Date of Birth: 30th July 1995 (age 23)
Club: PSV Eindhoven
The 2018 FIFA World Cup served as a stage for many young soccer players to display their talent. The World Cup had many surprising events like Spain’s inability to perform and Germany’s inability to qualify. One team whose performance truly surprised me was that of Mexico’s. Their speed, agility, and brilliant game sense was a delight to watch. The first time I had heard about Hirving Lozano was during Mexico’s qualifying match against Germany. The star winger was one of the key players responsible for Germany’s downfall in the World Cup.
Lozano was born in Mexico City, Mexico into a family who was definitely athletically inclined. His younger brother, Bryan Mauricio Lozano also plays soccer for Club Universidad Nacional. Lozano joined the youth team of Mexican professional soccer team C.F Pachuca in 2009. He played for 5 seasons before making his senior debut. During his debut tournament, he scored a last-minute goal to secure a 3-2 victory over León on their home ground, despite conceding 2 goals earlier.
Hirving Lozano began his career for the Mexican National Team at the under-20 level. In his first game against Cuba, he scored a brace followed by 4 assists to secure a 9-1 victory putting Mexico first in their group. He went on to score 3 more goals and ended the tournament as the Golden Boot winner. Lozano was able to maintain consistency and moved up to the under-23 team in September of 2015. He was then called up to play for the senior Mexican national team in 2016, under coach Juan Carlos Osorio. He scored his first international goal just one month after his signing, in a FIFA World Cup qualifying match against Canada, where Mexico won 3-0.
Lozano is a right-footed winger. His agility and ball skills are extremely dangerous for the opposing team when he has the ball on the wing. The majority of his shots are on target and switches between taking shots from outside and cutting in from the left-hand side. The goal scored by Lozano against Germany in the group stages of the 2018 FIFA World Cup involved a brilliant run by him down the left wing. He positioned himself perfectly to receive a pass from his teammate, had a great first touch, and confidently kicked the ball into the left bottom corner of the goal.
Mexico’s games during the World Cup were delightful to watch. Regardless of the numbers on the scoreboard, they kept fighting and pushing themselves until the very last minute. Hirving Lozano was a major reason as to why I watched many of Mexico’s matches this year