Stopira

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Not to be confused with Yannick Stopyra. ‹See Tfd›
Stopira
Personal information
Full name Ianique dos Santos Tavares
Date of birth (1988-05-20) 20 May 1988 (age 26)
Place of birth Praia, Cape Verde
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Left back
Club information
Current team
Videoton
Number 22
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2008 Sporting Praia
2008–2010 Santa Clara 32 (0)
2010–2011 Deportivo B 23 (0)
2011–2012 Feirense 15 (0)
2012– Videoton 38 (1)
National team
2008– Cape Verde 13 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 June 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 14 August 2013

Ianique dos Santos Tavares (born 20 May 1988 in Praia), commonly known as Stopira, is a Cape Verdean professional footballer who plays for Videoton FC in Hungary, as a left defender.

Club career[edit]

In 2008, Stopira signed for Portugal's C.D. Santa Clara from local Sporting Clube da Praia, playing just six games in his first season but being first-choice in the following, as the Azores team competed in the second division.

On 10 July 2010, after a thwarted transfer to top level side Vitória de Guimarães, he signed a four-year contract with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, with 75% of his right being owned by IberSports.[1] He spent his first and only season, however, with the reserves in division three.

International career[edit]

Stopira received his first call-up to the Cape Verde national team in May 2008, for a friendly with Luxembourg and a 2010 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Cameroon.[2][3] He was an unused substitute in the first two qualifying matches, and made his competitive debut against Mauritius on 22 June of that year, replacing Nando in the dying minutes.

On 24 May 2010, Stopira appeared in a friendly in Covilhã with Portugal – who was preparing for the FIFA World Cup in South Africa – playing the entire match as the minnows (ranked 117th) managed a 0–0 draw.[4]

He also won the 2009 Lusophony Games with the under-21 team.[5]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 1 June 2014[6]
Club Season League Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Santa Clara 2008–09 6 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 6 0
2009–10 26 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 30 0
Total 32 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 36 0
Deportivo B 2010–11 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Total 23 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 23 0
Feirense 2011–12 15 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
Total 15 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 18 0
Videoton 2012–13 9 0 1 0 3 0 8 0 21 0
2013–14 29 1 0 0 3 0 1 0 33 1
Total 38 1 1 0 6 0 9 0 54 1
Career totals 108 1 4 0 10 0 9 0 131 1

References[edit]

  1. ^ "El Deportivo ficha al lateral izquierdo Stopira por cuatro temporadas" [Deportivo signs fullback Stopira for four seasons] (in Spanish). Diario Marca. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010. 
  2. ^ "Foreign contingent boost Cape Verde". FIFA.com. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  3. ^ "Pele called in for Cape Verde". FIFA.com. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  4. ^ "Portugal held to 0–0 draw by Cape Verde". USA Today. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  5. ^ Delgado, Evandro (18 May 2010). "Futebol: Santa Clara dificulta transferência de Stopira para Guimarães" [Football: Santa Clara makes Stopira transfer to Guimarães difficult] (in Portuguese). Sapo Cabo Verde. Retrieved 28 June 2010. 
  6. ^ "Stopira". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 May 2014. 

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