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Osvaldo Ardiles

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Full nameOsvaldo César Ardiles
Date of birth3 August 1952(age 64)
Place of birthBell Ville, Argentina
Height1.69 m
Playing positionMidfielder

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Osvaldo César Ardiles (born 3 August 1952 in Bell Ville, Córdoba Province), often referred to in Britain as Ossie Ardiles, is a football coach, pundit and former midfielder who won the 1978 World Cup as part of the Argentine national team. He now runs his own soccer 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 as a result of the outbreak of the Falklands War in 1982, thus missing most of the 1982 83 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 has been a pundit for RTÉ Sport.

He now runs a popular soccer school in the UK called the Ossie Ardiles' Soccer School. The soccer school is unique in that its coaches are ex-professional footballers. Most of the coaches are Ossie's friends from his playing days.

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