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Yannick Stopyra

Yannick Stopyra
Stopyra (right) in action for France in 1986
Personal information
Date of birth (1961-01-09) 9 January 1961
Place of birth Troyes, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Striker
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1983 Sochaux 176 (57)
1983–1984 Rennes 37 (9)
1984–1988 Toulouse 147 (46)
1988–1989 Bordeaux 34 (8)
1989–1991 Cannes 37 (9)
1991–1992 Metz 24 (1)
1992–1994 Mulhouse 59 (22)
Total 514 (152)
National team
1980–1988 France 33 (11)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Yannick Stopyra (born 9 January 1961) is a French retired footballer who played as a striker.

He amassed Ligue 1 totals of 455 games and 130 goals in representation of six teams, mainly Sochaux and Toulouse, during a 17-year professional career.

Stopyra appeared for France at the 1986 World Cup.


  • Club career 1
  • International career 2
  • Honours 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

Club career

Born in Troyes, Aube of Polish ancestry,[1] 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 retired in June 1994 at the age of 33, after two years in Ligue 2 with FC Mulhouse. He later returned to Bordeaux, going on to work with its youth sides.[2]

International career

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).



  1. ^ Braun, Didier (July–August 2000). "L’Équipe de France de football, c'est l'histoire en raccourci d'un siècle d'immigration" [France national team, a century of immigration in a nutshell] (PDF) (in French).  
  2. ^ "Bordeaux: Stopyra intègre le centre de formation" [Bordeaux: Stopyra joins youth center] (in French). Foot 365. 1 June 2012. Retrieved 9 May 2014. 

External links

  • French Football Federation profile (French)
  • Yannick Stopyra at
  • Yannick Stopyra – FIFA competition record
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