Hirving Rodrigo Lozano Bahena (born 30 July 1995) is a Mexican professional footballer who plays as a winger for Serie A club Napoli and the Mexico national team. He previously played for the Mexican professional football team C.F. Pachuca, where he spent five seasons with the youth team before making it into the senior squad. He has made 149 appearances for Pachuca's senior team, scoring 43 goals, and has also scored 15 goals for PSV Eindhoven in just 27 appearances so far in less than a year since he signed to the club. He has scored seven international goals for the Mexican senior team in 24 appearances to date. A right-footed player, he is known for playing on the left side for the majority of the time on the field. A talented classic inverted winger possessing great power in his right foot, he has often proved himself dangerous for the opponent defense while shooting after cutting in from the left-hand side. It has recently been reported that Premier League club Arsenal is considering a £30million deal to get him signed to replace their striker Alexis Sanchez who left for Manchester United. He has been included as a player in the FIFA 18 video game in its Career Mode.
PSV Eindhoven Years
In 2017, it was announced that Dutch club PSV Eindhoven had secured the signing of Lozano on a six-year contract. Lozano made his competitive debut for PSV in the Europa League qualifiers against Croatian side Osijek, playing in both legs as they failed to make the group stage as a result of a 2–0 aggregate score.Lozano scored on his Eredivisie debut with PSV against AZ Alkmaar. He started and played 84 minutes in his team's 3–2 victory. A week later, he scored once again and provided an assist in PSV's 4–0 win over NAC Breda.The following week, Lozano scored again in PSV's 2–0 victory against Roda JC; he became the first player to score in his first three games with PSV, and he was later named Eredivisie Player of the Month for the month of August.On 10 September 2017, Lozano received his first red card for PSV in a 2–0 defeat against SC Heerenveen.
Lozano won the Eredivisie title with PSV following their 3–0 win over rivals Ajax in 2018. He ended the season as the team's highest scorer in the league with 17 league goals and providing 11 assists.
Lozano appeared as a second-half substitute in PSV's first match of the 2018–19 season, against Feyenoord in the 2018 Johan Cruyff Shield. With the match tied 0–0 at full time and going into penalties, Lozano successfully converted one but ended on the losing side of a 6–5 loss.On 11 August, Lozano scored in PSV's 2018–19 Eredivisie opener against FC Utrecht, scoring the third goal in their 4–0 victory.He scored again the following week in a 2–1 victory over Fortuna Sittard.Three days later, Lozano made his UEFA Champions League debut against BATE; he scored PSV's second goal in their 3–2 victory in the first-leg of the playoff qualification round.
In September, he made his UEFA Champions League group stage debut against Barcelona, playing all ninety minutes in PSV's 4–0 defeat. His performance led him to be included in the league's best XI for September. Lozano scored another brace against VVV, scoring the first and final goal in PSV's 4–0 victory. Later, he scored his first goal in the Champions League group stage as PSV drew 2–2 with Tottenham Hotspur, also managing to send Hugo Lloris off with a red card due to an outside-of-the-box infraction.Lozano scored in PSV's 1–1 draw with Inter Milan in the final group stage match of the Champions League on 11 December. He was subsequently named in the Champions League breakthrough team of 2018.
Moving to Napoli
On August 2019, Lozano officially joined Italian club Napoli.Lozano made his Serie A debut as a second-half substitute against Juventus in Turin, scoring his side's second goal in a 4–3 defeat.He appeared as an unused substitute in Napoli's Coppa Italia victory against Juventus, defeating them 4–2 in a penalty shoot-out following a scoreless draw, becoming the first Mexican to win a title with an Italian club.During the final fixtures of his first season with Napoli, Lozano received more playing time, finishing with 26 league matches and netting 4 goals.
In 2020–21 season,Napoli faced Parma in their opening league match of the 2020–21 season, where Lozano was in the starting line-up in the 2–0 win. The following week against Genoa saw Lozano score his first brace with the club in a 6–0 victory.The following month, he scored his second brace against Atalanta in a 4–1 victory. On 26 November, he scored his first Europa League goal in a group stage match against Croatian side Rijeka, sealing a 2–0 home victory.
In 2021, he scored his team's only goal in a 3–1 away defeat to Hellas Verona, which was clocked at 8.95 seconds from the start of the match, making it the third-fastest goal in the Serie A, the club's fastest goal, and Lozano's personal fastest. Four days later, in the Coppa Italia quarter-final match against Spezia, he scored his 100th goal across all competitions.He finished his second season with 32 league matches, notching 11 goals as the club's second highest scorer.
For 2021–22 season, Lozano scored his first goal of the season on 20 September, the fourth in a 4–0 victory over Udinese at the Stadio Friuli. It was his 60th goal in Europe, surpassing Nery Castillo as the fifth-highest scoring Mexican in Europe.
Lozano made his return as a 63rd minute substitute in the Coppa Italia round of 16 match against Fiorentina, only to be sent off after twenty minutes following a late challenge on Nicolás González. Four days later, he scored his first brace of the season in Napoli's 2–0 league win over Bologna.
Playing for the Mexican national U-20 team, Hirving Lozano participated in the 2015 CONCACAF U-20 Championship, in which he scored a brace and assisted in four more goals in the team's first game against Cuba. Mexico won the tournament for the 13th time and secured a berth for the under-20 World Cup in New Zealand, while he finished with a total of five goals to earn the Golden Boot.
On September 18, 2015, he was selected by Mexican U-23 coach Raúl Gutierrez to play in the CONCACAF Olympic Qualifying Championship, which the team won by 2-0 defeating Honduras. During the Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the following year, he was sent off in stoppage time after shoving a Korean player in their third group match, which they lost and were eliminated.
On February 10, 2016, he made his national debut for the senior team, under coach Juan Carlos Osorio, as a starter in the friendly against Senegal, assisting in the second goal in a 2-0 win. He scored his first international goal for Mexico in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying third round match against Canada and helped the team to a 3-0 win.
He played for Mexico in the 2017 FIFA Confederations Cup during which he scored the winning goal in the 2-1 win against hosts Russia in the final group stage match. He chased a long clearance from Héctor Herrera and beat goalkeeper Igor Akinfeev to the ball towards the edge of the box to score into the open net.
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