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Case C-415/93 Bosman [1995]


  • Bosman, a Belgian football player, wished to move to a French team
  • The Belgian football club required a transfer fee from the French club, which the French club would not pay
  • Following the failed transfer, Bosman’s wages and standing within the club reduced


  • Did the transfer fee requirement hinder Bosman’s right to free movement between EU Member States?


  • Yes


  • Article 45 TFEU providing for the free movement of persons within the EU was breached
  • Football players throughout the EU may now freely transfer between countries (within the EU) upon the expiry of their contracts
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