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Marco Reus (German pronunciation: [ˈmaɐ̯koː ˈʁɔʏ̯s]; born 31 May 1989) is a German footballer who plays as a striker or winger for German Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund and the German national team. Reus is known for his versatility, speed and technique.
Reus spent his youth career at Borussia Dortmund, prior to leaving for Rot Weiss Ahlen. He has played for three clubs in his senior career, most notably, and with most influence, in Borussia Mönchengladbach of the German Bundesliga. Reus's primary position is right winger; however, he is capable of playing on both flanks and through the middle, due to his ability to control the ball with both feet and brilliant close control . 2012 was his most successful season when, scoring 18 and assisting 8, he helped Borussia Mönchengladbach secure a place in the following season's UEFA Champions League. Reus agreed a move to his home club Borussia Dortmund at the end of that season. Reus wears number 11, previously worn by Mario Götze. Franz Beckenbauer spoke about Reus, along with Mario Götze, saying, "...as a classic duo there is nobody better than the prolific Reus and Götze." Reus was born in Dortmund, North Rhine-Westphalia. He began to play football for his hometown club Post SV Dortmund in 1994 and joined the youth ranks of Borussia Dortmund in 1996. He played for Borussia Dortmund until he left for the U-19 of Rot Weiss Ahlen in the summer of 2006. During his first year there the attacking midfielder was featured in five games for the club's second team which played in the Westphalia league at the time. He scored a goal in each of his first two games. The following year he was able to break into Ahlen's first team which played in the German third division at the time. He started twice and was featured in 14 matches, scoring two times. One of his goals came on the last day of the season and helped his team being promoted to the 2. Bundesliga.
Reus playing for Mönchengladbach in 2009.
In 2008–09, the then 19 year old had his definitive breakthrough as a professional football player. He played in 27 games and scored four times. On 25 May 2009, he signed a four-year contract with Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach.
On 28 August 2009 Reus scored his first Bundesliga goal in a game against FSV Mainz after a 50m solo run, and since then became a prolific goalscorer for his club under Lucien Favre.
At the start of the 2011–12 season, Reus began the season in fine form scoring seven goals in twelve matches. Reus' contract with Gladbach was set to expire in 2015 and reportedly had a buy-out clause of 18 million euro.
On 4 January 2012, Reus signed with his former club Borussia Dortmund, for a transfer fee of 17.1 million euro, on a five-year deal that will keep him at Borussia Dortmund until July 2017. Reus spoke about his transfer saying, "I´ve made the decision to take the next step forward in the coming season. I´d like to play for a club who can challenge for the league title and guarantee me Champions League football. I see this chance in Dortmund." Reus rejoined Dortmund on 1 July 2012.
In August 2012, Reus scored a goal in a 2–1 win for Borussia Dortmund against Werder Bremen.
In September 2012, Reus scored two goals for Borussia Dortmund in a 5-0 win against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
On 3 October 2012, Reus scored a goal against 2011-2012 English Premier League Champions Manchester City in the 1-1 draw in the Champions League group stage, at the Etihad Stadium.
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