Pascal Bosschaart

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Pascal Bosschaart
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Personal information
Full name Pascal Bosschaart
Date of birth (1980-02-28) 28 February 1980 (age 40)
Place of birth Rotterdam, Netherlands
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position(s) Centre back, Left back
Youth career
SC Feyenoord
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2004 Utrecht 194 (0)
2004–2006 Feyenoord 53 (0)
2006–2011 ADO Den Haag 110 (0)
2011–2013 Sydney FC 33 (1)
2014–2015 IJsselmeervogels 23 (1)
2018– IJsselmeervogels 1 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 April 2018 (UTC)

Pascal Bosschaart (born 28 February 1980 in Rotterdam) is a Dutch retired footballer.

Club career[edit]


Bosschaart made his professional league debut for FC Utrecht in the 1997–98 season, playing for the club until the 2003–04 season, when he was bought by Feyenoord.[1] His first game for Feyenoord was a 6–1 victory over De Graafschap. In August 2006, he moved to ADO Den Haag. Bosschaart did not see a great deal of game time under former manager André Wetzel in the 2008–09 season, and therefore joined Helsingborgs IF on trial in February 2009.[2] However, he was eventually not signed by the club.[3]

Sydney FC[edit]

On 17 June 2011, he signed a 1-year contract with Australian A-League club Sydney FC.[4][5] On 28 December the club announced that they had re-signed the veteran defender on a 2-year extension, keeping him at the Harbour City club until the end of 2014.[6]

On 14 January 2012, during a game between Brisbane Roar and Sydney FC, Bosschaart was embroiled in controversy, when following the game Brisbane's Albanian striker Besart Berisha ran up behind the Dutchman and tugged him on the shoulder before running towards the tunnel, motioning that he wanted to fight Bosschaart. Players from both teams came together at the mouth of the tunnel on the half way line to separate the belligerents, however no actual punches were thrown.[7] It was claimed that during a match a month previously, in which Sydney FC won 2–0 and broke the Roar's 36-game unbeaten streak, Bosschaart may have provoked the Albanian by using racial taunts during the game, however this was heavily denied by Bosschaart.[8] It was also claimed by Bosschaart that Brisbane players Ivan Franjic, Eric Paartalu and Berisha himself refused to shake hands with him before the match kicked off.[9] After reviewing the incident post-game, the A-League's Match Review Panel (MRP) refused to punish either player over the incident, however the Football Federation Australia asked for a "please explain" from both clubs. The matter was settled by the FFA enacting a one-game ban on Berisha.[10]

On 30 March 2012, during an elimination final against Wellington Phoenix, Bosschaart tore his Achilles tendon and had to be stretchered off.[11] He made his long awaited return for a home game against traditional foe Melbourne Victory on 10 November 2012, where he scored his first ever senior goal; a volley from the edge of the box to put Sydney ahead 2–0, although they ended up losing 3–2.

On 23 October 2013, Sydney FC and Bosschaart mutually agreed to part ways with the club terminating his contract effective immediately.[12] Bosschaart only managed a handful of appearances during his last year at the club.[13]


  1. ^ "Pascal Bosschaart" (in Dutch). Voetbal International. Archived from the original on 3 April 2013. Retrieved 30 January 2017.
  2. ^ "Bosschaart op proef bij Helsingborgs IF" (in Dutch). De Gelderlander. 10 February 2009. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  3. ^ "Helsingborgs IF biedt Bosschaart geen contract aan" (in Dutch). 17 February 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Sydney FC signs Dutch defender". SBS The World Game. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 7 October 2012. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  5. ^ "Sydney FC snare Pascal Bosschaart". Sydney FC. 17 June 2011. Archived from the original on 19 August 2011. Retrieved 22 June 2011.
  6. ^ "Sydney Sign Bosschaart For Two More". FourFourTwo. 28 December 2011. Retrieved 29 December 2011.
  7. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (17 January 2012). "Melee madness means Sydney, Brisbane must explain actions". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  8. ^ Hassett, Sebastian (16 January 2011). "Bosschaart: I have never said something about his family". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  9. ^ Morton, Jim (19 January 2011). "Berisha wants to show his true colours". Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 19 January 2012.
  10. ^ "Berisha's FFA ban bizarre: Postecoglou". The Roar. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  11. ^ "Defender facing long rehab". Daily Telegraph. 2 April 2011. Retrieved 4 April 2012.
  12. ^ "Sydney FC and Pascal Bosschaart agree to part ways". Football Federation Australia. 23 October 2013. Archived from the original on 29 October 2013.
  13. ^ "Pascal Bosschaart". Retrieved 30 January 2017.