Definition of Bosman in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbɒzmən/


[usually as modifier]
Used with reference to a European Court ruling which obliges professional football or other sports clubs to allow players over the age of 25 to move freely between clubs once their contracts have expired: he’s out of contract in the summer, meaning Rangers could sign him under the Bosman ruling the team is made up entirely of Bosman signings
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  • It was bad enough bringing in the Bosman ruling where a player out of contract can just up and go to wherever anyone will have him.
  • The 1995 Bosman ruling gave footballers more control over their transfer dealings and consequently the ability to earn more money.
  • When the Bosman ruling gave players freedom of movement once their contract with a club expired, it was widely predicted that the transfer market would collapse.


1990s: named after Jean-Marc Bosman, a Belgian footballer who brought a legal case which resulted in the ruling.

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