Stopyra (right) in action for France in 1986
|Date of birth||9 January 1961|
|Place of birth||Troyes, France|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Troyes, Aube of Polish ancestry, Stopyra spent 15 of his 17 seasons as a professional in Ligue 1, representing FC Sochaux-Montbéliard, Stade Rennais FC, Toulouse FC, FC Girondins de Bordeaux, AS Cannes and FC Metz. He made his senior debuts with the former at only 17, helping it to the second position in the domestic championship in 1979–80 and the following campaign's UEFA Cup semifinals.
Stopyra gained his first cap for the French national team on 27 February 1980, in a friendly with Greece where he scored the final 5–1. He appeared in a further 32 internationals and netted 11 goals, during eight years.
Stopyra was picked by manager Henri Michel for the squad that competed at the 1986 FIFA World Cup. He appeared in all the games but one in Mexico as Les Bleus finished in third position, scoring against Hungary in the group stage (3–0) and against Italy in the round-of-16 (2–0).
- Braun, Didier (July–August 2000). "L’Équipe de France de football, c'est l'histoire en raccourci d'un siecle d'immigration" [France national team, a century of immigration in a nutshell] (in French). L'Équipe. Retrieved 15 August 2009.
- "Bordeaux: Stopyra intègre le centre de formation" [Bordeaux: Stopyra joins youth center] (in French). Foot 365. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014.
- French Football Federation profile (French)
- Yannick Stopyra at National-Football-Teams.com
- Yannick Stopyra – FIFA competition record