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 (Portuguese pronunciation: [ɐɾˈmɐ̃du ɡõˈsaɫvɨʃ tejˈʃejɾɐ]; born 25 September 1976), known as Petit, is a retired Portuguese professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and 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 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, moving to his parents' motherland still as an infant. After four years with 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).
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 Eagles 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.
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.
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||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|
- As of 15 February 2015
|Boavista||9 October 2012||Present||93||38||22||33||130||111||+19||40.86|
- "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.
- "Petit passa a treinador-jogador" [Petit is now a player-coach] (in Portuguese). O Jogo. 9 October 2012. Retrieved 21 October 2014.
- "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.
- "Italy rebounds to defeat Belarus 4–3". China Daily. 14 October 2004. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
- "Portugal 2–0 Croatia". Scoresway. 12 November 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Portugal 4–1 Cabo Verde" (in Portuguese). Zerozero. 27 May 2006. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Petit" (in Portuguese). Futebol 365. 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] (in Portuguese). Diário de Notícias. 23 May 2005. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Benfica vence Taça de Portugal (2–1)" [Benfica wins Portuguese Cup (2–1)] (in Portuguese). Público. 16 May 2004. Retrieved 20 September 2014.
- "Benfica vence Supertaça frente ao Setúbal" [Benfica wins 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 at footballzz.co.uk
- Petit profile at ForaDeJogo
- Petit at fussballdaten.de (German)
- Petit at National-Football-Teams.com
- Petit – FIFA competition record