Friday 27 July 2018, 22:30

Osorio and Mexico part company

  • Juan Carlos Osorio ends almost three years as Mexico coach

  • Colombian guided El Tri to the last 16 at Russia 2018

  • Departs having won 63 per cent of his games in charge

Juan Carlos Osorio has stepped down as coach of Mexico, having guided the CONCACAF side to the Round of 16 at the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, after almost three years in the role.

After his contract ended following the tournament, Osorio leaves having won 33 of his 52 games at the helm. The Colombian tactician saw El Tri's tournament end at the hands of Brazil, with a 2-0 defeat seeing them exit for the seventh-successive time at the last 16. This followed wins over Germany - a first in Mexico's history - and Korea Republic to escape the group stage.

"I would like to send my sincere thanks to the Mexican fans, to the Mexican Football Federation, to the employees of the Centro de Alto Rendimiento, and especially to the players, with whom I had the privilege of working and sharing during my job as technical director of the Mexican national team, a position I held with commitment, passion and pride," Osorio said in a statement. "On behalf of myself and my coaching staff, many thanks to everyone for this unique and unparalleled professional and life experience."

Osorio led Mexico to the top of their two qualifying groups for Russia 2018, on the way claiming wins at a number of historically awkward places for El Tri. They picked up three points in the USA (for the first time in 44 years), Canada (23 years), Honduras (22 years) and Trinidad and Tobago (13 years). Having taken over from Miguel Herrera in October 2015, he also guided the then reigning CONCACAF Gold Cup holders to fourth at the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2017.

"We thank [Osorio] for his dedication, passion, commitment and affection that he showed and with which he prepared for each one of the games he was in charge of the Mexican national team, as well as his frankness and honesty in his decision not to be considered a candidate for the next World Cup cycle," the Mexican Football Federation said, following his decision.