Date of birth: 5 December 1962
Playing career: FC Twente
Coaching career: FC Twente (twice), FC Schalke 04, PSV Eindhoven
• Schooled at amateur side Alverna Wijchen, Rutten joined Twente at 15, made his debut as a defender at 17 in 1979 and remained with the Enschede club for 307 league games, retiring in 1992 due to a hip injury.
• Capped once by the Netherlands in a 1988 friendly, Rutten remained at Twente to serve his coaching apprenticeship, acting as youth coach and then assistant coach before getting the top job in 1999. He won the Dutch Cup in 2000/01, the club's first trophy in 24 years.
• Left Twente to head PSV's youth department, then spent 2002 to 2006 as Guus Hiddink's assistant, winning three Dutch titles. With Hiddink busy working as the club's technical director and coach of Australia, Rutten did much of the day-to-day training work.
• Returned to Twente as coach and technical director in 2006 and was named Coach of the Year in 2008 as his side finished fourth for a second season in succession, beating Ajax in an end-of-season play-off to enter UEFA Champions League qualifying.
• That summer he moved to Schalke where he lasted less than a year, leaving in March 2009. Rutten swiftly found employment back at PSV, where he signed a three-year contract; his side went unbeaten through the first 25 games of the 2009/10 season, but eventually finished third.
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