|Full name||Ianique dos Santos Tavares|
|Date of birth||20 May 1988|
|Place of birth||Praia, Cape Verde|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Left back|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 10 December 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 October 2016
Stopira was born in Praia. In 2008 he 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 Primeira Liga club Vitória de Guimarães, Stopira signed a four-year contract with Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain, with 75% of his right being owned by IberSports. He spent his first and only season, however, with the reserves in the third level.
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. 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. He also won the 2009 Lusophony Games with the under-21 team.
- As of 26 October 2014
- "El Deportivo ficha al lateral izquierdo Stopira por cuatro temporadas" [Deportivo signs left-back Stopira for four seasons] (in Spanish). Marca. 9 July 2010. Retrieved 26 November 2010.
- "Foreign contingent boost Cape Verde". FIFA.com. 21 May 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Pele called in for Cape Verde". FIFA.com. 30 May 2008. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Portugal held to 0–0 draw by Cape Verde". USA Today. 24 May 2010. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- 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. Retrieved 28 June 2010.
- "Stopira". Soccerway. Retrieved 8 May 2014.