Juan Carlos Osorio

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Juan Carlos Osorio
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Osorio in 2017
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez
Date of birth (1961-06-08) 8 June 1961 (age 56)
Place of birth Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mexico (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Deportivo Pereira
1984–1985 Internacional
1986–1987 Once Caldas
Teams managed
2000–2001 MetroStars (assistant)
2001–2005 Manchester City (assistant)
2006–2007 Millonarios
2007 Chicago Fire
2007–2009 New York Red Bulls
2010–2011 Once Caldas
2011–2012 Puebla
2012–2015 Atlético Nacional
2015 São Paulo
2015– Mexico
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez (born 8 June 1961) is a Colombian former footballer and current manager of the Mexico national team.

Osorio began his playing career with Deportivo Pereira in 1982, and went on to play for Brazilian club Internacional in 1984 before returning to his native Colombia a year later, ultimately retiring in 1987 at the age of 26 due to injury.[1]

Nicknamed El Recreacionista (The Recreationist in Spanish) due to his unorthodox training methods,[2] Osorio held various assistant coaching jobs before beginning his managerial career in 2006 with Millonarios, moving abroad the following year to manage Major League Soccer teams Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, leading the latter to their first conference title in 2008. He managed Once Caldas in 2010 and led them to a league title, as well as managing Atlético Nacional in 2012 and winning numerous championships. In October 2015 he was named as the new manager of the Mexican national team.

Early life[edit]

After playing for the University of New Haven from 1985 to 1986, he graduated from Southern Connecticut State University in 1990 with a B.A. in Exercise Science. Osorio also 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.

Managerial career[edit]


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


In 2006, Osorio started his career as a manager when he was hired by Millonarios in his native Colombia. He 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. In 2007, he was the recipient of the DIMAYOR (División Mayor del Fútbol Colombiano) Excellence in Football Coaching award becoming the first coach to win that award in his first year of coaching.

Chicago Fire[edit]

In July 2007 he was appointed manager of Major League Soccer side Chicago Fire. He took over a last-place team and led them to a playoff qualification. He also helped Chicago orchestrate a first-round series victory against D.C. United, which entered the playoffs with the best record in MLS. On 10 December, the Chicago Fire announced that Osorio had resigned 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 during his time at New York Red Bulls

Eight days after resigning from the Chicago Fire, Osorio was hired by the New York Red Bulls. 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 2008 MLS Cup 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 them to one of the worst records in league history, finishing with a 2-16-4 record. In his two seasons at the club Osorio went 12-27-13, the worst mark in the league during that period of time. The club also suffered an embarrassing set-back 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 21 August 2009.

Once Caldas[edit]

After leaving New York, on 18 November 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, 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 Honduras national team.[3]

On 2 February 2011, Osorio was officially named as the new coach of the Honduras national team and to lead them during the qualifying rounds of the 2014 FIFA World Cup. However, Once Caldas announced Osorio contractually could not be released until June to assume his role with Honduras. Due to this, Honduras' football federation announced they could not wait until June, subsequently ending the negotiations.


On 15 November, the president of Mexican club Puebla Roberto Henaine announced via Twitter that Juan Carlos Osorio would be taking up the vacant manager spot left by Sergio Bueno.[4] He resigned on 22 March 2012 due to poor performances, leaving the club with a 2-2-3 record.[5]

São Paulo[edit]

On 26 May 2015, Osorio was confirmed as the new manager of São Paulo FC, signing a two-year contract.[6] He was presented on 1 June and made his debut five days later, in a 2–0 victory against Grêmio at Estádio do Morumbi.


On 14 October 2015, after heavy media speculation, Osorio was confirmed as manager of the Mexico national team, signing a three-year contract.[7][8][9] He was the twelfth coach appointed in nine years,[10] and the first Colombian.[11] Though information of his salary went undisclosed, Spanish newspaper El País reported that Osorio would receive an annual salary of USD$1.2 million, 60 percent less than what former manager Miguel Herrera earned during his time in charge.[12]

Osorio led Mexico to the Copa América Centenario on a 16-match unbeaten streak that began in June 2015.[13] Mexico placed first in their group with 7 points, defeating Uruguay and Jamaica, and drawing with Venezuela.[14] In the quarterfinal match gainst Chile, the team suffered a 7–0 defeat, ending the unbeaten streak at 22 games.[15] After the match, Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment" and "an accident of soccer".[16]

Following Mexico's participation at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, Osorio was suspended by FIFA for six games after displaying aggressive and confrontational behavior towards officials during the Confederations Cup.[17]

On 2 September, following their 1–0 victory over Panama, Mexico secured their qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 10 July 2017.
Team Nat From To Record
P W D L Win %
Millonarios Colombia September 2006 June 2007 42 19 9 14 045.24
Chicago Fire United States July 2007 December 2007 18 7 7 4 038.89
New York Red Bulls United States December 2007 August 2009 59 14 15 30 023.73
Once Caldas Colombia November 2009 December 2011 100 48 24 28 048.00
Puebla Mexico December 2011 March 2012 11 2 2 7 018.18
Atlético Nacional Colombia March 2012 May 2015 104 50 29 25 048.08
São Paulo Brazil May 2015 October 2015 25 11 6 8 044.00
Mexico Mexico October 2015 Present 34 23 6 5 067.65
Total 393 174 98 121 044.27



New York Red Bulls

Once Caldas

Atlético Nacional


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  2. ^ "Por qué le apodan "El Recreacionista"" (in Spanish). Diario Más. Retrieved 3 February 2011. 
  3. ^ http://www.diez.hn/Inicio/Ediciones/2011/02/01/Noticias/Osorio-efectivo-y-de-rachas
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-25. Retrieved 2011-11-18. 
  5. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2012-04-14. Retrieved 2012-03-22. 
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  7. ^ "Se Presentó a Juan Carlos Osorio Como Nuevo Director Técnico de la Selección Nacional de México". Federación Mexicana de Fútbol. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  8. ^ "Juan Carlos Osorio fue presentado como nuevo DT de México". Colombia.com. Retrieved 14 October 2015. 
  9. ^ "Juan Carlos Osorio firmó con la Selección Mexican hasta el 2018". ESPN Deportes. 10 October 2015. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
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  11. ^ "Ex-Red Bulls coach Juan Carlos Osorio takes over Mexico job". New York Daily News. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  12. ^ Beauregard, Luis Pablo (8 October 2015). "Juan Carlos Osorio: Cenicienta vuelve al fútbol mexicano". El País. Retrieved 16 October 2015. 
  13. ^ Arnold, Jon (3 June 2016). "Both Mexico, Uruguay dismiss El Tri streak as factor". Goal.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  14. ^ "Copa América: Mexico through as group winners after draw with Venezuela". The Guardian. Associated Press. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  15. ^ Tucker, Duncan (19 June 2016). "Chile humiliate Mexico in 7–0 thrashing to advance to Copa América semi-final". The Guardian. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  16. ^ Arnold, Jon (19 June 2016). "Osorio, Mexico players apologize to Mexican fans after defeat". Goal.com. Retrieved 19 June 2016. 
  17. ^ http://www.fifa.com/governance/news/y=2017/m=7/news=juan-carlos-osorio-suspended-for-six-matches-2900625.html