Juan Carlos Osorio

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Osorio and the second or maternal family name is Arbeláez.
Juan Carlos Osorio
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Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez
Date of birth (1962-06-08) June 8, 1962 (age 52)
Place of birth Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia
Club information
Current team
Atlético Nacional (coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
2006–2007 Millonarios
2007 Chicago Fire
2007–2009 New York Red Bulls
2010–2011 Once Caldas
2011–2012 Puebla
2012– Atlético Nacional

Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez (born June 8, 1962), nicknamed El Recreacionista (The Recreationist)[1] is a Colombian football manager and former football player who began his career in 1980 with Deportivo Pereira. He is currently manager of Atlético Nacional in Colombia.

Osorio was born in Santa Rosa de Cabal, Risaralda. He holds a diploma in Science and Football from Liverpool John Moores University, a UEFA "A" coaching license from the English FA, and a coaching certificate from the Royal Netherlands Football Association. He graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1990 with a B.A. in Exercise Science.

Assistant Manager[edit]

Juan Carlos Osorio began his coaching career during the 1998-1999 season joining the Staten Island Vipers as assistant coach/conditioning coach. He would then join the MetroStars staff during the 2000 season under Octavio Zambrano. He would go on to join Manchester City F.C. as the conditioning coach in June 2001.


In 2006, he started his career as a manager when he was hired by Millonarios. The Colombian led the Bogotá-based club to an 11-6-7 record during the 2007 Finalizacion (closing) season and a fourth-place finish out of 18 teams in the Mustang Cup.

Chicago Fire[edit]

In July 2007 he left the club to lead the MLS side Chicago Fire. He took over a last-place team and led them to a playoff qualification. He then helped Chicago orchestrate a first-round series victory against D.C. United, which entered the playoffs with the best record in MLS. On December 10, 2007 the Chicago Fire announced that Osorio had resigned his post due to "family reasons." In his short time with the Fire, Osorio went 6-3-6 in the league, 7-5-7 across all competitions and led the team to the Conference Final for the sixth time in nine seasons.

New York Red Bulls[edit]

Osorio was hired by New York Red Bulls on December 18, 2007. The decision came after Red Bulls and Fire reached an agreement on compensation for Osorio. The Red Bulls had an up and down season in Osorio's first season in charge of the club. After a promising start, the club qualified for the playoffs on the final day of the season. However, in the Playoffs Osorio would lead the club to their first ever MLS Cup Final. On the way they defeated defending Champion Houston Dynamo (4-1 on aggregate), and in the Western Conference final defeated Real Salt Lake 1-0, before falling 3-1 to Columbus Crew in the final. In his second season with the club Osorio guided the club to one of the worst records in league history, 2-16-4. Overall his stay at the club was extremely disappointing. In two seasons at the club Osorio was 12-27-13, the worst mark in the league during that period of time. The club also suffered an embarrassing set-back under Osorio when they were eliminated by W Connection in the preliminary round of the CONCACAF Champions League. Due to mounting pressure, Osorio resigned from his post as coach of the New York Red Bulls on August 21, 2009.

Once Caldas[edit]

After leaving New York, on November 18, 2009 Osorio was hired by Once Caldas. After taking charge of a team that was in danger of relegation Osorio helped Once Caldas to a league title in 2010. In 44 matches in charge of Once Caldas he recorded a record of 23 victories, 8 draws and 13 losses. In January 2011 it was reported that Osorio would be leaving Once Caldas to take charge of the national team of Honduras.[2]

Honduras national football team[edit]

On February 2, 2011, Osorio was officially named as the new coach of the Honduras national football team for the qualifying rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, his first opportunity as coach of a national team. However; on February 3, Once Caldas announced Osorio could not be released until June to assume his role with Honduras. Due to this, FENAFUTH in a press conference decided that it was impossible to wait until June for Osorio to take over and ended all negotiations.


After coming to terms with Once Caldas,on November 15 Roberto Henaine, former vice president of Puebla, announced via Twitter that Juan Carlos Osorio would be taking up the vacant manager spot left by Sergio Bueno.[3] He resigned on March 22, 2012.[4]

Managerial stats[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played December 2013.

Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Millonarios Colombia September 2006 June 2007 42 19 9 14 45.24
Chicago Fire United States July 2007 December 2007 15 6 3 6 40.00
New York Red Bulls United States December 2007 August 2009 52 12 13 27 23.08
Once Caldas Colombia November 2009 December 2011 44 23 8 13 52.27
Puebla Mexico December 2011 March 2012 7 2 2 3 28.57
Atlético Nacional Colombia March 2012 Present 119 69 34 16 57.98
Total 279 131 69 79 46.95



New York Red Bulls

Once Caldas

Atlético Nacional