On This Day – Ossie Ardiles born

3-8-1952: Osvaldo César Ardiles, the Argentinian midfielder, was born on this day in 1952. Ardiles – together with fellow Argentinian Ricardo Villa – was one of the first major imports to the English game when he joined Tottenham in 1977. The diminutive midfielder played 221 games for Tottenham between 1977 and 1988. He left England for a period due to Falkland War in 1982. Ardiles’ cousin was killed during the war.

Ardiles won the FA Cup in 1981 (beating Manchester City after a replay) and 1982 (beating QPR also after a replay) and the UEFA Cup in 1984 (beating Anderlecht in a penalty shoot-out after the two-legged final ended all square) .

Ardiles won 63 caps for Argentina and was part of the World Cup winning squad in 1978.

In a globe-trotting managerial career Ardiles managed 12 teams in seven countries:

  • England (Swindon, Newcastle, WBA, Tottenham)
  • Mexico (Guadalajara)
  • Japana (Shimizu S-Pulse, Yokohama F. Marinos, Tokyo Verdy 1969)
  • Croatia (Dinamo Croatia)
  • Saudia Arabia (Al-Ittihad)
  • Argentina (Racing Club)
  • Israel (Beitar Jerusalem)

Ardiles appeared in the Escape to Victory film in 1981 together with Bobby Moore, Pele and Sylvester Stallone.

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