Loved football at the age of 4
Born in Dortmund on May 31, 1989, Reus’ first team was Post SV Dortmund. When Reus was four years old, his coach recalled his former student’s potential: “He always loved playing football everywhere. Reus is good with the ball and above all keeps his place in the team.”
Rejected by Dortmund
Reus applied to join Dortmund’s youth academy in 1996, but in the end was considered difficult to pursue a professional career because he was too small. Reus came to Rot-Weiß Ahlen with the ambition of playing regularly.
The Savior M’Gladbach
Signed for M’Gladbach in the summer of 2009 and he scored the decisive goal to help the home team stay relegation in the 2010/11 season. By the 2011/12 season, Reus scored 18 goals to help M’Gladbach qualify for the Champions League.
Big tournament pain
Reus attended the first major international tournament, EURO 2012. By the 2013/14 season, he still played well at Dortmund but unfortunately, Reus injured his ankle so he could not attend the 2014 World Cup and EURO 2016. At the 2018 World Cup, Reus played well, but Germany was soon eliminated from the group stage. In the 2022 World Cup, Reus was also unable to travel to Qatar due to injury.
Gotze’s best friend
Reus could not attend the 2014 World Cup, and Mario Gotze was the hero of Germany when he scored the goal to help the home team beat Argentina 1-0 in the final. Gotze claimed this victory for his close friend Reus by wearing a shirt with Reus’ name printed on the back.
Captain, idol of the youth of BVB
Reus was handed the Dortmund captaincy by coach Lucien Favre before the 2018/19 season. He became the new standard, the new idol, the new role model in Dortmund’s rising youth team, especially his former teammate Jadon Sancho.
Love to do charity
Over the years, Reus regularly visits children at hospitals with leukemia and tumors. In March 2020, he and his wife donated 500,000 euros to help Dortmund-based small businesses affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Join “Club 150”
Round 25 Bundesliga 2022/23, Reus scored twice against Cologne. Thanks to that, he became the second-highest scorer in Dortmund history with 161 goals in all competitions (150 goals in the Bundesliga), surpassing Michael Zorc – the team’s current sporting director.
The star of the FIFA cover
Reus has won the highest number of votes in the race with 3 other heavyweights, Eden Hazard (Chelsea), Anthony Martial (MU) and James Rodriguez (Real) to become the face of the 17-year FIFA cover. 2016.
If not a footballer, Reus would love to be a pilot because he thinks it’s a great job: “I’ve been fascinated by flying since I was a kid. I always wanted to be a pilot back then. I still love to fly to this day.”