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|Full name||Russell Charles Osman|
|Date of birth||14 February 1959|
|Place of birth||Repton, England|
|Height||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Ipswich Town (coach)|
|1995–1996||Brighton & Hove Albion||12||(0)|
|1995||Plymouth Argyle (caretaker)|
|2004||Bristol Rovers (caretaker)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Russell Charles Osman (born 14 February 1959) is an English former footballer who played in the Football League for Ipswich Town, Leicester City, Southampton, Bristol City, Brighton & Hove Albion and Cardiff City. He was a centre back. Osman played senior international football for England, for whom he received eleven caps.
Osman was born in Repton, Derbyshire, the son of Rex Osman who played a handful of games for Derby County in the early 1950s. Russell Osman played nearly 400 games for Ipswich Town and represented his country 11 times. His first England cap came against Australia in a friendly on 31 May 1980, his last on 21 September 1983 in England's 1-0 Euro 84 qualifying match defeat to Denmark.
Osman also played for England Schoolboys at Rugby Union.
Later in his playing career he was player-manager of Bristol City, and had a brief spell as caretaker manager of Plymouth Argyle before later managing Cardiff City. He had a brief role as joint caretaker manager of Bristol Rovers in 2004. In November 2007, he was appointed as assistant manager at Exeter City.
Escape to Victory
He also played one of the prisoner-of-war footballers in Escape to Victory. The 1981 film also included soccer legend Pelé, American actor Sylvester Stallone, British actor Michael Caine and ex-soccer player Ossie Ardiles. The film was based on a game between an Allied team and a Nazi German team during World War II.
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- Argyle Managers Greens on Screen. Retrieved 5 February 2010.
- "Exeter hand Osman assistant role". BBC Sport. 7 November 2007. Retrieved 12 October 2013.