Petit (Portuguese footballer)
- For the musician, see Armando Teixeira (musician).
Petit in 2009
|Full name||Armando Gonçalves Teixeira|
|Date of birth||25 September 1976|
|Place of birth||Strasbourg, France|
|Height||1.74 m (5 ft 8 1⁄2 in)|
|2008–2012||1. FC Köln||87||(5)|
|* 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.
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.
Early years / Boavista
Petit was born to Portuguese parents in Strasbourg, France, returning to his motherland still as an infant. After four years with very modest teams, he first established himself at the top level with Gil Vicente FC, where he was a key player, helping the Barcelos side to its best ever first division finish (fifth, narrowly missing out on UEFA Cup qualification).
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.
On 29 July 2008, Petit signed for newly promoted side 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, ending his debut season with 31 matches out of 34 as the team easily maintained its recently acquired status.
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, 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, becoming the fourth player in the tournament to score in that fashion.
|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|
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Portugal||League||Taça de Portugal||Taça da Liga||Europe||Total|
|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|
|2008–09||1. FC Köln||Bundesliga||31||3||2||1||—||—||33||4|
- "VfB Stuttgart 1–3 1. FC Köln". ESPN Soccernet. 1 November 2008. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "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.
- "Petit wieder auf dem Platz" [Petit returns] (in German). 1. FC Köln. 29 September 2011. Retrieved 7 August 2012.
- "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.
- "Ronaldo leads Portugal procession". UEFA.com. 13 October 2004. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "Schweinsteiger starts German party". UEFA.com. 8 July 2006. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "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.
- "Petit" (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- Stats and profile at Zerozero
- Stats at ForaDeJogo
- PortuGOAL profile
- Petit at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Petit at National-Football-Teams.com
- Petit – FIFA competition record