Ryad Boudebouz was born on 19 February, 1990 in Colmar to Algerian parents. He 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. He is currently an Algerian football player who played as a midfielder for Spanish club Real Betis and the Algeria national team. 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. . 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.
On 4 October 2008, Boudebouz made his first team debut for Sochaux, starting in a league match against Nice. On 8 November 2008, he scored his first career goal, the winner in a 2–1 victory against Le Mans. On 2 September 2013 – the last day of the 2013–14 summer transfer window – Ryad signed a three-year contract with Corsica-based club SC Bastia, for a reported fee of €1 million. After two seasons in Corsica, he joined Montpellier HSC with a four-year contract, as part of a deal that saw Yassine Jebbour join the Corsican team.
Ryad 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, Boudebouz 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.