|Date of birth||2 March 1988|
|Place of birth||Tours, France|
|Height||1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|2007–2008||Le Mans B||13||(0)|
|2010||→ Avanca (loan)||3||(0)|
|2013||→ Estoril (loan)||11||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15 May 2016.
Tavares was born in Tours, France. After an unassuming spell with Le Mans FC – he only appeared officially with the reserve team – he returned to the land of his parents and joined S.C. Beira-Mar, signing a four-year contract following a successful trial period. He suffered a ligament injury to his right knee in December 2008, going on to be sidelined for several months.
Tavares contributed with 12 games (eight starts) in his second season as the Aveiro club returned to the Primeira Liga after three years. He made his debut in the competition on 15 August 2010 in a 0–0 home draw against U.D. Leiria, and finished the campaign with 21 matches, scoring in a 1–1 home draw to Rio Ave F.C. as his team finally ranked 13th, out of the relegation zone.
- "Tavares assina por 4 épocas" [Tavares signs for 4 seasons]. Record (in Portuguese). 28 July 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "Yohan Tavares tem alta amanhã" [Yohan Tavares released tomorrow]. Record (in Portuguese). 19 December 2008. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "Jardim aposta em miolo experiente" [Jardim to rely on experienced midfield]. Record (in Portuguese). 15 August 2010. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "Tavares signe pour trois ans au Standard" [Tavares signs for three years with Standard]. Le Soir (in French). 17 July 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- "Yohan Tavares no Standard Liège" [Yohan Tavares to Standard Liège]. Record (in Portuguese). 17 July 2012. Retrieved 22 January 2013.