Hassan Yebda

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Hassan Yebda
Yebda playing with Algeria in 2011
Personal information
Full name Hassan Yebda
Date of birth (1984-05-14) 14 May 1984 (age 31)
Place of birth Saint-Maurice, France
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2004 Auxerre
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2007 Auxerre 0 (0)
2006 Laval (loan) 14 (1)
2007–2008 Le Mans 24 (3)
2008–2011 Benfica 25 (1)
2009–2010 Portsmouth (loan) 18 (2)
2010–2011 Napoli (loan) 29 (0)
2011–2014 Granada 26 (1)
2014 Udinese (loan) 10 (0)
2014– Fujairah 13 (1)
National team
2000–2001 France U16 10 (0)
2001–2002 France U17 19 (2)
2002–2003 France U18 14 (1)
2003–2004 France U19 13 (0)
2009– Algeria 25 (2)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 24 May 2015.
† Appearances (goals)

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 26 June 2014

Hassan Yebda (Arabic: حسان يبدة‎; born 14 May 1984) is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for United Arab Emirates club Al-Fujairah SC and the Algeria national team, as a central midfielder.

During his professional career he played in France, Portugal, England, Italy and Spain, representing a host of clubs.

Yebda appeared for France at youth level, but opted to play for Algeria as a senior in August 2009, taking advantage of FIFA’s new ruling which allowed him to change his national allegiance despite being older than 21 years of age. He represented the latter national team in two World Cups and the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations.

Club career[edit]


Born in Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne, Yebda emerged through AJ Auxerre's youth system, but made no appearances for the first team during his stint, playing regularly for the reserves in the Championnat de France amateur.

In January 2006 he was loaned to Ligue 2's Stade Lavallois.[1] In the same month of the following year, Yebda was definitely released and moved to Le Mans UC72, making his Ligue 1 debut on 17 February 2007 in a 0–2 away loss against FC Sochaux-Montbéliard: brought on in the 70th minute he scored an own goal ten minutes later, in his only appearance of the season.


In 2007–08 Yebda appeared regularly for Le Mans, helping the team achieve a comfortable ninth place in the league. On 29 May 2008 he signed a four-year contract with S.L. Benfica, on a free transfer.[2] A constant midfield fixture, he was voted the Portuguese League's Player of the Month in September and, in February 2009, he netted his first league goal for the Lisbon club in a 1–1 league draw at FC Porto.[3]

Yebda made a move to Premier League side Portsmouth on 1 September 2009, on a season-long loan.[4] He scored his first goal for the club on 3 October, against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux Stadium, which was the winner in Portsmouth's first victory of the season;[5] his second came in a 2–1 away win against Burnley on 27 February 2010,[6] with Pompey being eventually relegated.

On 27 August 2010 Yebda was again loaned, joining Italian side S.S.C. Napoli in a season-long move.[7] On 21 November he scored his first goal for his new team, in a 2–1 home win against Bologna F.C. 1909 for the season's Coppa Italia;[8] on 4 July 2011, the player announced that he would not be returning to the Serie A team.[9]


On 22 August 2011 Yebda joined Granada CF in Spain, signing a three-year contract with the La Liga club.[10] Five days later he made his official debut for the Andalusians, coming as a second-half substitute in a 0–1 home loss against Real Betis.[11]

Yebda's spell in Granada was greatly undermined by injury problems.[12][13][14]


On 15 August 2014, Yebda signed a one-year deal with UAE Arabian Gulf League side Al-Fujairah SC.[15]

International career[edit]

Yebda represented France at youth levels, being part of the squad at the victorious 2001 FIFA U-17 World Championship tournament held in Trinidad and Tobago. As a senior, however, he switched allegiances to Algeria, first being picked for a match against Zambia in September 2009, where he did not play; he finally made his debut on 11 October, in a 3–1 win over Rwanda for the 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

Yebda was summoned for the Algerian squad at the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations, playing (and starting) all the matches for the eventual semi-finalists. In June he was selected to the FIFA World Cup in South Africa, again playing all the games: during the tournament he partnered Medhi Lacen (another defensive midfielder) as the national team failed to score a goal, earning one point.

On 27 March 2011 Yebda scored his first goal for Algeria, in a 1–0 win against Morocco for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier, netting in the sixth minute from a penalty kick.[16] He was also selected to the 2014 World Cup by coach Vahid Halilhodžić,[17] and featured 19 minutes in the last group stage match against Russia to help his team hold on to the 1–1 draw and reach the last-16.[18]

International goals[edit]

Scores and results list Algeria's goal tally first.
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 27 March 2011 19 Mai 1956, Annaba, Algeria  Morocco 1–0 1–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
2. 9 October 2011 5 Juillet 1962, Algiers, Algeria  Central African Republic 1–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification

Personal life[edit]

Yebda was born to a family from the village of Taourirt Adène in the Tizi Ouzou Province in the Kabylie region of Algeria.[19] He understands both Kabyle and Arabic, but does not speak either language fluently.[20]







  1. ^ Basinas makes Mallorca move; UEFA.com, 20 January 2006
  2. ^ Lisbon giants move to strengthen; UEFA.com, 25 June 2008
  3. ^ Porto maintains edge as AZ strike clear; UEFA.com, 9 February 2009
  4. ^ "Pompey confirm move for Ben Haim". BBC Sport. 1 September 2009. Retrieved 5 September 2009. 
  5. ^ "Wolverhampton 0–1 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 3 October 2009. Retrieved 4 October 2009. 
  6. ^ "Burnley 1–2 Portsmouth". BBC Sport. 27 February 2010. Retrieved 8 February 2011. 
  7. ^ "Yebda makes Serie A switch". PortuGOAL. 27 August 2010. Retrieved 1 September 2010. 
  8. ^ Napoli 2–1 Bologna; Lega Serie A, 21 November 2010 (Italian)
  9. ^ Yebda annonce son départ du Napoli (Yebda announces departure from Napoli); DZ Foot, 4 July 2011 (French)
  10. ^ Transferts: Yebda, 3 ans au FC Granada (Espagne) (Transferts: Yebda, 3 years in FC Granada (Spain)); DZ Foot, 22 August 2011 (French)
  11. ^ El Betis gana de Primeras (Betis wins Primeras); Marca, 27 August 2011 (Spanish)
  12. ^ Yebda se rompe el cruzado y será baja entre 6 y 8 meses (Yebda tears cruciate and will miss six to eight months); Diario AS, 20 February 2012 (Spanish)
  13. ^ Yebda permanecerá entre cuatro y seis semanas de baja (Yebda to miss four to six weeks); Diario AS, 20 September 2012 (Spanish)
  14. ^ Yebda se perfila para jugar la Copa (Yebda in line to play Cup); Granada Hoy, 27 November 2012 (Spanish)
  15. ^ Fujairah beat Premier League clubs to Hassan Yebda signature; Sport 360, 15 August 2014
  16. ^ CAN 2012 : Algérie 1–0 Maroc, Les Verts se relancent (CAN 2012 : Algérie 1–0 Maroc, Les Verts regain momentum); DZ Foot, 27 March 2011 (French)
  17. ^ "Algeria World Cup 2014 squad". The Daily Telegraph. 2 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  18. ^ "Algeria book Germany date, eliminate Russia". FIFA.com. 26 June 2014. Retrieved 27 June 2014. 
  19. ^ Yebda accueilli tel un héros à Taourirt (Yebda welcomed as hero at Taourirt); Le Buteur, 14 October 2009 (French)
  20. ^ Yebda: "J'espère rejoindre les verts bientôt" (Yebda: "I hope to join les verts soon"); Le Buteur, 9 June 2009 (French)

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