Rubén Omar Romano

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Rubén Omar Romano
Personal information
Full name Rubén Omar Romano Cachía
Date of birth (1958-05-18) 18 May 1958 (age 59)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1978 Huracán 58 (5)
1979–1981 América 26 (3)
1981 Los Angeles Aztecs
1981–1983 León 73 (24)
1983–1984 Necaxa 37 (11)
1984–1985 Puebla 32 (9)
1985–1986 San Lorenzo
1986–1987 Necaxa 38 (7)
1988–1990 Atlante 39 (4)
1990–1991 Querétaro 38 (9)
1991–1992 Atlante 37 (11)
1992–1993 Cruz Azul 24 (8)
1993–1994 Veracruz 34 (4)
1994–1995 Atlante 30 (12)
Teams managed
1998–2000 Celaya
2000–2002 Tecos
2002–2004 Morelia
2004 Pachuca
2005 Cruz Azul
2007 Atlas
2008 América
2010–2011 Santos Laguna
2011 Atlas
2012–2013 Morelia
2013–2014 Puebla
2015 Tijuana
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rubén Omar Romano Cachía (born May 18, 1958 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine-Mexican coach and former football player.

Footballer career[edit]

Romano played in Argentina for Club Atlético Huracán before leaving for Mexico in 1980 to play for Club América. He played in seven other Mexican clubs: León, Necaxa, Puebla, Querétaro, Cruz Azul, Atlante, and Veracruz.[1] He was a left footed player with a great talent for free kicks as well as an extraordinary playmaker. His best times were in León and Atlante.

He retired as a player at Atlante after the 1994-1995 season and scored 2 goals in his last game (Atlante 6-6 Puebla). In total, Romano scored 102 goals in the Mexican Football League. He is listed among the 100 best scorers of all time in Mexico.[2]

Head coach[edit]

The same year he became the assistant coach for Ricardo La Volpe of Club Atlas.

He also worked as a coach for Celaya, Tecos, Morelia, Pachuca, and Cruz Azul. With Pachuca, he qualified for the Copa Libertadores.

Cruz Azul qualified for the Mexican playoffs in Romano's first season with the team, but lost to rivals América. Romano has qualified for the play offs on six occasions for different teams.

Romano was kidnapped on July 19, 2005 near Xochimilco, in Mexico City. He was rescued on the night of September 21 of 2005, 65 days after the kidnapping, by agents of the Federal Investigation Agency (AFI). He returned to work a few days after. He was relieved of his duties with the club on December 9, 2005 after coaching for eleven matches [3] during which time Cruz Azul won two, drew three and lost five.

Afterwards he was hired by Atlas. He ended the season in last place as he didn't win in the last 11 matches.

He was named head coach of Club América on February 18, 2008 due to president Guillermo Cañedo White's dismissal of Daniel Alberto Brailovsky after a run of disappointing results. On April 30, 2008, Romano finally announced his resignation from the team right after a 4-2 loss to Flamengo in the Copa Libertadores. Ironically Club América won the next three matches, including a 0-3 against Flamengo in the Maracanã Stadium. He was presented as the head coach of Santos Laguna on December 5, 2009. With the Santos Laguna, on his first tournament he got the team to the final, and on the second tournament he had the Santos on the first place on the table and of goals. He ceased to coach Santos Laguna on Feb. 20 2011, after losing several home games and making obscene gestures at the fans.

On August 14, 2013 Rubén Omar Romano replaced Manuel Lapuente at Puebla. He was reported on September 19, 2016 to have accepted the managerial position for a struggling CF America nearing their centenary anniversary. Club America officials later retracted the offer due to fan backlash. [4]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 31 May 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Tijuana Mexico 2015 2015 19 8 2 9 28 33 −5 42.11
Total 19 8 2 9 28 33 −5 42.11