If born anywhere else, Marco Reus may have been a pilot. Or pursued his interest in history. But Reus was born in Dortmund, raised as a BVB fan (he rooted for Tomáš Rosický), and bred as a BVB player. He trained at the Borussia Dortmund youth academy before joining the U-19 of Rot Weiss Ahlen in 2006. In the third division, he improved and was appointed to the Bundesliga 2 in 2008. The next season confirmed his talent: he scored 4 goals in 27 appearances. During the summer of 2009 he signed for Borussia Mönchengladbach where he rapidly became one of their strongest players, scoring 28 goals in 78 games. The 2011-12 season was a great success for Reus as he scored 21 goals and was noted for 14 assists, thus helping his team reach international competitions.
Reus’ great season continued when he was called up for the German National Team to play in the 2012 European Championship. He was also named 2012 German Footballer of the Year. For the season 2012-13 Reus transferred to his “hometown team,” Borussia Dortmund. He continues to perfect his game and his pre-game ritual: Reus always puts on his right socks, right shin guards, and right boots first. However, he always steps on the pitch with his left foot first.