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José Pratas Romão (born 13 April 1954) is a Portuguese retired footballer who played as a winger, and is a coach.

José Romão
Raja de Casablanca vs Al Taliya, Arabian Champions League, October 29 2008-01.jpg
Romão on the sidelines for Raja Casablanca
Personal information
Full name José Pratas Romão
Date of birth (1954-04-13) 13 April 1954 (age 65)
Place of birth Beja, Portugal
Playing position Winger
Youth career
1966–1969 Desportivo Beja
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1971 Desportivo Beja
1971–1976 Vitória Guimarães 11 (0)
1976–1978 Fafe 29 (5)
1978–1979 Penafiel
1979–1981 Riopele 33 (1)
1981–1983 Alcobaça 49 (7)
1983–1984 Vizela
Total 122 (13)
Teams managed
1984–1986 Vizela
1986–1989 Penafiel
1989–1990 Chaves
1990 Vitória Setúbal
1990–1992 Chaves
1992–1993 Famalicão
1994 Belenenses
1995 Tirsense
1996–1997 Chaves
1998 Académica
1999–2000 Alverca
2000–2002 Portugal (assistant)
2003–2004 Portugal U21
2005–2006 Wydad Casablanca
2007–2008 Al-Arabi Qatar
2009–2010 Raja Casablanca
2010–2011 Al-Kuwait
2011–2014 Al-Arabi Kuwait
2014–2015 Raja Casablanca
2015–2016 FAR Rabat
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Playing careerEdit

Born in Beja, Alentejo, Romão started playing for local C.D. Beja. He also represented Vitória de Guimarães, AD Fafe, F.C. Penafiel, G.D. Riopele, G.C. Alcobaça and F.C. Vizela during his 15-year professional career.

Romão spent five seasons in the Primeira Liga with Guimarães, never managing to be more than a reserve player.[1][2] His last campaign in that level was 1982–83, being relegated with Alcobaça,[3] and he retired in June 1984 at only 30 years of age.

Coaching careerEdit

Romão started working as a manager immediately after retiring, being in charge as Vizela had its first and only experience in the top flight in 1984–85 – the team finished in the 16th and last position in the league, being immediately relegated. From the start of the 1987–88 season until the end of the 1999–2000 campaign he always worked in the Portuguese top tier, starting with Penafiel and being mainly in charge of G.D. Chaves, which he led to the fifth place in 1989–90 in a total of three stints.

In the summer of 2000, Romão joined António Oliveira's staff at the Portuguese national team, holding his position until the end of the 2002 FIFA World Cup.[4] Subsequently, he was in charge of the under-21 side,[5] and was also the nation's manager at the ill-fated campaign in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.[6]

Romão started managing abroad in 2005 with Wydad AC, then had spells with Al-Arabi SC (Qatar), Raja Casablanca (two),[7][8] Kuwait SC[9] and Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait).[10] During his stint in the Moroccan Botola, he led both WAC and Raja to the national championship.[11]


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