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Ossie Ardiles is undoubtedly a Tottenham Hotspur legend.

He started his career in his native Argentina, where the midfielder played for Instituto de Cordoba, Belgrano and Huracan.

But it was his move to Tottenham alongside compatriot Ricky Villa after winning the 1978 World Cup which brought him to the limelight, becoming one of the first players from abroad to play in England.

He made more than 200 appearances for ‘Tottingham’, as he calls them, where he’ll be remembered for wanting to win the FA Cup.

The Argentinean did just that in 1981, with Tottenham spurred on at Wembley by the squad’s top-five single Ossie’s Dream (Spurs Are On Their Way To Wembley) with Chas & Dave.

He also won the UEFA Cup in 1984 and was part of the squad in the build-up to the 1982 FA Cup win.

Ossie Ardiles at Tottenham Hotspur

Ossie missed the final as the Falklands War made it difficult for him to play at White Hart Lane so he went on loan to Paris Saint-Germain.

He then broke his leg and injuries hampered the rest of his Spurs career.

The midfielder left Tottenham in 1988, going on to play for Blackburn Rovers and Queens Park Rangers, as well as US side Fort Lauderdale strikers.

His managerial career started in 1989 as player-manager at Swindon Town and had immediate success.

He led the Robins to promotion to the top flight in 1990, but the club were relegated soon after due to the club making irregular payments to players.

After spells at Newcastle United and West Bromwich Albion, he came back to White Hart Lane as manager in 1993.

His return did not go well though and he was sacked in October 1994, with the club languishing near the relegation zone.

The 64-year-old has gone on to manage around the world, including in Croatia, Mexico, Argentina, Japan and Syria.

Back in January, Football Whispers sat down with the legend as part of our Behind The Lines series.

He spoke to us about the impact his arrival had on English football and the best player he played with at Tottenham.

The Argentinean also talked about his hopes for Tottenham’s future and potential title push and the great job Mauricio Pochettino is doing at White Hart Lane.

Dele Alli is also a subject of conversation, while Ardiles also suggested that there is no reason why England can’t win a major tournament soon.


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