German international Marco Reus has become one of the best players in Europe in his time with Borussia Dortmund. His swift ball handling & goal scoring abilities, especially off of free kicks, rank nicely with other wing players in the world. Borussia Dortmund may be struggling in the Bundesliga this season, only placed 10th in the table, but Reus has helped Borussia Dortmund to a 5-2-0 record in their past seven games.
Recent news has Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger looking for an attacking midfielder to replace Theo Walcott & is eager to add the newly signed Reus. Walcott is looking for north of 100,000 pounds per week, a fee that Arsenal is not willing to pay, & the North London team is looking to add the German winger.
Here’s what you need to know:
1. He Has Played for Borussia Dortmund since 2012
Marco Reus was born in Dortmund & began his youth career in training with Borussia Dortmund, but opened his playing career with Rot Weiss Ahlen II in 2006-2007. Leading into the 2009-2010, Reus inked a transfer to Borussia Mönchengladbach & the move from Bundesliga 2 to Bundesliga 1 was one that made Reus a starlet. After a paltry 2009-2010 season, where he had eight goals & four assists, Reus exploded in 2010-2011 & was one of the best players in the Bundesliga in 2011-2012. Over his last two seasons with Borussia Mönchengladbach, Reus tallied 33 goals & 24 assists in all competitions.
On January 4th, 2012, Reus agreed to a 17.5 million Euro transfer to his birthplace Dortmund & youth club Borussia Dortmund. Borussia Mönchengladbach offered Reus a contract extension to 2016, but Reus opted for a five year deal with Borussia Dortmund with a 25 million Euro release clause for the summer of 2015. Once Reus landed a transfer with Borussia Dortmund in 2012, his ex-girlriend Carolin Bohs moved in with the German international.
Reus has led Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League in each of the past two seasons, taking them to the Championship game of the 2012-2013 Champions League, where they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich. Borussia Dortmund was eliminated from the 2014-2015 Champions League in the Round of 16 by Juventus.
2. He Makes $4.36 Million Per Year
Reus recently signed a contract extension keeping him in Dortmund until 2019 without a release clause.
Reus’ release clause in his initial Borussia Dortmund contract was set to be enacted in June & teams like Real Madrid, Chelsea, & Barcelona were considering a transfer in excess of 60 million Euro for the wing. He is rated as the 17th most valuable player in the world by Transfermarkt & is only one of 11 players in the top 25 of value that is 25 or younger. He is also one of four players on the list that are from the Bundesliga, as the other three players are from Bayern Munich- Thomas Müller, Mario Götze, Robert Lewandowski.
A focal point for Borussia Dortmund was signing Reus so that he would not go to rival Bayern Munich. Over the past two seasons, Bayern Munich had signed Mario Götze, in July 2013, & Robert Lewandowski, in July 2014. Götze had come up through the Borussia Dortmund youth system & had 31 goals & 45 assists with the senior club by 21. Lewandowski scored 103 goals in his four seasons with Borussia Dortmund before going to the German capital for the 2014-2015 season. Borussia Dortmund did not want to see Reus go the way of these two superstars & was aggressive to sign him before the summer transfer period.
The newfound information on Arsenal’s interest would be a huge blow for Borussia Dortmund. Theo Walcott’s expiring contract, & his hesitation to sign for less than 100,000 pounds per week, has renewed Arsenal’s interest in Reus. They are looking for a wing with speed that rivals Walcott’s & Reus’ skill set is very similar to Walcott’s.
3. He is Very Active on Social Media
Marco Reus with current Borussia Dortmund & former Rot Weiss Ahlen teammate Kevin Großkreutz after a game
Marco Reus is such a popular player because he is so engaging on social media. He is followed by more than two million people on Twitter & has a very active Tumblr page. His Twitter handle is @woodyinho, which is a nod to his nickname Woody. He earned that nickname after the cartoon character Woody Woodpacker, as his teammates think that when Reus runs, his head bobs like Woody Woodpecker’s does.
Reus may not tweet a lot, as he only has 55 tweets since joining Twitter in August 2011, but his tweets include him re-signing with Borussia Dortmund:
Also hanging out with German teammates & friends André Schürrle & Mario Gotze:
4. His Best Friend & German Teammate Mario Gotze Honored Him at The 2014 World Cup
Mario Gotze & Marco Reus only played together for one season with Borussia Dortmund, 2012-2013, but they created a deep bond through their time together in Dortmund & with the German national team. They came up through the Borussia Dortmund youth system together &, as a Bundesliga article stated, found that they had similiar interests in music & truly bonded off of the field. When Reus broke up with his girlfriend Carolin Bohs in 2013, Gotze was there to help his friend as well. Carolin Bohs had known Marco Reus since they were teenagers and started dating the German winger in 2009.
Reus and Gotze have played on the National Team together since August 2011, but their bond was never closer than in the 2014 World Cup.
Reus injured his ankle in the final game before the World Cup, a 6-1 German win over Armenia, & missed the 2014 World Cup. Mario Gotze made sure that his best friend was a part of the team though:
Showing that his friendship is more important than games, even though Gotze plays for Borussia Dortmund rival Bayern Munich, Gotze went on social media to express best wishes for his friend on the mend from an injury again:
They even share a sports agency together, as each are represented by SportsTotal.
5. He Has Scored 124 Goals in His Career
Although he is only 25 years old, he has scored 10 or more goals in a domestic league season six times. He has scored three goals for Rot Weiss II, 22 goals for Rot Weiss Ahlen U19, five goals for Rot Weiss Ahlen, 41 goals for Borussia Mönchengladbach, and 53 goals for Borussia Dortmund. Last year was his crowning season as he had 23 goals and 23 assists in 44 games across all competitions. He finished fourth in the Bundesliga in goals scored with 16, four behind Borussia Dortmund teammate Robert Lewandowski, and first in assists with 14 assists. Along with Roberto Firmino of 1899 Hoffenheim and Lewandowski, Reus was one of three players that scored 15 or more goals and had 10 or more assists in the Bundesliga last season.
Although Marco Reus has made an impact in the Bundesliga thus far, he has yet to make that impact for the German national team. He has scored eight times in 24 matches with Germany, with his only goal in tournament play as the goal that opened the scoring in the 2012 European Championships for Germany against Greece, a 4-2 win for the Germans.
Although Reus has not made a huge impact yet, there is promise, as he had five goals and four assists in 2014 World Cup Qualification.