Jacques-Alaixys Romao (born 18 January 1984), commonly known as Alaixys Romao, is a professional footballer who plays as a midfielder for Greek Super League 2 club Athens Kallithea. Born in France, he represents Togo at international level.

Alaixys Romao
Romao with Togo in 2009
Personal information
Full name Jacques-Alaixys Romao[1]
Date of birth (1984-01-18) 18 January 1984 (age 39)
Place of birth L'Haÿ-les-Roses, France
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Team information
Current team
Athens Kallithea
Number 4
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2002–2004 Toulouse B 71 (0)
2004–2007 Louhans-Cuiseaux 82 (5)
2007–2010 Grenoble 103 (2)
2010–2013 Lorient 93 (4)
2013–2016 Marseille 127 (4)
2016–2018 Olympiacos 55 (6)
2018–2020 Reims 62 (0)
2020–2021 Guingamp 35 (0)
2021–2023 Ionikos 61 (1)
2023– Athens Kallithea 0 (0)
International career
2002–2003 France U18 0 (0)
2005– Togo 82 (0)
Medal record
Winner Super League 2016-17
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 23:00, 13 May 2023 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18 June 2023

Club career Edit

Early career Edit

Romao started his professional career with Toulouse FC, but only managed appearances for the B team in 2004–05 and was then transferred for free to Louhans-Cuiseaux in the Championnat National, the French third tier.[citation needed]

Grenoble Edit

In the 2007–08 season, he was traded for free to Grenoble and his career took off. A solid and rugged defensive midfielder, Romao proved a valuable asset for Grenoble. His first season with the club saw him appear 30 times in Ligue 2 with 2 goals and 10 yellow cards topped with a promotion to Ligue 1.[citation needed]

In 2008–09, he made 37 appearances, 32 of them as a starter in Ligue 1 and managed to avoid the drop. The next season, Romao made 29 appearances for Grenoble and 2 assists. However, Grenoble was not able to avoid the drop this time and was relegated.[citation needed]

Lorient Edit

Romao was then signed by FC Lorient in July 2010 for a reported fee of 8,000.00 GBP. In the 2010–11 season, his first with FC Lorient, Romao made 33 appearances in Ligue 1 with a goal and 2 assists, 2 appearances in the Ligue Cup and 2 appearances in the French Cup competition with 1 goal. Romao made another 32 appearances as a starter in the 2011–12 season with a goal and an assist, but also with 11 yellow cards and 2 red cards.[citation needed]

Marseille Edit

On 31 January 2013, Romao was signed by Marseille. According to L'Équipe, the transfer fee paid to Lorient was €2 million and the duration of Romao's contract was 3.5 years.[2] At the end of his contract in the summer of 2016, he was released by the club, having made 127 appearances in all competitions, scoring 4 goals.[3][4]

Olympiacos Edit

On 31 August 2016, Romao joined Greek club Olympiacos, signing a two-year contract with the option of another year.[3] At the end of the season, he helped the club to win the 7th consecutive Super League title.

On 16 August 2017, he scored his first international goal with the club, as Olympiacos came from behind, in first half, to win 2–1 against HNK Rijeka in added time for the 1st leg of UEFA Champions League play-offs.[5] On 16 September 2017, he signed a new contract with the club, which would keep him at the club till the summer of 2020.[6]

Reims Edit

On 24 July 2018, Romao joined French club Stade de Reims, signing a two-year deal with the option of another year.[7]

Guingamp Edit

Following the expiration of his contract at Reims, Romao joined Guingamp on a free transfer.[8]

Ionikos Edit

On 30 June 2021, Romao signed an one-year contract with Greek club Ionikos as a free agent. No agreement could be found on the contours of an extension in Brittany.[9]

Athens Kallithea FC Edit

On 1 July 2023, Romao signed with Greek club Athens Kallithea FC.[10]

International career Edit

The French-born player has featured for the French under-18 national team,[citation needed] but is a member of the Togolese national team since 2005, for which he was called up to the 2006 World Cup.[11]

In 2013 he played in all matches at 2013 Africa Cup of Nations where his team reached the quarter-finals.[12]

In March 2019, Romao was called up for the first time since October 2017, being selected for the decisive 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualification match against Benin.[13]

References Edit

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup Germany 2006 – List of Players" (PDF). Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA). Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 6 June 2019.
  2. ^ "Les détails du transfert de Romao" [Details of the Romao transfer]. Le Phoceen (in French). 1 February 2013. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  3. ^ a b "OM - Transfert : Alaixys Romao rejoint l'Olympiakos (Off.) !" [OM - Transfer: Alaixys Romao joins Olympiakos!]. Foot Sur 7 (in French). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  4. ^ "Alayxis Romao à l'Olympiakos (off)" [Alaixys Romao to Olympiakos]. L'Équipe (in French). 31 August 2016. Retrieved 7 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Olympiakos vs Rijeka 2-1". www.uefa.com. 16 August 2017. Retrieved 18 August 2017.
  6. ^ "Ανανέωσε με Ρομαό ο Ολυμπιακός". www.sport24.gr. 16 September 2017.
  7. ^ "Επίσημο: Ο Ρομαό στη Ρεμς" (in Greek). www.sport24.gr. Retrieved 24 July 2018.
  8. ^ "Alaixys Romao: Togolese midfielder joins Guingamp from Reims". www.goal.com. Retrieved 21 August 2020.
  9. ^ "En Avant Guingamp. Alaixys Romao signe un an à Ionikos" (in French). www.ouest-france.fr. Retrieved 30 June 2021.
  10. ^ "Alaixys Romao joins Athens Kallithea FC". Athens Kallithea FC. Retrieved 1 July 2023.
  11. ^ "Arsenal's Adebayor in Togo squad". BBC Sport. 16 May 2006. Retrieved 8 March 2019.
  12. ^ "AfricanFootball – Togo".
  13. ^ Barrie, Mohamed Fajah (6 March 2019). "Emmanuel Adebayor: Veteran striker in Togo squad for crucial Afcon qualifier". BBC Sport. Retrieved 8 March 2019.

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