Jean Marc Bosman: A man who pioneered the transfer market

The name Jean Marc-Bosman may not be well known to some football fans but one thing he is synonymous with is the transfer market.

Back in 1995, the Belgian Bosman challenged his old team RFC Liege at the court of human rights in France, all because they denied him a move to French club Dunkerque in 1990.

At the time Liege wanted more than Dunkerque were willing to pay for Bosman – Liege refused to let Bosman leave and reduced his pay as a result, which angered Bosman.

Bosman case was then bought forward in 1993 and then the trial began.

His case took two years and in 1995 a conclusion was reached. On the 15th of December 1995, the Belgian won and an out of court settlement was reached. In the footballing world and in particular the transfer world he created a new way of moving club.

He allowed players the freedom of moving club once their contract at a club ran down without the club denying the move and without the club making profit, in what was called the ‘Bosman ruling.’

Players like Steve McManaman, Sol Campbell and Luis Figo throughout the years benefitted from free transfers as they left to go on free transfers to various clubs over the years.

Whilst over the years, he changed the transfer market. Overtime Bosman found himself broke, unemployed and struggling.

Bad investments including a t-shirt line and the loss of money has left Bosman on benefits and broke and even a suspended jail sentence has left Bosman really regretting his case in 1995.

For money nowadays, Bosman is on benefits which are the majority of the time are provided by FIFPro, a players union set up by FIFA.

While the transfer market changed for good and was revolutionised by this man, Bosman’s life certaintly changed but not for the good but for the bad.

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