Juan Carlos Osorio

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Juan Carlos Osorio
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Osorio as Mexico manager at the 2018 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez
Date of birth (1961-06-08) 8 June 1961 (age 59)
Place of birth Santa Rosa de Cabal, Colombia
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position(s) Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Atlético Nacional (manager)
College career
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1986 New Haven Chargers
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982–1984 Deportivo Pereira
1984–1985 Internacional
1986–1987 Once Caldas
Teams managed
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
2015–2018 Mexico
2018–2019 Paraguay
2019– Atlético Nacional
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez (Spanish pronunciation: [xwaŋ ˈkaɾlos oˈso.ɾjo aɾβeˈla.es]; born 8 June 1961) is a Colombian retired footballer who played as a midfielder, and is the manager of Atlético Nacional.

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 manager of the Mexico national team, a post he held until July 2018.

Early life[edit]

After playing for Deportivo Pereira and Internacional, Osorio moved to the USA and represented University of New Haven's New Haven Chargers from 1985 to 1986.[3] 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 spot. 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.[4] 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 and was seeded as a wild card into the Western Conference bracket. In the 2008 MLS Cup Playoffs, Osorio lead the club to their first ever MLS Cup final, defeating defending champion Houston Dynamo (4–1 on aggregate) and Real Salt Lake 1–0. In the MLS Cup final, the Red Bulls lost 3–1 to Columbus Crew. 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.[5]

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 manager, following Sergio Bueno departure.[6] He resigned on 22 March 2012 due to poor performances, leaving the club with a 2-2-3 record.[7]

São Paulo[edit]

On 26 May 2015, Osorio was confirmed as the new manager of São Paulo FC, signing a two-year contract.[8] 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 head coach of the Mexico national football team, signing a three-year contract.[9][10][11] He was the twelfth coach appointed in nine years,[citation needed] and the first Colombian.[12] 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.[13]

On 13 November, Osorio won his first game in charge of Mexico, defeating El Salvador 3–0 at Estadio Azteca in their opening match of the 2018 World Cup fourth-round qualifiers. Mexico finished at the top of Group A with 16 points, advancing to the hexagonal round.

Osorio led Mexico to the Copa América Centenario on a 16-match unbeaten streak that began in June 2015.[14] Mexico placed first in their group with 7 points, defeating Uruguay, Jamaica, and drawing with Venezuela.[15] In the quarterfinal match against Chile, the team suffered a 7–0 defeat, ending the unbeaten streak at 22 games.[16] After the match, Osorio apologized to Mexico's fans for what he described as an "embarrassment" and "an accident of soccer".[17]

Following Mexico's participation at the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup, where the team finished in fourth place, Osorio was suspended by FIFA for six games after using insulting words and displaying aggressive and confrontational behavior towards officials during the third place play-off match against Portugal.[18]

On 2 September, following their 1–0 victory over Panama, Mexico secured their qualification to the 2018 FIFA World Cup. On 6 October, Mexico defeated Trinidad and Tobago 3–1, taking their points tally to 21, thus assuring Mexico will finish at the top of the qualification table for the first time since 1997.[19]

In March 2018, it was reported that Osorio had rejected an offer from the Mexican Football Federation to extend his contract with the Mexico national team.[20] Later, in July 2018, Osorio resigned from his position as Mexico head coach.[21]


On 3 September 2018, the Paraguayan Football Association appointed Osorio as manager of the Paraguay national football team to face the 2019 Copa América and the CONMEBOL qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.[22] A mutual termination of the contract occurred on 13 February 2019.[23]

Atlético Nacional[edit]

On June 10, 2019, Juan Carlos Osorio was confirmed manager of Atlético Nacional.

Managerial statistics[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played 20 November 2018
Team From To Record
P W D L Win %
Millonarios September 2006 June 2007 42 19 9 14 045.24
Chicago Fire July 2007 December 2007 18 7 7 4 038.89
New York Red Bulls December 2007 August 2009 59 14 15 30 023.73
Once Caldas November 2009 December 2011 100 48 24 28 048.00
Puebla December 2011 March 2012 11 2 2 7 018.18
Atlético Nacional March 2012 May 2015 104 50 29 25 048.08
São Paulo May 2015 October 2015 28 12 7 9 042.86
Mexico October 2015 July 2018 52 33 9 10 063.46
Paraguay September 2018 February 2019 1 0 1 0 000.00
Total 412 184 102 126 044.66



New York Red Bulls

Once Caldas

Atlético Nacional


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  2. ^ "Por qué le apodan "El Recreacionista"" (in Spanish). Diario Más. Archived from the original on 27 February 2015. Retrieved 3 February 2011.
  3. ^ "Former New Haven Men's Soccer Player Osorio to Manage Mexican National Team". New Haven Chargers. 7 October 2015. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
  4. ^ "Osorio Leaves Fire to Coach Red Bulls". The New York Times. 19 December 2007. Retrieved 17 December 2019.
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  7. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 14 April 2012. Retrieved 22 March 2012.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
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  22. ^ "La Albirroja tiene DT" [The Albirroja has DT] (in Spanish). Paraguayan Football Association. 3 September 2018.
  23. ^ ""Queremos agradecer al Profesor Osorio por todo lo bueno que nos enseñó en esta corta estadía en el fútbol nacional. También, aclarando que él y nosotros hemos cumplido a cabalidad con el contrato que nos une hasta el día de hoy" @RHarrisonP presidente de la #APF". @APFOficial (in Spanish). 13 February 2019. Retrieved 13 February 2019.