Osvaldo Ardilles



Tottenham Hotspur 1981 Track Jacket

Osvaldo Ardilles was signed by Tottenham Hotspur Manager Keith Burkinshaw from Huracán for £325,000 in the summer of 1978, at the same time as Burkinshaw also signed fellow Argentina 1978 World Cup winner, Ricardo Villa, from Racing Club for £375,000. Both made their debut on the opening day of the 1978/79 season, Saturday 19th August, in a 1-1 draw away at Nottingham Forest, with Villa scoring the Spurs goal. In a ten year playing career at White Hart Lane, albeit interrupted by both The World Cup and The Falklands War of 1982, Ardilles forged a midfield partnership with Glenn Hoddle and helped Tottenham win the FA Cup in 1981, and played a big part in the 1982 FA Cup triumph too. After a one year interregnum playing for Paris Saint-Germain, post The Falklands War, Ardilles returned to Tottenham, helping the club to win the UEFA Cup in 1984, appearing as a second half substitute in the second leg of the final at White Hart Lane against Anderlecht.