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Jean-Marc Bosman

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Date of birth30 October 1964(age 52)
Playing positionMidfielder

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Jean-Marc Bosman (born 30 October 1964) is a former Belgian footballer, whose judicial challenge of the football transfer rules led to the Bosman ruling. This landmark judgement completely changed the way footballers are employed, allowing professional players in the European Union to move freely to another club at the end of their term of contract with their present team.

Prior to the famous trial, Bosman played for Belgian first division club Standard de Liège 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.

Since Bosman won his case, it was claimed by The Sun that he has lost the money he won from his case and has descended into alcoholism whilst living on benefits.




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