Anthony Lozano

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Anthony Lozano
Anthony Lozano ARG x HON Rio2016.jpg
Personal information
Full name Anthony Rubén Lozano Colón
Date of birth (1993-04-25) 25 April 1993 (age 25)
Place of birth Yoro, Honduras
Height 1.85 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Forward
Club information
Current team
Girona
Number 19
Youth career
Platense
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2011 Olimpia 18 (5)
2011–2013 Valencia B 31 (1)
2011–2012Alcoyano (loan) 23 (2)
2013–2017 Olimpia 79 (42)
2015–2017Tenerife (loan) 67 (20)
2017–2018 Barcelona B 20 (4)
2018– Girona 14 (1)
National team
2009 Honduras U17 8 (11)
2011 Honduras U20 8 (3)
2012–2016 Honduras U23 5 (4)
2016– Honduras 27 (7)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 26 May 2018
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 15 November 2017

Anthony Rubén Lozano Colón (born 25 April 1993), also known as Choco Lozano, is a Honduran professional footballer who plays for Spanish club Girona FC as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Yoro, Lozano made his debut in the Honduran top division at the age of only 15,[1] appearing for Club Deportivo Olimpia against Club Deportivo y Social Vida on 11 January 2009.[2] On 21 February 2010 he scored his first goals, netting a hat-trick in the Clausura tournament 6–0 win over C.D. Victoria.

In August 2010, Lozano spent time training with Tottenham Hotspur's reserve team, impressing manager Harry Redknapp.[3][4] He was expected to stay with the North London side, but the deal never went through because he was underage and, therefore, could not sign a contract with a professional club.

On 11 August 2011, Lozano moved to Spain and signed with Valencia CF on a one-year loan,[5] but was immediately loaned to neighbouring side CD Alcoyano, in Segunda División.[6] He made his official debut against UD Las Palmas on 3 September, as a second-half substitute (0–1 away loss).[7]

Lozano spent the 2012–13 season with Valencia's B-team, in Segunda División B.[8] After being released, he returned to his first club Olimpia.

Lozano was Olimpia's topscorer in the 2014–15 campaign, contributing with 26 goals in 38 matches. On 6 August 2015, he returned to Spain and its second level after agreeing to a one-year loan deal with CD Tenerife,[9] which was extended on 9 July of the following year.[10]

On 7 July 2017, an agreement between FC Barcelona and Olimpia for Lozano was confirmed by the latter club's vice president, Osman Madrid.[11] He was assigned to their reserves in division two and, in the first game of the season, he scored once and provided an assist against Real Valladolid (2–1, away).[12]

On 30 January 2018, Lozano joined La Liga side Girona FC for an undisclosed fee.[13] He made his debut in the competition 12 days later, featuring 21 minutes in the 0–1 away loss to Sevilla FC,[14] and scored his first goal on 3 March – also from the bench – to help the visitors defeat Villarreal CF 2–0.[15]

International career[edit]

Lozano scored 11 goals for the Honduras under-17s, including four in the 2009 CONCACAF Championship which qualified the national team to that year's FIFA U-17 World Cup, where he netted in the 1–3 loss against Germany.[16] He made his senior debut in August 2011, coming on as a substitute for Carlo Costly (who scored both goals in the 2–0 win) in a friendly win over Venezuela.

Lozano also represented the country at the 2012 and 2016 Summer Olympics. He scored twice in the latter tournament, helping the nation to the semi-finals in Brazil.[17][18]

International goals[edit]

As of 28 March 2017 (Honduras score listed first, score column indicates score after each Lozano goal)
# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 13 September 2014 Memorial Coliseum, Los Angeles, United States  Nicaragua
1–0
1–0
2014 Copa Centroamericana
2. 4 February 2015 Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Venezuela
1–3
2–3
Friendly
3. 11 February 2015 Agustín Tovar, Barinas, Venezuela
1–0
1–2
4. 29 March 2015 Olímpico Metropolitano, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  French Guiana
3–0
3–0
2015 Gold Cup qualification
5. 31 May 2015 Robert F. Kennedy Memorial, Washington, United States  El Salvador 2–0 2–0 Friendly
6. 25 March 2016 Cuscatlán, San Salvador, El Salvador 2–1 2–2 2018 World Cup qualification
7. 28 March 2017 Francisco Morazán, San Pedro Sula, Honduras  Costa Rica 1–0 1–1 2018 World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Lozano's older brother, Luis Ramos, is also a footballer. A midfielder, he played several years in Slovakia and Hungary. His style was compared to fellow countryman Carlo Costly.[19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Experiencia más juventud (Experience plus youth); El Heraldo, 9 January 2009 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Vida terminó con su maldición ante Olimpia (Vida ended curse against Olimpia) Archived 19 April 2013 at Archive.is; Diez, 12 January 2009 (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Spurs take Central American starlet on trial; Give Me Football, 13 August 2010
  4. ^ Anthony Lozano thrilled with Tottenham deal; Tribal Football, 13 August 2010
  5. ^ Valencia sign Anthony ‘Choco’ Lozano Archived 25 August 2011 at the Wayback Machine.; VCF Central, 11 August 2011
  6. ^ Lozano cedido al Alcoyano por el Valencia (Lozano loaned to Alcoyano by Valencia); Diez, 11 August 2011 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Meritorio triunfo de Las Palmas que se quedó con diez muy pronto (Deserved win for Las Palmas who was reduced to ten early on); Marca, 3 September 2011 (in Spanish)
  8. ^ Anthony Lozano anota golazo en triunfo del Valencia (Anthony Lozano scores wondergoal in Valencia win); Diez, 21 March 2013 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ Anthony Lozano, tercer refuerzo del CD Tenerife (Anthony Lozano, third signing of CD Tenerife)[permanent dead link]; CD Tenerife, 6 August 2015 (in Spanish)
  10. ^ Antony Lozano jugará de nuevo en el CD Tenerife (Antony Lozano will play again at CD Tenerife); CD Tenerife, 9 July 2016 (in Spanish)
  11. ^ Olimpia confirma acuerdo con el Barcelona por "Choco" Lozano (Olimpia confirm agreement with Barcelona for "Choco" Lozano); La Prensa, 7 July 2017 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Lozano lidera el brillante estreno del Barça 'B' en Pucela (1–2) (Lozano leads Barça 'B' brilliant debut in Pucela (1–2)); Sport, 19 August 2017 (in Spanish)
  13. ^ Agreement with Girona FC for transfer of Choco Lozano; FC Barcelona, 30 January 2018
  14. ^ 1–0. Sergio Rico le da la victoria al Sevilla (1–0. Sergio Rico gives win to Sevilla); EFE, 11 February 2018 (in Spanish)
  15. ^ El Girona sorprende al Villarreal y se acerca a Europa (Girona upset Villarreal and near Europe); RTVE, 3 March 2018 (in Spanish)
  16. ^ Anthony Lozano espera una oportunidad en el Olimpia (Anthony Lozano awaits chance at Olimpia) Archived 14 September 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Diez, 3 January 2010 (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Honduras edges Algeria 3–2 in the opening match of Group D; NBC, 4 August 2016
  18. ^ Argentina pay penalty as Honduras progress; FIFA, 10 August 2016
  19. ^ Me comparan con Costly: Choco Lozano (I am compared to Costly: Choco Lozano) Archived 21 August 2014 at the Wayback Machine.; Diez, 3 January 2009 (in Spanish)

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