Tinus Bosselaar

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Tinus Bosselaar
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Bosselaar in 1955
Personal information
Full name Martinus Bosselaar
Date of birth(1936-01-16)January 16, 1936
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Date of death June 6, 2018(2018-06-06) (aged 82)
Position(s) Winger
Youth career
Senior career*
1953–1954 Sparta 29
1954–1956 Feyenoord 49 (12)
1956–1966 Sparta 246 (50)
International career
1955–1962 Netherlands 17 (4)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Martinus Bosselaar (January 16, 1936 – June 6, 2018) was a Dutch footballer who played as a left winger.


Club career

He became the head subject in the "Bosselaar-affair" in 1956. Bosselaar and Sparta both agreed on a return to the club as his heart was still at the other side of the city and his contract had a clause saying that he could leave the club to rejoin Sparta at any time. Feyenoord however did not want to let him go and took Sparta to court. Eventually Feyenoord lost the case and Bosselaar left the club and returned to his love in football. [1]

International career

Bosselaar played his first international match on October 16, 1955, in a 2–2 draw versus Belgium. In his second cap against Norway he netted two of his in total four international goals in a 3–0 win. [2]

Personal life

He suffered from a heart attack in 2004. [3] He died on June 6, 2018, at the age of 82. [4]


Sparta Rotterdam

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  1. Weetjes en feitjes over Feyenoord - Sportgeschiedenis (in Dutch)
  2. Intl career stats - Voetbalstats
  3. Situatie Tinus Bosselaar verbeterd - Rijnmond (in Dutch)
  4. "Oud-international Tinus Bosselaar (82) overleden". 6 June 2018.