Football legend and Tottenham Hotspur hero Ossie Ardiles visited the College of Haringey, Enfield and North East London on May 7 to meet with students.

Ossie spoke about his rise through the football ranks in Argentina and England and answered a range of questions from the learners. 

Afterwards the students broke into groups to analyse the techniques and abilities of four famous players and later gave a short presentation to Ossie.

The visit was arranged by Lecturer in Sports and Public Services, Amanda Neufville-Austin, who was ecstatic to have the footballing great speak to her students.

“From his days as a player through to being a manager, Ossie is an inspiration.  He’s had such an amazing journey yet he is still so humble,” she said.

Ossie started playing football at a young age and had an obvious gift.  He said that while growing up in Argentina, his father stressed the importance of having an education, so he began studying a degree in law.

After he was selected to play for the national team, Ossie had to put his studies on hold to fully concentrate on a professional career in football. 

He was a World Cup champion in 1978 and later moved to England to play for Tottenham.  Ossie was instrumental in helping them win the 1981 FA Cup.

He said he still rates fellow team-mate Maradona as the best ever footballer.

As an Ambassador for Tottenham Hotspur, Ossie represents the club at various functions, helps promote the game and passes his knowledge on to young people.

Ossie said: “College is wonderful!  I enjoyed it very much and wish I could go back and study.  I think it’s important for young people to be part of the community and gain an education.”

Some of the students he spoke to were also members of the College's Football Academy.

Ossie said: “It’s a great thing if you can combine football and study.”

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