José Carlos Marafona
|Full name||José Carlos Coentrão Marafona|
|Date of birth||8 May 1987|
|Place of birth||Vila do Conde, Portugal|
|Height||1.90 m (6 ft 3 in)|
|2011–2013||→ Aves (loan)||63||(0)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 21 May 2017
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 28 March 2017
Born in Vila do Conde, Marafona joined neighbouring Varzim SC's youth system in 2001, aged 14. After amassing only five Segunda Liga appearances combined in his first two seasons as a senior, he eventually became first-choice.
Marafona signed with C.S. Marítimo in the 2010 summer, being then loaned to C.D. Aves and representing the club during two second level campaigns. He appeared in only one competitive match with the former side, precisely against Aves for the domestic League Cup (2–1 home win).
In late August 2013, Marafona joined Moreirense FC, contributing with 25 appearances in his first season as his team returned to the Primeira Liga after one year out. He made his debut in the Portuguese top flight on 17 August 2014, keeping a clean sheet in a 1–0 away win against C.D. Nacional.
Marafona signed for two years with F.C. Paços de Ferreira also in the top flight, in July 2015. In late January of the following year, however, he joined fellow league club S.C. Braga as his previous contract contained a clause that he was to be released if a bigger team showed interest in acquiring his services. He appeared in 14 competitive games with the latter until the end of the season, including the final of the Taça de Portugal where he saved two penalty shootout attempts against FC Porto (Héctor Herrera and Maxi Pereira) in an eventual 4–2 win (2–2 after 120 minutes).
On 31 March 2015, at nearly 28 years of age, Marafona was called up to the Portugal national team for the first time, remaining an unused substitute as Anthony Lopes featured in goal in the 0–2 friendly defeat against Cape Verde in Estoril. His first cap arrived nearly two years later, in a 2–3 loss to Sweden in Funchal also in an exhibition game.
- "Verde-rubros treinam no Jamor" [Green-and-white train at the Jamor]. Record (in Portuguese). 20 August 2010. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Marafona e Élvis garantidos" [Marafona and Élvis confirmed]. Record (in Portuguese). 22 July 2012. Archived from the original on 2 April 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Rafa cedido ao Felgueiras" [Rafa loaned to Felgueiras]. Record (in Portuguese). 4 September 2013. Archived from the original on 24 September 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Moreirense conquista o título" [Moreirense win title]. Record (in Portuguese). 11 May 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Nacional-Moreirense, 0–1: Mãos de Marafona e trunfos do banco" [Nacional-Moreirense, 0–1: Hands of Marafona and jokers from the bench]. Record (in Portuguese). 18 August 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Paços garante guarda-redes Marafona" [Paços confirm goalkeeper Marafona] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços de Ferreira. 2 July 2014. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
- "Acertada transferência de Marafona para o SC Braga" [Marafona transfer to SC Braga agreed] (in Portuguese). F.C. Paços de Ferreira. 25 January 2016. Retrieved 23 May 2016.
- "Sp. Braga vence Taça de Portugal" [Sp. Braga win Portuguese Cup] (in Portuguese). Rádio Renascença. 22 May 2016. Retrieved 22 May 2016.
- "Lesão grave afasta Marafona dos relvados por seis meses" [Serious injury takes Marafona six months from the pitches]. O Jogo (in Portuguese). 22 May 2017. Retrieved 8 November 2017.
- "Portugal 0–2 Cape Verde Islands". BBC Sport. 31 March 2015. Retrieved 1 April 2015.
- "Portugal 2 Sweden 3: Last-gasp Cancelo own-goal ruins Ronaldo's homecoming". Goal.com. 28 March 2017. Retrieved 28 March 2017.