"Fortune on detours" is how the career of Marco Reus can be best described. His biography tells the story of a young player who had to leave his home club, Dortmund, before they signed him again several years later for an $18 million fee. He established himself on the German national team and is well on his way to become one of the best attacking midfielders in the world.
Marco Reus was born on May 31st, 1989. He is the son of Manuela and Thomas Reus. He has two older sisters.
His parents recognized early that Marco loved to kick things. For this reason, they sent him to play soccer for PSV Dortmund when he was four years old. Two years later the Bundesliga giant, Borussia Dortmund, contacted his parents.
He started playing for Dortmund and continued until he was 16. At this time he was told to leave the club as he could not keep up with the standard of play for the team.
Reus then moved to Rot-Weiss Ahlen. In the 2008/09 season, he played his first year as a professional player in the third highest German league and found success. Borussia Mönchengladbach saw his potential and gave him a four-year contract.
Gladbach paid about $1 million for Reus. He scored his first goal in the Bundesliga on August 28, 2009, having to make a 50 meter run to score!
After several good years, however, Gladbach started struggling again in the 2010/11 season. Nevertheless he scored a goal toward the end of the season that kept Gladbach in the Bundesliga.
The next season would be completely different, not only for Gladbach but also for Reus himself. Reus scored 18 goals in the 2011/12 season and was a key factor for Gladbach placing 4th in the Bundesliga!
In his contract extension in 2010, Reus has had a release clause for $18 million. This clause enabled Borussia Dortmund to sign their former youth player in the summer of 2012.
Reus had offers from several big European teams including German record champion, Bayern Munich, but he decided to go "home".
Dortmund is the club he loves and he never wanted to leave. Reus signed a five-year contract. His start was amazing. He scored twice in Dortmund's first round match in the German cup against Oberneuland. He also scored one goal in his first Bundesliga game for Dortmund when they beat Werder Bremen 2:1.