[乱译]Marco Reus -‘Popeye without the muscles' （From bundesliga.de）
Marco Reus went over and above expectations in his first season in the Bundesliga, becoming one of the first names on the Borussia Mönchengladbach team sheet and receiving a call up for the national team from Germany coach Joachim Löw.
A down to earth, introverted character in private, the 21-year-old is completely the opposite on a football field, showing the kind of outlandish skills and blistering pace that leaves even the best defenders quaking in their boots. Find out who his footballing idol is, where he began his career and what his favourite food is as bundesliga.de presents ten facts you may or may not know about Marco Reus...
Reus the Rocket
Marco Reus was intended to be eased slowly into first team affairs during his first season with Gladbach, but by the age of just 20 he had already celebrated his Bundesliga debut, coming on as a 70th minute substitute in a 3-3 draw at Bochum in the 'Foals'' opening match of the 2009/10 season. Thanks to his darting runs on the flanks, he soon became an integral part of the team, scoring eight goals and missing just one match throughout the rest of the campaign.
It was in his fourth game that Reus really burst onto the scene. Playing at home against Mainz, he picked up the ball just inside his own half before embarking on a winding solo fun that ended with him sinking the ball into the net to put his team 2-0 ahead. "It was an amazing feeling, an unforgettable moment," said Reus upon reaching one of the first milestones of his fledgling career.
Error of judgement
Originally, Reus was a product of the Borussia Dortmund youth setup, where in spite of his undoubted talent, the club let him in 2006 due to a perceived lack of phyical presence. He then took what many saw as a step back by joining Rot Weiss Ahlen, but it turned out to be precisely the career boost he was looking for. "We should have looked a little more closely," admitted BVB sporting director Michael Zorc on the decision to release the young Reus.
Reus blossomed at Ahlen, playing 27 matches over the course of the 2008/09 2. Bundesliga season having helped the club to promotion the year before. The midfielder netted four goals as Rot Weiss finished tenth, his pacey displays attracting the attentions of Borussia Mönchengladbach. Curiously, one of Reus' team-mates back then was future Dortmund star Kevin Großkreutz, though the next season the two faced each other as opponents.
Marco Reus' favourite player from his Dortmund days was Tomas Rosicky. "I've always followed him. He's my role model. I like the way he plays." The jewel in the Gladbach crown shares many of his idol's trademark skills, such as dribbling, creativity and free kicks. Some fans have even started to call him 'Reusicky'...
Reus has twice been called into the German national squad, and twice he has had to pull out at the last minute. Before the World Cup he was hindered by a thigh injury, before missing out on the Denmark friendly this month due to flu. The lively winger is now hoping it will be third time lucky. "It's recognition for your performances and I was very proud to be called into the national squad. Now I'm even more determined to keep improving and fulfil my dream." Reus has managed two appearances for the U21s.
罗伊斯曾经两次被召进德国国家队，但两次都不得不在最后时刻离开。世界杯前他被大腿骨伤所阻碍，在此之前他还因为流感缺席了本月与丹麦的热身赛。（杯具帝 = =）这个出色的边锋现在就希望这第三次机会可以RP爆发。“这是对我表现的认可，并且我非常骄傲能够进入国家队。现在我甚至越发的决心要继续提高，实现我的梦想。”罗伊斯已然代表U21国家队出场两次。
At the beginning of last season, some thought Reus was former Borussia youngster Marko Marin's twin. The two share the same shirt number and the same haircut, and the current Bremen winger even plays in a similar style. "His agility and control means he can always do something surprising with the ball," said Gladbach coach Michael Frontzeck on his latest gem.
Reus' impressive performances have inevitably brought about enquiries regarding his availability from other clubs, but Gladbach sporting director Max Eberl is standing firm. "Dante and Reus are unsellable. We're not in a position where we have to sell players so there's no point anybody asking us" The 'Foals' are hoping to continue their steady improvement as they aim to rediscover past European glories, and after three years in the Bundesliga, the club now have a solid financial grounding upon which to do so.
Marco Reus is yet to find his preferred position in attack. Having spent most of last season wide on the right, he ended the campaign as a central support striker. "Both roles are fine. Where I play is for the coach to decide," he said. The youngster is also constantly looking to improve his defensive game. "He does a lot of chasing back," commented his coach Frontzeck.
At home, Reus is a down to earth chap who remains largely unaffected by the often glitzy world of a professional sportsman. Rarely one for trendy clubs or exotic holiday destinations, he prefers his mum's "mashed potato with red cabbage and goulash - she does that pretty well." Another of his favourites is "potatoes and spinach". The spinach certainly hasn't had the same effect on Reus as it did on Popeye, but that isn't likely to stop the Gladbach star from continuing to wow the crowds at the Borussia Park for years to come.
By Johannes Fischer