Date of birth: 20 February 1964
Playing career: LOSC Lille, SM Caen, FC Martigues
Coaching career: AS Corbeil-Essonnes (player-coach), AS Saint-Étienne, Dijon FCO, Le Mans UC 72, LOSC Lille
• The son of former LOSC player José Garcia, Rudi grew up in the Paris suburbs but started his playing career as an attacking midfielder at his father's old club. Spent six years with Les Dogues, going on to Caen (1988-91) and Martigues (1991-92) before injury prompted a move into coaching.
• Having completed a sports science degree, started out as a player-coach at amateur side Corbeil-Essonne, whom he had represented as a youngster; did well enough to be offered a job as assistant coach at St-Etienne in 1998.
• Worked as head coach for the first time in tandem with Jean-Guy Wallemme from January 2001 but the pair did not last long. Garcia re-emerged at the helm of Dijon in 2002, winning promotion to Ligue 2 in 2003/04 and taking the club to the French Cup semi-finals.
• Spent five years at Dijon before returning to Ligue 1 as coach of Le Mans in 2007; led the club to a ninth-placed finish in his only season in charge.
• Brought to Lille as Claude Puel's successor in 2008, he briefly left after a fifth-placed finish in his first season only to be brought back into the fold. His side topped Ligue 1 at the turn of 2011, making them winter champions for the first time since 1949, and went on to take their third league title – and first since 1954 – before completing a domestic double with victory in the Coupe de France.
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