Juan Carlos Osorio Arbeláez (born 8 June 1961) is a Colombian former footballer and manager of the Mexico national team. He is nicknamed El Recreacionista (The Recreationist in Spanish) due to his unorthodox training methods. 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.
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 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.Close