Romão on the sidelines for Raja Casablanca
|Full name||José Pratas Romão|
|Date of birth||13 April 1954|
|Place of birth||Beja, Portugal|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
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. His last campaign in that level was 1982–83, being relegated with Alcobaça, and he retired in June 1984 at only 30 years of age.
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. Subsequently, he was in charge of the under-21 side, and was also the nation's manager at the ill-fated campaign in the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens.
Romão started managing abroad in 2005 with Wydad AC, then had spells with Al-Arabi SC (Qatar), Raja Casablanca (two), Kuwait SC and Al-Arabi SC (Kuwait). During his stint in the Moroccan Botola, he led both WAC and Raja to the national championship.
- Época 1972/73: Primeira Divisão (1972/73 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 27 April 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Época 1975/76: Primeira Divisão (1975/76 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 5 April 2007 (in Portuguese)
- Época 1982/83: Primeira Divisão (1982/83 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 8 June 2007 (in Portuguese)
- José Romão: «Transformar a ilusão em realidade» (José Romão: «Turn illusion into reality»); Record, 4 October 2001 (in Portuguese)
- José Romão assume sub-21 (José Romão takes over under-21s); Record, 29 January 2003 (in Portuguese)
- Geração de ouro despede-se sem passar o testemunho (Golden generation says goodbye without finding successor); Diário de Notícias, 27 July 2007 (in Portuguese)
- José Romao nouvel entraineur du Raja Casablanca (José Romao new Raja Casablanca coach); Bladi, 22 October 2009 (in French)
- José Romão já não é o treinador do Raja Casablanca (José Romão is no longer manager of Raja Casablanca); Mais Futebol, 5 May 2015 (in Portuguese)
- Romão foi eleito o técnico da época no Kuwait (Romão voted manager of the season in Kuwait); Record, 9 June 2011 (in Portuguese)
- José Romão: «Este ciclo chega ao fim mas tenho ambições» (José Romão: «This cycle comes to an end but I am ambitious»); Record, 24 April 2014 (in Portuguese)
- José Romão novamente campeão em Marrocos (José Romão champion in Morocco again); TSF, 31 May 2009 (in Portuguese)