Petit (Portuguese footballer)

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This name uses Portuguese naming customs. The first or maternal family name is Gonçalves and the second or paternal family name is Teixeira.
Petit
Petit POR.jpg
Petit in 2009
Personal information
Full name Armando Gonçalves Teixeira
Date of birth (1976-09-25) 25 September 1976 (age 37)
Place of birth Strasbourg, France
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8 12 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Boavista (coach)
Youth career
1986–1987 Bom Pastor
1987–1995 Boavista
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Esposende 26 (1)
1996–1997 Gondomar 13 (2)
1997–1998 União Lamas 31 (3)
1998–1999 Esposende 30 (3)
1999–2000 Gil Vicente 30 (4)
2000–2002 Boavista 51 (7)
2002–2008 Benfica 148 (12)
2008–2012 1. FC Köln 87 (5)
2012–2013 Boavista 8 (2)
Total 424 (39)
National team
2001–2008 Portugal 57 (4)
Teams managed
2012– Boavista
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Armando Gonçalves Teixeira (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾˈmɐ̃du ɡõˈsaɫvɨʃ tejˈʃejɾɐ], born 25 September 1976), commonly known as Petit, is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and the current manager of Boavista FC.

He received the moniker Petit because of his small frame, and also because he was born in France. He also became known as Pitbull by supporters because of his fierce approach, in addition to a powerful outside shot.

After helping Boavista win its first and only Portuguese championship, he went on to amass more than 200 official appearances for Benfica, winning another three major titles. He also spent several seasons in Germany with 1. FC Köln, but his later years were marred by injury problems.

A Portuguese international during the 2000s, Petit represented the nation in two World Cups – finishing fourth in the 2006 edition – and as many European Championships.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Boavista[edit]

Petit was born to Portuguese parents in Strasbourg, France, returning to his motherland still as an infant. After four years with very modest clubs, he first established himself at the top level with Gil Vicente F.C. where he was a key player, helping the Barcelos team to its best ever first division finish (fifth, narrowly missing out on qualification to the UEFA Cup).

After one season Petit left for Boavista FC, being instrumental in the side's only league conquest and going on to have his first experience in the UEFA Champions League.

Benfica[edit]

In the 2002 summer Petit moved to S.L. Benfica, being an instant first-choice. In his third year, he scored twice in 29 games as the Reds ended an 11-year drought and won the national championship.

After impressive showings in the club's 2005–06 Champions League campaign, which ended at the hands of eventual champions FC Barcelona in the quarterfinals, Manchester United, and Olympique Lyonnais were linked with the player, whom however was reluctant to leave one of his favourite clubs, staying a further two years.

FC Köln[edit]

On 29 July 2008, Petit signed for newly promoted 1. FC Köln in Germany. He netted his first goal with his new club on 7 August, against SV Niederauerbach in the season's domestic cup. On 1 November he scored his first in the Bundesliga, a 90th minute effort against VfB Stuttgart in a 3–1 triumph,[1] ending his debut season with 31 matches out of 34 as the team easily maintained its status.

35-year old Petit missed the entire 2011–12 due to an anterior cruciate ligament injury,[2][3] and Köln were also relegated.

Late career[edit]

In August 2012, aged nearly 36, Petit returned to Boavista, with the club now in the third division.[4] He acted as player-coach to the team for 15 games.

International career[edit]

Petit made his international debut for Portugal on 2 June 2001, in a 1–1 draw against Republic of Ireland in Dublin for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifying rounds. He played for the national team in the finals, and was also was a member of the national team that reached the final at UEFA Euro 2004, hosted by Portugal.

Petit netted from two long free kicks in a 7–1 home drubbing of Russia, in the 2006 World Cup qualifiers,[5] going on to be summoned for the final stages in Germany where he scored an own goal in the 61st minute of the third place playoff against the hosts,[6] becoming the fourth player in the tournament to score in that fashion.

Following Euro 2008, where he started for the eventual quarterfinalists, Petit announced his retirement from international football, at nearly 32. In total, he won 57 caps and scored four goals.

International goals[edit]

Petit: International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 13 October 2004 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Russia 6–1 7–1 2006 World Cup qualification
2 13 October 2004 Estádio José Alvalade, Lisbon, Portugal  Russia 7–1 7–1 2006 World Cup qualification
3 12 November 2005 Estádio Cidade de Coimbra, Coimbra, Portugal  Croatia 1–0 2–0 Friendly
4 27 May 2006 Complexo Desportivo de Évora, Évora, Portugal  Cape Verde 3–1 4–1 Friendly

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Boavista
Benfica

Country[edit]

Individual[edit]

Orders[edit]

Club statistics[edit]

[8]

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Portugal League Taça de Portugal Taça da Liga Europe Total
1995–96 Esposende Segunda Divisão 26 1 0 0 26 1
1996–97 Gondomar Segunda Divisão 13 2 0 0 13 2
1997–98 União Lamas Liga de Honra 31 3 2 0 33 3
1998–99 Esposende Liga de Honra 30 3 4 1 34 4
1999–00 Gil Vicente Primeira Liga 30 4 2 0 32 4
2000–01 Boavista Primeira Liga 26 3 4 0 3 0 33 3
2001–02 25 4 2 1 9 1 36 5
2002–03 Benfica Primeira Liga 25 2 1 0 26 2
2003–04 23 0 3 0 9 0 35 0
2004–05 29 2 5 0 8 0 42 2
2005–06 30 3 2 0 9 0 41 3
2006–07 24 4 2 0 14 2 40 6
2007–08 17 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 24 1
Germany League DFB-Pokal Other Europe Total
2008–09 1. FC Köln Bundesliga 31 3 2 1 33 4
2009–10 32 1 4 0 36 1
2010–11 24 1 0 0 24 1
2011–12 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total Portugal 329 32 27 2 0 0 59 3 415 32
Germany 87 5 6 1 0 0 93 6
Career total 416 37 33 3 0 0 59 3 508 38

References[edit]

  1. ^ "VfB Stuttgart 1–3 1. FC Köln". ESPN Soccernet. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  2. ^ "Kölns Petit fällt ein halbes Jahr aus" [Köln's Petit to miss half a year] (in German). Focus. 15 May 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "Petit wieder auf dem Platz" [Petit returns] (in German). 1. FC Köln. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  4. ^ "Mercado: Boavista promove regresso de antigas estrelas" [Market: Boavista promotes return of former stars] (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. 26 August 2012. Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ronaldo leads Portugal procession". UEFA.com. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  6. ^ "Schweinsteiger starts German party". UEFA.com. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 
  7. ^ "Selecção distinguida pelo Duque de Bragança" [National team honoured by Duke of Bragança] (in Portuguese). Cristiano Ronaldo News. 30 August 2006. Retrieved 30 August 2006. 
  8. ^ "Petit" (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. Retrieved 13 May 2011. 

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