Cologne - Since returning to boyhood club Borussia Dortmund in 2012, the outrageously talented has only continued to improve, establishing himself as a regular for Germany and helping BVB to the UEFA Champions League final in 2013.

Despite now being a global household name, bundesliga.com dug deep to find ten facts you may not already know about the German midfielder...

Born in Dortmund on 31 May 1989, Reus' first club was local outfit Post SV Dortmund, whom he joined as a boy. His former coach Andrea Schürmann recalls how he spent almost every available moment kicking a ball. "He always loved playing, either here or at home. He was good on the ball and more than held his own in the team."

Reus graduated to the Dortmund youth academy in 1996, but at 15 was told his slight physique would hamper his ambitions of making it as a professional. Faced with the option of fighting for his place in the reserves or leaving, he opted to seek regular football at Rot-Weiß Ahlen, then in the third tier. "It was very painful for me to leave‚" he told The Guardian in 2013. "When you play your whole youth career at one club you want to make the next step – especially when you support the team."

Breaking into Ahlen's first team when he was still a teenager, he was spotted by Borussia Mönchengladbach and taken to the Borussia Park in the summer of 2009. Then a nimble-footed winger, he went on to shape the immediate future of the club, scoring the decisive goal that helped the Foals avoid relegation in 2011 and then scoring 18 times to secure a fourth-placed finish and entry to the UEFA Champions League qualifying stage in 2011/13.

His sensational form in the 2011/12 season was rewarded with a call-up to the Germany squad by head coach Joachim Löw. Having pulled out of four previous squads because of injury or illness, he finally debuted for die Nationalmannschaft in October 2011 against Turkey, and made the final 23-man squad for UEFA Euro 2012. He scored in the quarter-final victory over Greece, having struck his first-ever international goal against Switzerland in May of that year.

As well as having an impeccable first touch and a tremendous burst of pace, Reus is one of the Bundesliga's best at striking a dead ball. In 2012/13, he scored three times from direct free-kicks, against FC Augsburg, Werder Bremen and VfL Wolfsburg, while six of his other deliveries also produced goals for BVB team-mates.

Often part of the mass of 80,000 supporters crammed into the Westfalenstadion as a kid, Reus drove home to Dortmund every weekend while at Gladbach and endeared himself further to many German football fans by choosing his hometown club over FC Bayern. "I just felt this was the best-supported team with players who work well together under a great coach. Players don't come and go as often as they do at Bayern. It was the best place for me, and I was coming home."

The fact that Reus is equally comfortable on either foot may have caused his aversion to using his head. "I hate losing, and I also hate heading. I'm scared of it," he revealed in an interview with Sky Sport News HD. "I always used to head the ball in the wrong place, with the top of my head." Off the pitch, music is one of his hobbies, either singing American hip-hop or playing the guitar, but he is just as fond of...

...tattoos. Emblazoned on his left forearm he has 'Marco - 31.05.1989’, with a few more dotted across his arms. "I just love tattoos and I have a good tattoo artist. There'll probably be some more in the future. It might even become an obsession."

Another sign of his love for Borussia Dortmund comes in the form of the player he idolised in his younger years: Tomas Rosicky. The Czech international was one of the club's foremost figures in the early 2000s, winning the Bundesliga title with BVB and playing close to 200 league games. "Rosicky had great technique and was so intelligent and mature even though he was still young at Dortmund. I copied everything about him - right down to his sweatbands."

While Reus discovered a love for football early on and took every opportunity to practice, it is not a passion he shares with his two older sisters. "Unfortunately they don't have my enthusiasm for the game," explained Reus, who dated German TV presenter Caro Böhs (r.) between 2009 and 2013.




Compiled by Bernie Reeves