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Osvaldo Ardiles

Osvaldo Ardiles

Ardiles (2006) at the Daniel Hotel in Herzliya, Israel.
Personal information
Full name Osvaldo César Ardiles
Date of birth (1952-08-03) 3 August 1952
Place of birth Bell Ville, Argentina
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position 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 113 (11)
1978–1988 Tottenham Hotspur 221 (16)
1982–1983 Paris Saint-Germain (loan) 14 (1)
1985 → St George Saints (loan) 1 (0)
1988 Blackburn Rovers 5 (0)
1988–1989 Queens Park Rangers 8 (0)
1989 Ft. Lauderdale Strikers 5 (1)
1989–1991 Swindon Town 2 (0)
Total 376 (32)
National team
1975–1982 Argentina 52 (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 Marinos
2001 Al-Ittihad SC Aleppo
2002–2003 Racing Club
2003–2005 Tokyo Verdy
2006 Beitar Jerusalem
2007 Huracán
2008 Cerro Porteño
2012 Machida Zelvia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Osvaldo César Ardiles (born 3 August 1952), often referred to in Britain as Ossie Ardiles,[1] is a football manager, pundit and former midfielder who won the 1978 FIFA World Cup as part of the Argentine national team. He now runs his own football school in the UK called the Ossie Ardiles Soccer School.

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.

As manager of Tottenham in the mid-1990s, he played several matches utilizing a formation that had five forwards, a formation that hadn't been used in English football since the 1950s.

In Ireland he is a pundit for RTÉ Sport.[2] In January 2012, newly promoted J. League Division 2 side Machida Zelvia appointed Ardiles as their manager.[3]


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Management career 3
  • Media career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • Statistics 6
  • Honours 7
  • References 8
  • External links 9

Club career

Ardiles was born in Córdoba Province, Argentina, and played for Instituto de Córdoba from a young age.[4] As a youngster, Ardiles played football in the streets and was given the nickname Pitón (python) by his brother because of his snake-like dribbling skills.[5] He was named as El Gráfico's best player of the interior in 1974, and abandoned his law degree studies in order to play professional football.[6]

Osvaldo Ardiles in 1981

He also played for Club Atlético Belgrano and Huracán. After the 1978 World Cup he moved to England to play for Tottenham where he spent ten seasons.

He helped Tottenham win the FA Cup in his third season there (1980–81), and collaborated with pop duo Chas & Dave as well as the rest of the Tottenham players for a song, "Ossie's Dream". He played a big part in another FA Cup triumph the following year, but did not play in the final because it had already been arranged with the Spurs management that he would leave early to join up with Argentina's 1982 World Cup squad. At that tournament he wore the number 1 shirt, as Argentina's policy at the time was to number their players alphabetically by surname, with an exception made so Diego Maradona could wear his preferred number 10.

In the wake of the Falklands War between Britain and Argentina it became difficult for him to return to White Hart Lane and he went on loan to Paris Saint-Germain in France. After just one season in Paris, he returned to Tottenham, helping the club to win the UEFA Cup in 1984 (coming on as a substitute in the second leg of the final). In the autumn of 1987, he was caretaker manager of Tottenham between the resignation of David Pleat and the appointment of Terry Venables. He left Spurs in 1988.

He then played for Blackburn Rovers, Queens Park Rangers F.C. and Swindon Town F.C., before being appointed as manager of Swindon Town in July 1989. He played part of the 1989 American Soccer League season with the Fort Lauderdale Strikers.

On 7 February 2008 Ossie Ardiles, along with his fellow countryman Ricardo Villa, was inducted into the Tottenham Hotspur Hall of Fame.[7]

International career

Ardiles was called up to the Argentina senior team by manager César Luis Menotti in 1975. He was a member of the World Cup winning squad in 1978.[8]

Management career

In July 1989, Ardiles moved into football management with second division Swindon Town when Lou Macari resigned to join West Ham in July 1989. He wowed fans by replacing the long ball style which had been so successful with a new "Samba style", which saw the Town playing attacking football. Part of this change was the new "diamond formation" which Ardiles implemented: a 4–4–2 style with left-sided, right-sided, attacking and defensive midfielders.

Ten months after he had joined, Ardiles led Swindon to their highest ever league position, finishing fourth in the second division. After beating Blackburn in the first leg of the play-off semi-final, the fans paid tribute with a tickertape reception in the second leg. Swindon went on to win promotion to the top flight for the first time in their history—beating Sunderland in the Play-Off Final—only to have the promotion taken from them ten days later, when the Football League demoted them for irregular payments to players.

The following season, Ardiles was told to sell to keep the club alive and Wembley hero Alan McLoughlin was the first big-money departure. With Swindon rocked by their pre-season troubles, their form deserted them. By the end of February, relegation threatened, and when Newcastle offered Ardiles the chance to become their new boss, he accepted, becoming the club's first foreign manager. But his time on Tyneside was not a success and he lasted 12 months in the job before being sacked, with the Magpies bottom of the second division, though they achieved safety under his successor Kevin Keegan.

In June 1992 Ardiles replaced FA Cup ban, £600,000 fine and 12 league points deducted. The punishment was later amended to a £1.5million fine and six points deducted but the FA Cup ban and points deduction were later quashed.

Ardiles became coach of J. League Division 1 side Yokohama F. Marinos in January 2000, but was sacked in June 2001 following a poor start to the season.[9] From 2003 to 2005 he coached Tokyo Verdy, with whom he won the 2004 Emperor's Cup. But in July 2005 he was fired after a nine game winless streak.[10] In mid-2006 he moved to Israel to coach Beitar Jerusalem, from which he quit after only a few months in charge on 18 October 2006 due to severe differences of opinion with the club's board of directors. After a small break he was appointed Club Atlético Huracán manager in his native Argentina in September 2007, he steered the club to 7th in the table before resigning at the end of the Apertura 2007.

He joined Paraguayan club Cerro Porteño in May 2008[11] but was sacked in August of the same year after a string of poor results and was replaced by Pedro Troglio.

Media career

Ardiles was enlisted by RTÉ Sport for their squad of pundits ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.[12][13][14] He returned to RTÉ's team for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.[15]

Ardiles played Carlos Rey in the 1981 World War II film Escape to Victory.

Personal life

He married Silvia Navarro in December 1973.[16]

In January 2014, Ardiles and Ricardo Villa were involved in a car crash in the Falkland Islands during the filming of Camilo Antolini's 30 for 30 documentary White, Blue and White.[17] Ardiles sustained minor injuries in the accident, and required more than 20 stitches in his head.[18]


Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1973 Instituto Primera División 14 3
1974 Belgrano Primera División 16 2
1975 Huracán Primera División
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1978–79 Tottenham Hotspur First Division 38 3
1979–80 40 3
1980–81 36 5
1981–82 26 2
1982–83 2 0
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Europe Total
1982–83 Paris Saint-Germain Division 1 14 1
England League FA Cup League Cup Europe Total
1983–84 Tottenham Hotspur First Division 9 0
1984–85 11 2
1985–86 23 1
1986–87 25 0
1987–88 28 0
1987–88 Blackburn Rovers Second Division 5 0
1988–89 Queens Park Rangers First Division 8 0
1989–90 Swindon Town Second Division 2 0
1990–91 0 0
Country Argentina 143 16
England 253 16
France 14 1
Total 410 33
Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1975 8 4
1976 10 1
1977 11 0
1978 11 2
1979 2 0
1980 0 0
1981 2 0
1982 8 1
Total 52 8



  1. ^ Bandini, Paolo (13 February 2009). "Ossie Ardiles". The Guardian (London). Retrieved 20 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Ardiles joins Bill and the Boys".  
  3. ^ "Ardiles hired by Machida". Daily Yomiuri. 31 December 2011. Retrieved 27 January 2012. 
  4. ^ Ardiles 2009, p. 8
  5. ^ Allen, Matt (April 2008). "Ossie Ardiles".  
  6. ^ Ardiles 2009, p. 13
  7. ^ "Hall of Fame". Retrieved 29 June 2010. 
  8. ^ Ardiles 2009, p. 6
  9. ^ "Ardiles axed as Yokohama coach". BBC Sport. 2 June 2001. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  10. ^ "Ardiles sacked by Japanese side". BBC Sport. 19 July 2005. Retrieved 19 January 2008. 
  11. ^ Osvaldo Ardiles will lead to Cerro Porteño
  12. ^ "Ardiles and Hamann join RTÉ for World Cup".  
  13. ^ Black, Fergus (2 June 2010). "RTÉ hopes Ossie and squad will spur fans to back home team".  
  14. ^ O'Malley, Carl (2 June 2010). "RTÉ roll out big guns for their 56 live games".  
  15. ^ "Friedel, Ardiles & Lennon join RTÉ for World Cup".  
  16. ^ Ardiles 2009, p. 12
  17. ^ "Ardiles and Villa unhurt after Falklands crash -". ESPN UK. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 4 July 2014. 
  18. ^ "Ossie Ardiles involved in car accident in Falkland Islands". BBC Sport. 21 January 2014. Retrieved 22 January 2014. 
  19. ^ Osvaldo Ardiles at
  • Ardiles, Ossie; Marceloa Mora y Araujo (2009), Ossie's Dreams,  

External links

  • Ossie Ardiles management career stats at Soccerbase
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