Ryad Boudebouz

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Ryad Boudebouz
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Personal information
Full name Ryad Boudebouz
Date of birth (1990-02-19) 19 February 1990 (age 27)
Place of birth Colmar, France
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Betis
Number 10
Youth career
2000–2004 Colmar
2004–2008 Sochaux
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2008–2013 Sochaux 164 (24)
2013–2015 Bastia 66 (8)
2015–2017 Montpellier 71 (13)
2017– Betis 0 (0)
National team
2006 France U17 2 (0)
2008–2009 France U19 10 (1)
2010– Algeria 24 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 09:00, 30 May 2017 (UTC).
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 9 October 2016

Ryad Boudebouz (Arabic: رياض بودبوز‎‎) (born 19 February 1990) is an Algerian football player who currently plays as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Betis and the Algeria national team.[1] Mainly an attacking midfielder, he can also play as a right winger.

A former French youth international, Boudebouz switched allegiances to Algeria in 2010 and played for the team at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Born in Colmar to Algerian parents, Boudebouz grew up in the 'Europe' district of the city. At age 10, he joined the junior ranks of local side SR Colmar where he stayed until age 14 when he joined the FC Sochaux-Montbéliard Academy. Boudebouz made his debut for the club's reserve side at the age of 16. On 15 May 2008, Boudebouz signed his first professional contract with the club agreeing to a three-year deal tying him to the club until 2011.[2]

On 4 October 2008, Boudebouz made his first team debut for Sochaux, starting in a league match against Nice.[3] On 8 November 2008, he scored his first career goal, the winner in a 2–1 victory against Le Mans.[4]

On 2 September 2013 - the last day of the 2013–14 summer transfer window - Boudebouz signed a three-year contract with Corsica-based club SC Bastia, for a reported fee of €1 million.[5]

After two seasons in Corsica, Boudebouz joined Montpellier HSC with a four-year contract, as part of a deal that saw Yassine Jebbour join the Corsican team.[6][7]

International career[edit]

Boudebouz received a surprise call-up to the France under-21 squad, who were looking to start fresh after their elimination from the 2009 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship, for a friendly against Denmark. However, Ryad decided to pass on the offer instead opting to play with the under-19 team who were in the process of qualifying for the 2009 UEFA European Under-19 Football Championship, in which they later progressed.

On 4 May 2010, Boudebouz was named to the Algeria national team 2010 World Cup preliminary squad. Boudebouz had been in the process of acquiring a passport to represent the nation of his parents since 2009. On 28 May 2010, Boudebouz made his debut for Algeria in a friendly against the Republic of Ireland. Starting the game on the bench, he was substituted in at the 65th minute.[8] He was included in the final 23-man squad for the World Cup.[9]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of 30 May 2017[10]
Team Season League[nb 1] Cup[nb 2] Europe[nb 3] Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Sochaux 2008–09 25 3 2 0 27 3
2009–10 31 3 5 4 36 7
2010–11 38 8 2 0 40 8
2011–12 36 6 2 0 2 0 40 6
2012–13 32 3 3 2 35 5
2013–14 2 1 2 1
Total 164 24 14 6 2 0 180 30
Bastia 2013–14 32 3 3 0 35 3
2014–15 34 5 4 0 38 5
Total 66 8 7 0 0 0 73 8
Montpellier 2015–16 38 2 1 0 39 2
2016–17 33 11 1 0 34 11
Total 71 13 2 0 0 0 73 13
Career total 301 45 23 6 2 0 326 51

International[edit]