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Few could have failed to have been impressed by Mexico in the 2018 World Cup.
It was one of the shocks of the tournament when the high-press, high-octane and swift counter-attacking Mexicans saw off world champions Germany.
After beating South Korea in the second round of games, Mexico were being tipped as one of the tournament’s dark horses, but their exertions saw them quickly run out of steam and were well beaten by Sweden and eliminated by Brazil in the Round of 16.
Nonetheless, their football had brought energy and verve and they left with their heads held high.
For head coach Juan Carlos Osorio, it was time to move on, perhaps feeling a fresh angle was needed for Mexico.
Only last week, Osorio took up his new role as Paraguay head coach and will to lead the South Americans to the World Cup in Qatar.
Some City fans will remember Osorio’s time with the Club.
He arrived as a conditioning coach under Joe Royle after beating stiff competition for what was a new position within the Blues’ backroom staff, but he clearly had loftier ambitions.
He would spend five years with City, observing managers Keegan and his successor Stuart Pearce as well as gathering as much knowledge as possible from other managers such as Sir Alex Ferguson before successfully securing his first manager’s role in Colombia, as Millionarios boss in 2006.
He later managed Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls, among others, before becoming Mexico boss in 2015.
His win ratio of 63.5% for Mexico clearly impressed the Paraguayan FA and Osorio will aim to continue his ascent in the coming years.
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