|Born||1989 05 31|
|Desc||For the first time in three years, Marco Reus managed to avoid major injury and play more than 20 Bundesliga games in a season. As a result, he finished with his second-highest goalscoring return ever (only his final year at Borussia Monchengladbach where he scored 18 times in 32 games was better). With 17 goals and eight assists in 27 games, Reus was involved in the third-most goals of any player in the Bundesliga behind Robert Lewandowski and Jadon Sancho. The Dortmund captain was arguably the best player in the Bundesliga this season and his absence was strongly felt in February as they drew two of the three games he missed through injury|
|Org||German National Team|
|Club as Player||Borussia Dortmund|
- 1989 05 31
- Marco Reus, Borussia Dortmund and Germany midfielder, was born
2016 04 02 Retrieve
[Marco Reus gave his reaction to Borussia Dortmund drawing Liverpool and former coach Jurgen Klopp in the UEFA Europa League quarter-finals] We chuckled when we heard the news because it was clear the old coach will return home. But we directly said that it’s not BVB versus Klopp, but rather Dortmund versus Liverpool. We accept the draw. We’re professional and hungry for success
2016 11 26 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund’s Marco Reus speaks after his side’s 8-4 victory over Legia Warsaw, which was the highest-scoring match in UEFA Champions League history] Anyone who saw the game knows why it happened. We didn’t play so well in defence, we conceded four goals at home and I didn’t expect that, as we’re usually more solid. We have to work on that weakness and discuss it. But either way, I’m glad we pulled off this home win
2018 03 13 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has underlined his commitment to the Bundesliga giants after extending his link to Signal Iduna Park for another five years] I was born in Dortmund and grew up here, so you become automatically a black and yellow. I played here for many years in the youth ranks, but at first I did not have the chance to become a professional football player at BVB and to realize my dream. Afterwards I developed at Rot Weiss Ahlen and Borussia Mönchengladbach like I imagined and hoped for, and then there came the offer from Dortmund. It has always been a dream to play for the club because I feel very connected to the fans. It is a lot of fun to play in our stadium and in particular to celebrate victories together with the fans. A childhood dream came true for me
[Now back in form, he underlined that his new contract was signed with an eye to the future] I am now 28 years old, it is probably my last big contract. So I have considered carefully what I want in my last five or six years at the highest level.
In the end two things were important to me: to send out a signal that I feel attached to this club and that I want to achieve a lot here. And I wanted to have clarity for myself, before the crucial phase with the final game of the fight for the Champions League places begins and then in the summer, of course, the World Cup in Russia on the program.
I have little use for words like legend. Everyone does what he thinks is best and wants to get the most out of his career. It is of course sensational and also a nice sign for the fans and the club when you are at a club for as long as [Francesco] Totti was with Roma. But basically everyone has to decide for himself
[The star also revealed that is idol growing up was former Dortmund playmaker Tomas Rosicky, who illuminated BVB for six memorable seasons and lifted the 2001-2002 Bundesliga before swapping the club for Arsenal] The way he played football, the carefreeness and lightness in his actions, I loved watching him play. Unfortunately, I did not meet him personally, but I was told that Tomas was great in character too. It was always nice to see him on the field with his playful class and his scoring skills
2018 03 17 Retrieve
[Marco Reus tells of his World Cup hopes after his injury disappointment four years ago] Brazil 2014? That’s the past, I cannot change that anymore. I am also not one to look so far into the future. Things can change every day, something can happen every day. If everything goes well and I show my performance, I think I have a good chance of playing [in Russia]
2018 04 28 Retrieve
[Marco Reus talks about his 18-year-old team-mate Jadon Sancho] How he controls the ball to set up the 3-0, that shows everything. I wasn’t that far at his age. So much respect!
2018 07 28 Retrieve
[Marco Reus speaks about how he has dealt with various injuries throughout his career] I think if you’re not strong, in life or in football, not every day is going to be going up and seeing the sunshine. I was injured many times but life is like this, and I have to accept this. [When] I was injured, I was thinking, ‘OK, I’m injured, but all the people out there, they are not injured, they are sick, they have real health problems’. Of course you have bad days when you are injured, but in the end it’s just a torn ligament
2018 10 27 Retrieve
[Marco Reus was full of praise for the way his Borussia Dortmund side performed against Atletico Madrid] You couldn’t have imagined that. You have to say: a great compliment to the group because it is not commonplace that you score four goals against Atletico. We suffered a lot, especially in the second half. We hardly had any possession there and you need possession against that Atletico side. We only managed that again after minute 60 or 65, then you could see that we can also play football. It’s not only the result, but how we played was very convincing
2019 03 05 Retrieve
[In spite of that blow, Marco Reus, who missed the first leg, is optimistic that his side can turn around a 3-0 deficit against the Premier League outfit] We have played many games in this stadium where we’ve written history and we are in a position to achieve the impossible. It is important to believe in ourselves and give a great performance. We need to find the right balance between defence and attack. We need to reach our peak and score the goals in the right moment. But we believe in ourselves
2019 06 06 Retrieve
[Marco Reus urged his Borussia Dortmund team-mates to use the pain of narrowly missing out on the Bundesliga title last season to inspire them to glory next time around] It hurt, because the chance this time was just unbelievably big, there was a lot more in it for us. I believe that it will help us in the future, which may be the positive thing about it - everyone has now gained experience. Our goal must therefore be to stay at the top of the table and then get the title. My greed has been extremely pronounced since my first day at BVB, but the closer to the end of my own career I get, the more intense it is. Since coming to Dortmund, we’ve been close to it a few times, but in the next two or three years, things have to work out, and I’ll do anything for it.
[Reus knows Nico Schulz and Julian Brandt well from the Germany national side and is excited to link up with the pair at club level] I am glad that we have two top people from the national team, which is good for us. It means even more quality and depth. Especially in the second half of the season we were lacking the necessary power due to some injuries, so I think it’s good and right that the competition gets even bigger. If you have big goals - and we do - then you need a lot of top-class players. And we will certainly get them with [Schulz and Brandt]
2019 07 17 Retrieve
[Marco Reus says he does not regret his decision to stay at Borussia Dortmund as his agent revealed that some of the world’s top clubs were pushing to sign the midfielder in 2015. Despite Dortmund’s lack of trophies in recent seasons, Reus is determined to help guide the club to success] Of course, I have been thinking about the offers of these top clubs for more than a day, everything else would be a lie. But in the end, I always chose my club, and I still do not regret it to this day. Because I belong here. Because Dortmund is my club. And I really want to win the Bundesliga with this club. I want to be DFB Pokal winner again. I want to be in the Champions League final again. Knowing that you have three, four good years, every year you try to get the most out of it.
2019 07 18 Retrieve
[Mario Gotze’s decision to leave Borussia Dortmund for Bayern Munich left his team-mate Marco Reus dumbstruck] I was at home, [the doorbell] rang and Mario was at my door. He told me personally that he will leave the club and take a different path. At that moment, I did not know what to think or say. I had come to Dortmund fresh and felt that we could be a good duo. Therefore, his decision was difficult for me to understand at the moment. We had a good team for the years to come. And I actually had the feeling that it fits in between us and that we can play together even better. Was I angry? I do not want to say that, but of course you always want to play with the best. When one of the best goes, that’s difficult to understand. In the end, everyone must make his own decisions. You only have one career. And if that was the right decision for him then everybody must accept that
[And, despite his own disappointment, Reus revealed that he felt sorry for his vilified team-mate] I picked up Mario before the Champions League match against Real Madrid. He was sitting in the back of the car, the fans were waiting for him. That was not an easy situation. I know how he experienced and felt that then and did not want to be in his skin. The pressure on his shoulders. Outsiders and me as a footballer cannot understand that. Mario handled the situation really well, did a great job and assisted the first goal. That’s why he deserves huge respect. We don’t need to talk about the timing and how the message got out to the public. When a top player leaves the club, you are disappointed as a fan. You always want the best players to stay in the club. But you also must understand the player and accept that he has chosen this path for the one career he has
2019 07 18b Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has revealed his admiration for ‘animal’ Jurgen Klopp] Oh my god, Jurgen was such an animal! You only knew somebody like him from TV. If Jurgen sits in front of you with his aura, with his aggressiveness, which he radiates even when speaking, with his size, then that is quite impressive. Even the way he talks to you - this is rarely the case in professional business. He pulls you under his spell and will not let you go. I left the conversation with a fluttering heart. He was definitely one of the reasons why I signed for Dortmund.
Before a season you can plan a lot. But so many unforeseen things can happen, such as a system change or injuries, so things can happen completely different. When a club wants to sign a player, it’s important that the coach teaches the player the philosophy and what he’s up to. That was not different with me. Shinji Kagawa signed for Manchester United that year, I was the substitute. We talked about what position he sees me in and in which areas I can improve myself. Jurgen can develop players and make them better. That is a very important factor. He has a special way, in training and personal interaction
[The first defeat came with Dortmund against Bundesliga rivals Bayern in a game Reus believes could have gone their way if they had managed to break the deadlock during an early period of dominance] We were really strong in the first half. Of course, you can always speculate if it would have been different if we had taken the lead 1-0 at this stage of the game. So, you have to say that we came up short in the end. Since the Bavarians were experienced. They had the right solution at the right time. It was over with Arjen Robben’s goal
2019 07 20 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus believes his side passed their Liverpool test after beating the Reds 3-2 on Friday evening] That was a test today because of the time difference, the flights we had. That is a character thing, because it takes willpower to do so, but we have passed the task with flying colours
[the 30-year-old feels the games were made harder by constant press attention] It’s difficult, for the coaching team and for the players. You need the time to regenerate, which you have not had due to the many press appointments
[He recently told of how his ‘animal’ former boss Klopp convinced him to join Dortmund] If Jurgen sits in front of you with his aura, with his aggressiveness, which he radiates even when speaking, with his size, then that is quite impressive. Even the way he talks to you - this is rarely the case in professional business. He pulls you under his spell and will not let you go. I left the conversation with a fluttering heart. He was definitely one of the reasons why I signed for Dortmund.
2019 07 28 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has been named Footballer of the Year in Germany for the second time in his career] It’s nicer than it was then, a different feeling to seven years ago. If you’re a player with only three or four years left, you celebrate success a little more emotionally than before and enjoy the whole thing more. It is difficult to come back after an injury as serious as my cruciate ligament rupture in 2017 and become Footballer of the Year, which makes me proud and shows that I have taken a good path after my injury
2019 07 28b Retrieve
[Marco Reus says Mats Hummels will help to remedy a lack of quality that hampered Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga last season] He [Hummels] brings quality. That’s most important. We were missing that last year. Of course, we had positive developments last season. Nobody expected that. But if we want to win the Bundesliga and advance further in Europe, we need good players. We found that in Mats and the other players we got
[With Julian Nagelsmann taking over as head coach of RB Leipzig and Bayern splashing out €115m on Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard following the departures of Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, Reus is bracing himself for stiff competition] What happens with Bayern is nothing I can control. I think even if they didn’t buy new players they would have a strong team. They won the Bundesliga seven times in a row - that says everything. True, they lost some very good players who ended their careers, but we will see how the season goes. I hope it will be an exciting season and we cannot forget the other teams. Leipzig, with a new coach and new players, were very strong in the second part of the season. So, this could be between two, three, maybe even four teams until the end
2019 08 04 Retrieve
[Dortmund looked the brighter and more imaginative in their DFL-Supercup win over Bayern Munich] If things continue like that until the end of the season, I’ll take it. It was a good start today. It goes without saying that the match is not a real benchmark for the season. But it was still a spectacular game, we were more effective today and deserved to get the victory too
2019 08 30 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund are relishing taking on Barcelona in this season’s Champions League group stage following Thursday’s draw, with Marco Reus claiming Barcelona are exactly who the Bundesliga side wanted to face] A few of us from the team were stood together at breakfast this morning and we all agreed that we’d love to draw Barcelona. Buzzing that it’s actually happened! Obviously the group is extremely difficult; we’re coming up against teams who we’ve not tested ourselves against in recent years. The games against Barcelona will have a party atmosphere for us and our fans! We believe in our quality and our aim is to go through
2019 09 01 Retrieve
[Union Berlin (3) vs (1) Borussia Dortmund. Furious Marco Reus bemoans ‘completely stupid’ Dortmund performance in shock defeat to Union Berlin] We just played a completely stupid game. We had some good moments at times but were too sloppy in the final third. Sometimes we think we can win these games easily with our quality. That has to stop. We have to show the virtues that made us strong last season. That means desire and passion, and then you can have fun. Each one of us has to do a lot more
2019 09 04 Retrieve
[Marco Reus vows to ‘try everything’ to get Kai Havertz to sign for Dortmund] I will try everything to guide him to Dortmund. I don’t know how much further the transfer fees will increase and if they do it might be too much for Dortmund. But I will try my best just as I did it with Julian Brandt. And now with Julian, I have an ally who knows him very well. So let’s see what happens
The boy has enormous potential. You can see that easily. He must stay grounded, but the way I know him, he will do that. It will be interesting to see how he copes with a phase where things do not go so well for him and how he deals with that. If he stays balanced and has people around him that keep him stable, nothing speaks against him becoming one of the greatest soon. But of course, as with every other player, there are things he can still learn. Experience is a factor, too. He is a sensational player, who you want to have in your team, of course
2019 09 16 Retrieve
[Speaking after the group stage draw] A few of us from the team were stood together at breakfast this morning and we all agreed that we’d love to draw Barcelona. Buzzing that it’s actually happened!
2019 09 16b Retrieve
[Marco Reus hopes Lionel Messi is fit to play in Barcelona’s squad for clash with Borussia Dortmund on Tuesday] We want Messi to play, but we cannot influence what tomorrow will look like. We do not want to talk that much about the opponent. Everyone knows that he is the best, but we play at home and want to win. A difficult game awaits us. We have to be careful and will we have to suffer a lot in the game. We have to be brave and play our game, put ourselves forward and then hope to score goals
[Paco Alcacer spent two seasons at Camp Nou, struggling to secure a regular spot following a move from fellow La Liga club Valencia] I’ve talked to Paco Alcacer a few times. He is calm. Of course, he is looking forward to it because he has spent nice years there, even if he had not too much game time. I hope he can help us in the game. He is an important player. He plays smart on the pitch, he knows where the next man is. He is an ice-cold top scorer who does not need many chances, his statistics are outstanding. But even for him there is room for improvement, as with any player
2019 09 18 Retrieve
[Dortmund captain Reus acknowledged his frustration at missing such a golden opportunity to defeat Barcelona] Marc is a world-class keeper. My penalty was not really well-taken. Back to the training ground for that. Of course it does not feel good. I failed to convert a penalty and we had several other chances. One goal probably would have been enough for a win. We hardly allowed Barcelona space and showed a strong performance
2019 09 23 Retrieve
[Marco Reus has dismissed suggestions Borussia Dortmund are suffering from a mentality problem after they drew 2-2 with Eintracht Frankfurt] It’s getting on my nerves. The own goal was a mentality problem? We defended stupidly in that situation, of course, but don’t come around with your mentality st now. Every week the same st. This is about good defending and knowing that Frankfurt always can come back even if we are 2-1 up. We just have to stand against it better in the last five minutes. I don’t know how the equaliser came about. I think by a throw-in, where we put ourselves in danger. That just can’t happen. But do not come with mentality stuff, please!
2019 09 27 Retrieve
[Dortmund hit back at criticisms of skipper] It’s getting on my nerves. The own goal was a mentality problem? We defended stupidly in that situation, of course, but don’t come around with your mentality s**t now
2019 10 04 Retrieve
[Dortmund captain Marco Reus was quick to hail Hakimi’s versatility after deployed higher up on the wing] He’s incredibly fast. He played sensationally, that first goal was really outstanding. From that point of view, he’s always a weapon. The coach surprised us today but we know that Achraf is very, very important for us and that he can play in several different positions.
2019 11 23 Retrieve
[Marco Reus said he was ‘ashamed’ of Borussia Dortmund’s performance in a 3-3 Bundesliga draw at home to Paderborn despite his late equaliser salvaging a point] We can never play like that again. We don’t know what happened there. We are ashamed, we must never perform like that again. That was all absolute sh*t.
The coach puts us in a great position every time. We’re responsible for putting our performance on the pitch, and we do not have to talk about the coach, but about us. If 80,000 people come here on a Friday night, we cannot offer that
2019 12 14 Retrieve
[Reus hits out at referee for ‘circus’ handball decision in Dortmund win] That’s a penalty. He [the referee] said to me that it had been checked. He said: ‘It was handball but I won’t give it’. I really wondered about that. If it’s handball then it’s handball. I don’t know what this circus is about
2020 01 10 Retrieve
[Marco Reus says Dortmund haven’t had a player like Haaland since Lewandowski] He’s very open-minded and it’s important to get to know everyone first - a training camp like this is ideal. Now it’s about getting really fit, arriving properly. It will take time, we’ll give it to him. He just gives us another input, another way we can play. I don’t think we have had this type of player since Lewy [Lewandowski]. He gives us the opportunity to be more flexible and able to react to different scores
It makes us feel good. Now he has to get well and get to know everyone properly - we have to, too. We have to go with him and his strengths, but that will all happen over time. Paco [Alcacer] really boomed at the beginning, then he was injured longer. Then the coach decided differently. As I said, Haaland gives us many opportunities to play football, but ultimately the coach has to decide who will be used. For me and other players, we have new options with Haaland, sometimes long balls. In football it’s important to be flexible and we have achieved that. We have now got a very good striker and with it new options, so we’re well positioned
[A common criticism of Dortmund in recent years has been the perceived lack of bite in the team] No, I don’t think so. We had the discussion last year, too. The squad is put together in the way that the responsible persons had imagined it, how the coach imagined it. We have enough quality in the squad. We don’t need someone who’s an absolute b*****d. We’ll solve it our way, even if it’s not always right. So, we don’t have to worry about it. We’ll have to improve our games, we know that, but we don’t necessarily need a ‘dirtbag’ for that
2020 01 14 Retrieve
[how Marco Reus describes Erling Braut Haaland after he trained with Borussia Dortmund for the first time] I don’t think we’ve had that kind of striker since Robert Lewandowski. He gives us the option to be more flexible and to play in different systems and styles. He’s a very open guy. First of all, it’s important to get to know him. He gives us another way of playing and we have to be able to work with him, too, and bring out all his strengths. But that will all come about in time
If you look at our squad, what more could you ask for in terms of quality? We have to show it on the pitch, then our squad can take us anywhere. We’ve got a very good striker and new options, therefore, we’re in a good place. [Winning the title] is as realistic as it was at the start of the season. I wouldn’t say it’s in our own hands, but we’re definitely in the right place to fight back. Don’t forget about Dortmund now
2020 01 18 Retrieve
[Reus hoping Haaland can replicate Aubameyang after Dortmund debut hat-trick] He is very calm, but very ambitious. Erling trains incredibly hard. I think the last guy to make his debut in Augsburg was Aubameyang, and he scored three goals too. If it becomes the same kind of success story, I’d be all for that. Erling is making a good impression and he got off to a superb start today
2020 01 24 Retrieve
[Marco Reus is full of praise for the January recruit Erling Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg] That’s what we signed him for [scoring a lot of goal]. It’s wonderful for him, of course. There are worse ways to start at a club. He is very calm, stays relaxed and works very hard
2020 02 05 Retrieve
[Marco Reus to miss Champions League games with PSG after Borussia Dortmund captain ruled out for four weeks] BVB captain Marco Reus suffered a muscle injury in the DFB Cup. According to the current status, he will return to training in about four weeks. Get well soon Marco!
2020 03 20 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus has given an update on his recovery from the muscle injury that has kept him out since the beginning of February] I’m slowly feeling much, much better. I hope that I can increase my workload in the coming days and weeks, so I can help the team again soon
2020 04 08 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has urged Jadon Sancho to snub interest from the Premier League] He should stay one more, maybe two years at Dortmund. In my view, there is currently nothing better for him. [Then he can] take the really big step. As an even more complete player who can continue to develop with us as a regular in the team
[Reus himself has managed to resist the lure of bigger teams in recent years] 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 would only change to Dortmund, otherwise I will go abroad
I think it is also important for the fans that there are guys like Thomas and me. They notice that we identify with their club as much as they do it themselves. It has always been my dream to play for BVB. Here I have everything to be happy: my home, my family, my club. And this feeling has always prevailed - even if another country with a different culture might have been attractive
2020 04 09 Retrieve
[Marco Reus turned down a move to play for Bayern Munich] The request came [from Bayern], 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 would only change to Dortmund, otherwise I will go abroad.
He should stay one more, maybe two years at Dortmund. In my view, there is currently nothing better for him. [Then he can] take the really big step. As an even more complete player who can continue to develop with us as a regular in the team
2020 05 16 Retrieve
[Borussia Dortmund captain Marco Reus: Bundesliga players are not lab rats] Players are no lab rats that are tested. It was the only possibility. There’s no reason to complain. But we need the Yellow Wall very much. Anyone who has been to the Westfalenstadion knows what powers our fans can unleash with us. The virus has turned out lives upside down. The whole world has been and will continue to be challenged. We must not become careless now. We have to listen to the instructions of the politicians and the virologists responsibly
We’re four points behind them and still have to play against them. I want to win the league this year and the chance is still there, despite all the problems
2020 05 28 Retrieve
[Marco Reus, Hakimi’s captain, and himself easily capable of beating his man with pure acceleration, earlier this season described the wing-back as one of the key cogs in Favre’s attacking machine] Achraf is a real weapon for us. His speed is incredible