• 2 trophies as a player, none as a coach
Bruno Génésio is a pure product of Olympique Lyonnais. Trained at the club in the early 1980s, the midfielder then signed his first pro contract and played for nearly 10 seasons with the Rhone club. First in D2, the native of Lyon took part in the club’s comeback in D1 in 1989 by winning the title. Génésio was then loaned for a season to Nice where he also won the title in the antechamber of the D1. After retiring at the age of 29, he waited several years to take the reins of a team, but since taking office on the OL bench in 2015, Bruno Génésio has still not opened his record as a coach. Whether in Lyon or Beijing, the Frenchman has often touched the titles, but has never tasted them.
• Coach of his core team
The former midfielder then turned into a coach. After having made his ranges within the OL reserve between 2009 and 2011, he took the main team in 2015 to replace Hubert Fournier, weighed down by very average results. However, the arrival of Génésio gives a boost to the Lyon club. Thanks to a thunderous end to the season, OL are back on the podium in Ligue 1, second behind PSG. Until his departure in 2019, the former player qualified his club three times for the Champions League.
In the European Cup, Bruno Génésio mainly relied on the Europa League with a semi-final lost in 2017 against Ajax Amsterdam. “This is the biggest of my regrets“, he admitted on OL TV when he left. In C1, the results were much more disappointing, with only one qualification for the Round of 16 in his last season. Despite a third place in Ligue 1, l ‘coach, who had reached the end of his contract, then decided to leave his favorite club at the end of the 2019 season.
• The 5th French coach in China
Quickly after leaving the capital of the Gauls, Bruno Génésio flies east to lead the Beijing Guoan club. He thus becomes the 4th French coach to officiate in the Chinese championship, after Philippe Troussier (2011-2013), Francis Gillot (2014-2015) and Jean Tigana (2011-2012). We must also add Alain Perrin, who took charge of the Chinese selection from 2014 to 2016. Under his orders, his new club broke its Chinese Super League points record in 2019 before the Covid-19 disrupted the season. The coach of the Beijing club then manages his players from France via conference calls. After a recovery in the summer of 2020, he reached the semifinals of the Chinese championship organized in the form of pools and play-offs. The Lyonnais leaves China at the start of 2021.
• Ironically nicknamed “Pep Génésio”
It is not a little to say that Pep Guardiola imposed a style of play on the teams in which he passed and in particular the great FC Barcelona, ultra domineering ten years ago. Ironically, many observers have nicknamed the coach of Lyon “Pep Génésio” to denounce the low attractiveness of the proposed game. “It would be a bit pretentious, I consider Guardiola to be one of the three best coaches in the world, I love what he does, his philosophy, what he brings to the teams. At first it was rather humorous “, had also reacted the former coach of Lyon at a press conference.
• The Stade Rennais challenge to the taste of Lyon
Following the resignation of Julien Stéphan in Rennes on Monday, March 1, Bruno Génésio was appointed to replace the Breton at the head of the club. There he finds Florian Maurice, another former Lyonnais, the sports director of the Breton club. This is not the only ex-OL, since the technician also finds Martin Terrier and Clément Grenier, whom he both managed in Lyon. He will have a lot to do to get the Reds and Blacks back on track. After a fanfare of the end of 2020, Stade Rennais remains on a series of sad results. With only one victory to be eaten since the beginning of January, the Bretons even remain on five consecutive defeats after a new setback against … Lyon this Wednesday.