Petit (Portuguese footballer)
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.
Armando Gonçalves Teixeira, OIH (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾˈmɐ̃du ɡõˈsaɫvɨʃ tejˈʃejɾɐ]; born 25 September 1976), known as Petit, is a former Portuguese professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is a current manager.
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 Primeira Liga 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 Portugal international during the 2000s, Petit represented the nation in two World Cups – finishing fourth in the 2006 edition – and as many European Championships. He started working as a manager in 2012, with Boavista.
Early years / Boavista
Petit was born to Portuguese parents in Strasbourg, France, moving to his parents' motherland still as an infant. After four years with modest clubs, he first established himself at the Primeira Liga with Gil Vicente F.C. where he was a key player, helping the Barcelos team to their best ever first division finish (fifth, narrowly missing out on qualification to the UEFA Cup).
Petit left for Boavista F.C. after one season, being instrumental in the side's only league conquest and going on to have his first experience in the UEFA Champions League. He made his debut in the latter competition on 11 September 2001, playing the full 90 minutes in a 1–1 group stage away draw against Liverpool.
In the summer of 2002, Petit moved to S.L. Benfica, being an instant first-choice. In his third year, he scored twice in 29 games as the club ended an 11-year drought and won the national championship.
After impressive showings in the team's 2005–06 Champions League campaign, which ended at the hands of eventual champions FC Barcelona in the quarter-finals, Manchester United and Olympique Lyonnais were linked with Petit, whom eventually renewed his contract a further two years.
FC Köln / Coaching
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, 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, and Köln were also relegated. In August 2012 he returned to Boavista, with the club now in the third division. In October he was appointed player-coach, becoming a full-time manager in the following season.
For administrative reasons, Boavista returned to the top flight in 2014. On 9 December 2015, after leaving the hotseat at the Estádio do Bessa for personal motives, he was appointed at C.D. Tondela for their first top division campaign, being one of three coaches in charge as the team avoided relegation in the last matchday.
Subsequently, Petit signed a new deal to last until 2018, but left the club on 8 January 2017 after a 1–2 home loss to F.C. Arouca. That March he was hired at Moreirense F.C. with the goal of keeping them in the top level, and left two months later by mutual consent when that was achieved.
Petit made his debut for Portugal on 2 June 2001, in a 1–1 draw against Republic of Ireland in Dublin for the 2002 FIFA World Cup qualifyiers. He played for the nation in the finals, and was also a member of the team that reached the final at UEFA Euro 2004, held on home soil.
Petit scored from two long free kicks in a 7–1 home drubbing of Russia in the 2006 World Cup qualifying campaign, going on to be summoned for the final stages in Germany where he netted 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.
Prior to the start of Euro 2008, where he started for the eventual quarter-finalists, Petit announced his retirement from international football at nearly 32. In total, he won 57 caps and scored four goals.
|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, 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|
|1995–96||Esposende||Portuguese Second Division||26||1||0||0||—||—||26||1|
|1996–97||Gondomar||Portuguese Second Division||13||2||0||0||—||—||13||2|
|1997–98||União Lamas||Segunda Liga||31||3||2||0||—||—||33||3|
|1999–00||Gil Vicente||Primeira Liga||30||4||2||0||—||—||32||4|
|2008–09||1. FC Köln||Bundesliga||31||3||2||1||—||—||33||4|
- Portugal U-16
|Boavista||9 October 2012||28 November 2015||112||44||26||42||146||137||+9||39.29|
|Tondela||9 December 2015||9 January 2017||42||11||8||23||49||70||−21||26.19|
- "Gil Vicente: Um grande Petit" [Gil Vicente: Big Petit]. Record (in Portuguese). 29 November 1999. Retrieved 6 January 2018.
- "Liverpool held by Boavista". BBC Sport. 11 September 2001. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "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]. Focus (in German). 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.
- "Petit passa a treinador-jogador" [Petit is now a player-coach]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 9 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "Petit já tinha tomado a decisão de abandonar o Boavista" [Petit had already decided to leave Boavista]. Correio da Manhã (in Portuguese). 28 November 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- "Petit é o novo treinador do Tondela" [Petit is the new manager of Tondela] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 9 December 2015. Retrieved 27 February 2016.
- "Rio Ave na Europa, Tondela assegura permanência" [Rio Ave in Europe, Tondela confirm survival] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 14 May 2016. Retrieved 15 May 2016.
- "Petit deixa de ser treinador do Tondela" [Petit stops being manager of Tondela] (in Portuguese). TSF. 9 January 2017. Retrieved 13 January 2017.
- "Oficial: Petit de saída do Moreirense" [Official: Petit exits Moreirense]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 26 May 2017. Retrieved 23 December 2017.
- "Caprichos de um vento errante" [Whims of a wandering wind]. Público (in Portuguese). 3 June 2001. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "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.
- "Petit despede-se da selecção portuguesa de futebol no Euro 2008" [Petit says goodbye to Portugal national team in Euro 2008]. Público (in Portuguese). 22 May 2008. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Raul Meireles atinge a meia centena" [Raul Meireles reaches half a century] (in Portuguese). SAPO. 7 October 2011. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Italy rebounds to defeat Belarus 4–3". China Daily. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- "Portugal venceu sempre e nunca sofreu golos com a Croácia" [Portugal has always defeated Croatia without conceding]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 24 June 2016. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Portugal vence Cabo Verde com 3 golos de Pauleta" [Portugal defeat Cape Verde with 3 goals from Pauleta] (in Portuguese). Relvado. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 23 October 2017.
- "Petit" (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. Archived from the original on 16 August 2011. Retrieved 13 May 2011.
- "Armando Petit" (in Portuguese). Footballdatabase. Retrieved 18 May 2015.
- "Petit e o Boavista: "Vieram-me as lágrimas aos olhos"" [Petit and Boavista: "Tears came to my eyes"] (in Portuguese). Mais Futebol. 15 May 2008. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Campeões, onze anos depois" [Champions, eleven years after]. Diário de Notícias (in Portuguese). 23 May 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal (2–1)" [Benfica win Portuguese Cup (2–1)]. Público (in Portuguese). 16 May 2004. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Benfica vence Supertaça frente ao Setúbal" [Benfica win Supercup against Setúbal]. Público. 13 August 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Moreira e Maniche convocados" [Moreira and Maniche called] (in Portuguese). TSF. 18 May 2004. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Footballer of the Year". RSSSF. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "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". Zerozero. Retrieved 11 January 2017.
- Petit coach profile at Soccerway