Marco Reus, the man who bleeds Yellow & Black
Marco Reus celebrated his 100th Borussia Dortmund goal in the Bundesliga earlier this season. This weekend he celebrates 150 goal for BVB in all competitions. He achieved the impressive feat in his teams comprehensive 3-0 away win against Union Berlin. The win puts Dortmund 6 points off Bayern Munich at the top of the Bundesliga with the teams set to go head-to-head on the 23rd April 2022.
Reus signed for BVB at the age of 7 and stayed in their academy system until he was 17. He then joined Rot Weiss Ahlen U19’s where he predominantly played his football with the occasional promotion to the second team (Rot Weiss Ahlen II). In the 07/08 season he broke into the first team where he helped them win the Regionalliga Nord division title. He then played for them during the 08/09 season where he helped them finish 10th in the second division. He contributed 4 goals and 3 assists predominantly from the Left wing.
His performances at the young age of 20 impressed Bundesliga outfit Borussia Mönchengladbach who snapped him up in the summer of 2009 for a fee believed to be in the region of €900,000. Mönchengladbach predominantly utilised Reus as a Right Winger but he also did see spells as a shadow/second striker. During his 3 year spell he had racked up 69 goal contributions in 109 games in all competitions. In the 2011/12 season he helped ‘the Foals’ secure their highest league finish since the 1995/96 season. It was his very impressive 35 goal contributions in 37 games during the 2011/12 season that recaptured the attention of BVB and then manager Jürgen Klopp. So much so they offered in exese of £15m for the German playmaker. This made him the second most expensive signing in the clubs history, only behind Márcio Amoroso who signed for £23m in the 01/02 season.
Reus had obviously attracted the attention of many European giants, including Bundesliga heavy weights, Bayern Munich. After his transfer to BVB he was quoted saying:
The request came, as it did from other clubs. I have the greatest respect for Bayern Munich and what the club has been doing for decades, but I always wanted to play for BVB. It was always the club my heart drew me to. When I played in Gladbach at the time, it was clear to me: within the Bundesliga, I only change to Dortmund, otherwise I go abroad.Marco Reus regarding his transfer to BVB instead of Bayern Munich
Reus started his career in the best way possible with a goal on his debut in a 2-1 win over Werder Bremen. He went on to score an impressive 19 goals and assist 16 in his first season. His personal success helped Dortmund to their first UEFA Champions League final since the 1996/97 season, but unfortunately they couldn’t replicate the same result as they narrowly lost 2-1 to fellow German team Bayern Munich. They also finished second in the Bundesliga behind, you guessed it, Bayern Munich.
During his time playing in front of the yellow wall he has been utilised across the attacking line. He has played 129 games at Left Wing, 131 games at Attacking Mid, 40 games at Right Wing and 46 games at striker – according to TransferMarkt. His versatility has meant that he has almost always kept his place in the squad, and while his team mates have left for other adventures in Europe he has stayed loyal. In 2018 he was awarded with the captaincy as he leads the line in search of their first Bundesliga title since the 2011/12 season.
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