Date of birth: 3 April 1966
Playing career: Olympique Lyonnais, RC Strasbourg, Arsenal FC
Coaching career: Olympique Lyonnais
• Born in L'Arbresle in the Rhone – the same town as OL owner Jean-Michel Aulas – Garde joined local side Lyon aged 18. A slight but astute defensive midfielder, he worked his way up to the first team, with whom he won promotion to Ligue 1 in 1988/89.
• A first international cap followed in 1990 in France's friendly win against Kuwait, and Garde was subsequently included in Michel Platini's squad for the 1992 UEFA European Championship in Sweden, although he did not feature in any of Les Bleus' three games.
• Left Lyon in 1993 to join Strasbourg, where he spent three seasons, reaching the final of the Coupe de France – which the Alsace team lost to Paris Saint-Germain FC – in the second of those campaigns.
• Then opted to try his luck abroad as Arsène Wenger took him to Arsenal, where he spent three years and with whom he won the Premier League and the FA Cup in 1998 before a persistent knee injury forced him to hang up his boots a year later.
• Joined Lyon's technical staff in 2003, initially as a TV analyst, but filled a variety of roles before taking over as head of the club's academy in 2010/11. The following summer he succeeded Claude Puel as head coach, signing a one-year contract with the option for a further 12 months.
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