Osvaldo Ardiles

Osvaldo César Ardiles (born 3 August 1952), often referred to in Britain as Ossie Ardiles,[2] is a football manager, pundit and former midfielder who won the 1978 FIFA World Cup as part of the Argentina national team. He now runs his own football school in the UK called the Ossie Ardiles Soccer School.

Osvaldo Ardiles
Ardiles in 1983
Personal information
Full name Osvaldo César Ardiles[1]
Date of birth (1952-08-03) 3 August 1952 (age 69)[1]
Place of birth Córdoba, Argentina
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)[1]
Position(s) Central midfielder
Youth career
Instituto de Córdoba
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973 Instituto de Córdoba 14 (3)
1974 Belgrano 16 (2)
1975–1978 Huracán
1978–1988 Tottenham Hotspur 236 (16)
1982–1983Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 14 (1)
1985St George FC (loan) 1 (0)
1988 Blackburn Rovers 5 (0)
1988–1989 Queens Park Rangers 8 (0)
1989 Fort Lauderdale Strikers 5 (1)
1989–1991 Swindon Town 2 (0)
National team
1975–1982 Argentina 51 (8)
Teams managed
1989–1991 Swindon Town
1991–1992 Newcastle United
1992–1993 West Bromwich Albion
1993–1994 Tottenham Hotspur
1995 Guadalajara
1996–1998 Shimizu S-Pulse
1999 Croatia Zagreb
2000–2001 Yokohama F. Marinos
2001 Al-Ittihad SC Aleppo
2002–2003 Racing Club
2003–2005 Tokyo Verdy
2006 Beitar Jerusalem
2007 Huracán
2008 Cerro Porteño
2012 FC Machida Zelvia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

A competitive and skilled midfielder, Ardiles became a cult hero in England, along with Glenn Hoddle and compatriot Ricardo Villa, as a player for Tottenham Hotspur. He left England for a period on loan as a result of the outbreak of the Falklands War in 1982, thus missing most of the 1982–83 English season.

After retirement, Ardiles began his management career in England, coaching Swindon Town, Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, before returning to Tottenham to become the first Premier League manager from Argentina.[3] As manager of Spurs in the mid-1990s, he played several matches utilizing a formation that had five forwards,[citation needed] a formation that hadn't been used in English football since the 1950s. During his career, Ardiles has also coached in Mexico, Croatia, Japan, Syria, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Paraguay and his native Argentina.

In Ireland, he is a pundit for RTÉ Sport.[4]