Liège in the first Belgian league . After a dispute with the club's management, he was only offered a contract with a monthly salary of 880 euros instead of the previous 3500 euros. Bosman then wanted to switch to the French second division USL Dunkerque . However, the RFC Liège set the transfer fee at an excessive US $ 800,000, around 600,000 euros, which the French club did not want to pay. As a result, the RFC Liege refused to give Bosman clearance to change clubs, which triggered Bosman's lawsuit. In this legal battle he was assisted by Roger Dillemans , lawyer and former rector of the Catholic University of Leuven .

Bosman returned to Belgium in January 1992. When he couldn't find a new club, he applied for unemployment benefit , but it was rejected. It was only nine years after the start of the process that he was awarded around 780,000 euros in compensation for his early retirement.

In 2015 Bosman lived completely impoverished at the subsistence level. He made his living largely from donations from the players' union FIFPro .

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. The decision of the ECJ: RS C-415/93, Slg 1995, I-4921 (EUR-Lex)
  2. : player profile , accessed on November 15, 2014
  3. a b c d e Lars Gartenschläger, Alexandra Gross: Marc Bosman - The lucky charm lives in poverty. Die Welt from December 14, 2010
  4. Former football professional - Bosman has "zero euros" - Sport - Sü