With Diego Maradona making a right mess of his tenure at the head coach of Argentina, there has been speculation that he will be replaced with the safe pair of managerial hands that belong to Ossie Ardiles (I know).

Once upon a time though, they were not rivals but teammates. Such was their bond that Maradona agreed to play in Ossie’s testimonial game at White Hart Lane, for Tottenham against Inter Milan back in 1986.

As you will see from the video, Maradona looked a fairly decent player in a Spurs shirt (at least as good as Mark Falco). I remember the following season there was talk of us launching a then ludicrous bid of Β£10m to steal Maradona away from Napoli. Seeing as Alan Sugar eventually ended up bailing us out, Irving Scholar must have regretted not going the extra inch to get Diego on the never, never.

The bit I like most about this video is Martin Tyler’s interview with Ossie and Maradona, in which he asks if Diego foresaw any trouble if England were to play Argentina in the 1986 World Cup. Sometimes with the power of hindsight, an obvious question can seem quite prophetic.



  1. Anyone who speaks Spanish would understand that the first question the interviewer asks clearly perturbs Maradona. Diego asks Ossie in “in what sentiment is this question?” Ossie did not translate this statement, word for word, on purpose.
    Still cool Diego played for Spurs though, too bad it wasn’t against Arsenal

    • Well, in opinion, the first question is ambiguous and vague. Maradona responded “I think I won’t have any problems. Then, he realized that he was answering without knowing what kind of problem the journalist was talking about. So, he asked Ossie: What kind of problem?, or a more literal way: in what sense or meaning? (the interviewer is using the word problem)
      Ossie quickly and cleverly answered Maradona question as it was his answer saying: “no problem at all” avoiding to enter in any difficult area and forcing the conversation to the next question.

  2. Spurs are amazing I told my mates about Maradona playing for spurs it they lafed at me and were denying it but now I got proof now how am I sup post to take the proof becaus ,I’m doing this on my ipad 2 any answers COME U SPURS!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. I well remember Maradonna turning out for Spurs. Ossie also played, but only briefly as he had been injured. I drove up from Cheltenham and brought my wife.We stood behind my favourite crowd barrier on the Shelf and saw the 2_1 win over Inter Milan, very early and very late goals separated by an equaliser from former Gooner, Liam Brady. We also watched the Danny Blanchflower testimonial from the same. spot. She loved Spurs, although it was after 24 years of marriage that she came on board.

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