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Marco Reus’ emotional farewell to Borussia Dortmund

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After 12 years representing the colors of his beloved club, Reus bid farewell to the Yellow Wall on an emotional afternoon at Signal Iduna Park.

Join us as we recap the tribute-filled farewell for one of Borussia Dortmund’s greatest idols.

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Marco Reus, the Absolute Idol of Borussia Dortmund

Since childhood, Marco Reus dreamed of playing for his favorite club, Borussia Dortmund. He spent 10 years in the club’s youth academy but was suddenly released for being too skinny.

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Reus turned professional and began his career in Germany’s third division with Rot Weiss Ahlen. After progressing to the second division and delivering impressive performances, he was signed by Borussia Mönchengladbach for 1 million euros.

Playing in the top tier of German football, he excelled at Borussia Mönchengladbach. In his first season, he scored eight goals in 33 matches, making it onto every Bundesliga breakout list.

The following season, he was his team’s top scorer with ten goals. Despite his efforts, his team struggled and spent most of the season fighting relegation.

In the 2011/12 season, the skinny boy was the standout player in the Bundesliga, being named German Footballer of the Year.

After years of waiting, Reus finally returned to his beloved club. Signed for 17.5 million euros, he penned a five-season contract with Borussia Dortmund.

Marco Reus joined Borussia Dortmund in 2012 and from then on, won various titles and etched his name in the club’s history.

In 2013, Reus was instrumental in Dortmund’s brilliant Champions League campaign, which ended in a last-minute defeat to Bayern Munich in the final.

Reus & Lewandowski ‐ Champions League Semifinal - Final - Super cup 2013 - YouTube

Over time, many players left, some even joining rival Bayern, but Reus’s love affair with Dortmund lasted more than a decade.

Reus often came close to winning major titles, finishing Bundesliga runner-up in five seasons and taking the silver medal in the 2012/13 Champions League. Now, he has the chance to win the world’s most prestigious club competition with Borussia Dortmund, potentially crowning his brilliant career.

Individually, he was named Germany’s Footballer of the Year in 2012 and 2019. He was also considered the best player in the Bundesliga for the 11/12, 13/14, and 18/19 seasons.

Reus’s career was marked by injuries. The most painful was just before the 2014 World Cup, where Germany emerged champions, and the forward, then a starting player for the national team, could not participate.

Lesionado, Marco Reus é cortado da Alemanha - Jornal O Globo

Photo: Thomas Eisenhuth / AP

From 2018 to 2023, he captained Dortmund and said, “I had the pleasure of proudly wearing the captain’s armband for five years. It was a great honor for me.”

He won the DFB-Pokal twice and the DFL-Supercup three times.

Reus leaves Borussia Dortmund as the club’s all-time top scorer with 170 goals and 131 assists. He leaves an unforgettable legacy and will be remembered as one of the club’s greatest idols.

Reus’s Farewell

The match against Darmstadt marked an emotional farewell for Reus in front of the fans at Signal Iduna Park.

Before the game, a series of tributes were made to the idol, including a beautiful mosaic from the fans.

'Obrigado, Marco', dizia o lindo mosaico da Muralha Amarela para Marco Reus, em seu adeus ao Signal Iduna Park com a camisa do Borussia Dortmund - Foto: Icon sport

Photo: Icon sport

On the pitch, Borussia Dortmund dominated and won 4-0, with a stellar performance from Reus. At 10 minutes, he received a pass from Sancho and hit the crossbar with a first-time strike.

At 29 minutes, he assisted Maatsen, who opened the scoring with a long-range shot.

At 37 minutes, Reus scored a masterful free-kick from the edge of the area, reaching the impressive milestone of 100 goals at Signal Iduna Park.

Dortmund completed the rout with goals from Brandt and Malen.

Reus comemorando gol marcado | Foto: Getty Images

Photo: Getty Images

After the match, the boy from Dortmund drank beer with the fans in the stands. However, he was responsible for the day’s most memorable moment. Reus gifted each of the 81,365 attendees at Signal Iduna Park with a beer, leaving a note that said: “Thank you for everything! The farewell beer is on me :)”

Bilhete de Marco Reus para a torcida do Borussia Dortmund — Foto: Reprodução / X

Photo: Reproduction/X

 

Written by Henry Miller.

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