Petit in 2009
Armando Gonçalves Teixeira
Date of birth
25 September 1976
Place of birth
1.74 m (5 ft
8 in) 1⁄ 2
1986–1987 Bom Pastor
União Lamas 31
Gil Vicente 30
1. FC Köln 87
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (goals)
Armando Gonçalves Teixeira ( Portuguese pronunciation: ; born 25 September 1976), known as [ɐɾˈmɐ̃du ɡõˈsaɫvɨʃ tejˈʃejɾɐ] Petit, is a retired Portuguese professional 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 by supporters because of his fierce approach, in addition to a powerful outside shot. Pitbull
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.
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, 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).
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 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.
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, ending [1 ] 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 ] and Köln were also relegated. In August 2012 he returned to Boavista, with the club now in the [3 ] third division. In October he was appointed player-coach, becoming a full-time manager in the following season. [4 ]
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, going on to be summoned for [5 ] 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. [6 ]
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 ]
Statistics [ edit ]
[10 ] [11 ]
Coaching record [ edit ]
As of 15 February 2015
Boavista 9 October 2012
Honours [ edit ]
Portugal [ edit ]
Individual [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]