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
Juan Carlos Osorio NYRB.jpg
Osorio while at New York Red Bulls
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez
Date of birth (1961-08-06) 6 August 1961 (age 54)
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
2006–2007 Once Caldas
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.

† Appearances (goals)

Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez (born 8 June 1962) is a Colombian former footballer and current manager of the Mexico national team. He is nicknamed El Recreacionista (The Recreationist in Spanish) due to his unorthodox training methods.[1] Osorio began his playing career with Deportivo Pereira in 1982, and going on to play for Brazilian club Internacional in 1984 before returning to his native Colombia a year later to Once Caldas. He retired 1987 at the age of 26 due to injury.[2]

Osorio held various assistant coaching jobs before beginning his managerial career in 2006 with Once Caldas, 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 returned to Once Caldas in 2010 and lead them to a league title. He had an unsuccessful stint at Mexican club Puebla in 2011 before managing Atlético Nacional in 2012 and winning three league titles and three league cups with the club. Osorio moved to Brazilian club São Paulo in 2015. In October 2015 he was named as the new manager of the Mexico national team.

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.

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]

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 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 per cent less than what former manager Miguel Herrera earned during his time in charge.[12]

Managerial stats[edit]

Statistics accurate as of match played November 2015.

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 May 2015 119 69 34 16 57.98
São Paulo Brazil May 2015 October 2015 28 12 7 9 42.86
Mexico Mexico October 2015 Present 2 2 0 0 100.000
Total 307 143 76 88 46.58



New York Red Bulls

Once Caldas

Atlético Nacional