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, 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 14-year professional career.
Romão spent five seasons in the top division with Guimarães, never managing to be more than a reserve player. His last campaign in the category 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 main category in 1984–85 – the team finished in the 16th and last position in the league, being immediately relegated back. From the start of the 1987–88 season until the end of the 1999–2000 campaign he always worked in the Portuguese top flight, 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 2000 summer 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.
- Época 1972/73: Primeira Divisão (1972/73 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 27 April 2007 (Portuguese)
- Época 1975/76: Primeira Divisão (1975/76 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 5 April 2007 (Portuguese)
- Época 1982/83: Primeira Divisão (1982/83 Season: First Division); Arquivos da Bola, 8 June 2007 (Portuguese)
- Geração de ouro despede-se sem passar o testemunho (Golden generation says goodbye without finding successor)[permanent dead link]; Diário de Notícias, 27 July 2007 (Portuguese)
- José Romao nouvel entraineur du Raja Casablanca (José Romao new Raja Casablanca coach); Bladi, 22 October 2009 (French)
- José Romão eleito treinador da época no Kuwait (José Romão chosen manager of the year in Kuwait); Zerozero, 9 June 2011 (Portuguese)