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Football legend Ardiles due in Cyprus next week

Ossie Ardiles

Tottenham Hotspur legend and Argentina international Osvaldo ‘Ossie’ Ardiles will be in Cyprus next week, the team’s local supporters club has announced.

The club said that on Easter Monday, Ardiles,62, will appear at Murphy’s in Nicosia, the designated Spurs supporters’ bar.

At the Nicosia event, fans will present Ossie with a plaque and a video will be shown with the Argentine player in action at THFC.

It will start at 7pm and there is a €20 fee per person for a meal, drinks not included.

Born in 1952, Ardiles was one of the first foreign players who had a successful impact on the English game.

Ardiles joined Spurs in 1978, the same year he won the World Cup with Argentina.

He played for Spurs until 1988 before moving to Blackburn Rovers.

As a Spurs player, he won the FA Cup in 1981 and UEFA Cup in 1984.

Ardiles returned to Spurs as a manager between 1993 and 1994.

He had to leave England in 1982 because of the outbreak of the Falklands War.

During this time, he played for France’s Paris Saint Germain before returning to Spurs in 1983.

It was in the Falklands that Ardiles was injured in a car crash in January, needing 20 stitches to the head.

Reports said he was in the Falklands making a television documentary with former Spurs team mate Ricky Villa, also 62.

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