Hassan Yebda was born on 14 May, 1984 in Saint-Maurice, Val-de-Marne. Hassan 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 amateurHe is an Algerian professional footballer who plays for Portuguese club C.F. Os Belenenses 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.
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. A constant midfield fixture, he was voted the Primeira Liga’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.
On 22 August 2011, Hassan joined Granada CF in Spain, signing a three-year contract. He made his official debut five days later, coming as a second-half substitute in a 0–1 La Liga home loss against Real Betis. Yebda’s spell in Andalusia was greatly undermined by injury problems.
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.