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Rudi Garcia

Published: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 13.16CET
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Rudi Garcia
Rudi Garcia took over at Roma in 2013 ©AFP/Getty Images
Published: Tuesday 1 July 2014, 13.16CET

Rudi Garcia

AS Roma

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, AS Roma

• 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-Étienne 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 with Le Mans in 2007; led the club to a ninth-placed finish in his only season.

• Brought to LOSC as Claude Puel's successor in 2008, he briefly left after a fifth-placed finish in his first season only to reconsider. 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.

• Appointed at Roma in June 2013 and oversaw wins in his first ten league matches, the best ever start to Serie A. Eventually finished second, earning a UEFA Champions League place for the first time since 2010.

Last updated: 15/09/14 10.29CET

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