Born in Dortmund in May 1989, Marco Reus is a lifelong Borussia Dortmund fan. In 1994 he began to play with local side Post SV Dortmund and two years later was invited to join the Black-Yellows’ youth ranks.
The Germany international stayed within the Westfalen set-up for the next decade, and in that time developed a distinct admiration for Arsenal midfielder Tomas Rosicky, whom before joining the Gunners had made nearly 200 appearances for Dortmund and twice-won the Bundesliga Player of the Year award. In awe of his intelligence and creativity, Reus has often stated that the Czech midfielder is his footballing idol.
But at 15 years of age, the slight and slender Reus was told that he was too weak to become a footballer. Facing the prospect of being in the Dortmund reserves for the foreseeable future, he opted to join Rot Weiss Ahlen instead, in the German third tier. Five years later, he would be back at Westfalen.