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OSORIO SETS SIGHTS ON PARAGUAYAN CHALLENGE

THE INTERVIEW

"The Copa America is a huge challenge and an outstanding opportunity"

Juan Carlos Osorio is a busy man. Fresh from leading Mexico to the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the Colombian has just accepted his second job as a national team coach, this time with Paraguay, who have not graced the world finals since South Africa 2010.

In giving one of his first exclusive interviews since his appointment in early September, the 57-year-old spoke to FIFA.com about his reasons for accepting what Paraguay had to offer, his coaching philosophy and what he expects from his players.

Having just vacated Mexico job, he also had a message to give the Mexico fans: “I’d like to thank them all, and the Mexican FA’s officials and players, who had faith in, believed in and respected the way we work. It was an unforgettable experience and it’s made me a better coach.”

Juan Carlos Osorio is a busy man. Fresh from leading Mexico to the last 16 of the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, the Colombian has just accepted his second job as a national team coach, this time with Paraguay, who have not graced the world finals since South Africa 2010.

In giving one of his first exclusive interviews since his appointment in early September, the 57-year-old spoke to FIFA.com about his reasons for accepting what Paraguay had to offer, his coaching philosophy and what he expects from his players.

FULL INTERVIEW

I realised in Russia that it’s a wonderful thing to be able to compete at that level. So I thought about looking for a national team where we’d have the chance of going to the World Cup.

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