- Dec 31, 2008
Full name : Marco Reus
Date of birth : 31 May 1989 (age 22)
Place of birth : Dortmund, Germany
Playing position : Midfielder/Forward
Height : 1.80m
Weight : 70 kg
Number : 11
Marco Reus (born 31 May 1989 in Dortmund) is a German footballer who currently plays for German Bundesliga club Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Reus started to play football for his hometown club Post SV Dortmund in 1995 and joined the youth ranks of Borussia Dortmund in 2003. He played for Borussia Dortmund until he left for the U-19 of Rot Weiss Ahlen in the summer of 2006. During his the first year there the attacking midfielder was featured in five games for the clubs 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 Ahlens 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.
In 2008–09 the then 19 year old had his definitive breakthrough as a professional football player. He played in 27 games and scored 4 times. On 25 May 2009 he signed a 4 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 2011–2012 season, Reus began the season in fine form scoring seven goals in twelve matches which lead to rumours of a possible transfer to English side Arsenal.
Reus' contract with Gladbach is set to expire in 2015, but his deal reportedly has a buy-out clause of €18 million, which will take effect in the summer of 2012.
Reus earned his first call-up to the Germany national under-21 football team in August 2009 and made his debut in a friendly match against Turkey national under-21 football team on 11 August 2009. On 6 May 2010 he earned his first call-up to the Germany national football team for a friendly match against Malta national football team on 14 May 2010. On 11 May 2010 he withdrew from the squad due to a leg injury picked up in the last game of the season against Bayer Leverkusen. On October 7, 2011 he made his debut against Turkey.