Osvaldo César Ardiles was born August 3rd 1952 in the Córdoba Province of Argentina.
He began his career with Instituto de Córdoba and also played for Club Atlético Belgrano and Huracán before joining Tottenham in 1978 as a World Cup winner. He spent ten years as a cult hero with the north London club winning the FA Cup in 1981 and the UEFA Cup in 1984. He was inducted into their Hall of Fame in February 2008 along with team-mate Ricardo Villa.
He now runs his own football school in the UK called the Ossie Ardiles Soccer School and is a pundit in Ireland for RTÉ Sport.
First Car: An Austin Princess… Paul Miller (ex Spurs centre-half and social skipper) told me it was a good price. Maxie had a bit of Arthur Daley in him!
Best Ground: Apart from White Hart Lane? I’d say Wembley and Old Trafford.
Worst Ground: There were quite a few when we played lower division teams in the FA Cup, like Hull in 1981.
Best Goal: The second goal in Escape to Victory! Also a curler for Spurs against Manchester United at Old Trafford (See link below).
Best Goal Seen: Glenn (Hoddle) against Watford and of course Ricky (Villa) in the 1981 Cup final. Then there was a volley by Glenn at home to Man Utd also in the cup.
Favourite Memorabilia: Er…My World Cup winners medal – They don’t come better than that!
Best Team Played For: Tottenham. Oh, and the Argentina side of 1978 was pretty good…
First Music Bought: Beatles when I was a kid in Argentina … I am not sure which one
Music Now: I often listen to the classics; I like Puccini… and of course I like Ossie’s Dream by Chas & Dave!
Best Friend In The Game: I still stay in touch with many, many of my old Tottenham pals, but especially Glenn, Ricky and Paul Miller.
Boyhood Hero: Even as an Argentinian, Pele.
Best player Of My Era: Maradona.
Hobbies: I like to play golf of course and chess.
Maradona or Messi: Messi.