Borussia Dortmund, one of Europe’s most prestigious clubs, is a young talent magnet. From Nuri Sahin to Jadon Sancho, The German club transforms raw talent into world-class sensations. Giovanni Reyna, Borussia Dortmund’s latest American recruit aims to prove that he is worth the investment. Just like Chrisitan Pulisic impressed the world with his outstanding technical ability before leaving for Chelsea FC, Gio Reyna is looking to outperform his fellow countryman. Here are 6 things to know about this young player.
Football in the blood
When your father is a professional football player, you might have a future in playing football. However, if your mother is a professional football player too, then you are most likely to become a football sensation. Giovanni Reyna is a pureblood. Gio’s father, Claudio Reyna, is a football legend in the United States. In addition to his professional career in the Bundesliga, Claudio is a 2 times Scottish champion and 1 time Scottish cup winner. A versatile midfielder, Claudio Reyna also appeared in 112 games for the United States National Team (USMNT) from 1994 to 2006 and scored 8 goals. Thanks to his strong presence in the midfield, the British used to call him Captain America. Moreover, he is dubbed the best player in the history of the U.S national team by bleacherreport.com.
Claudio Reyna married Danielle Egan, Giovanni Reyna’s mother, in 1997. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, she made 6 appearances as a midfielder for the U.S. Women’s national team.
Giovanni Reyna is a Special Name
Football is one of the most followed team sports in the world. In addition to the stardom, financial compensation and free travel, footballers’ most valuable prizes are camaraderies and lifelong friendships. Although professional clubs are made of players from different backgrounds and cultures, the integration of the whole squad is key to the club’s success.
For Claudio Reyna, his friendship with former Rangers teammate Giovanni Van Bronckhorst goes beyond sharing the lockerroom or playing for the same team. In fact, Giovanni Reyna is named after former FC Barcelona player Giovanni Van Bronckhorst.
David Trezeguet Association
Former Arsenal legend Patrick Vieira coached Giovanni Reyna in New York City football club. Gio impressed the French player who compared is style of play to that of David Trezeguet. Vieira and Trezeguet both won the FIFA World Cup 1998 for France. Gio earned this comparison thanks to his pace and ability to provide accurate passes. He is also a great freekick taker.
Gio Reyna is Youssoufa Moukoko’s Teammate
A talented midfielder’s dream is a sharp finisher, and dream come true for Gio Reyna. The United States U17 team captain is playing alongside Youssoufa Moukoko, Borussia Dortmund’s upcoming striker.
The duo are currently playing for Borussia Dortmund U19 squad who is competing for the A-JUNIOREN BUNDESLIGA WEST. As of November 11th, 2019, Gio scored 3 goals and 6 assists while Youssoufa is at 19 goals and 5 assists.
Tragedy hits the Reyna Family
The Reynas is a family that loved living. Before they had any children, Claudio and Danielle would always travel around Europe and invite college friends in Germany. After living in Germany, Scottland, and England, the couple with their 4 children move back to the United States. Sons Jack, Giovanni, and Joah-Mikel all had an interest in football. Their sister, Carolina, loves to play several sports.
Shortly after winning the New York Cup with New York FC, Jack, then 11 years old, was diagnosed with stage IV glioblastoma, a very rare and deadly brain tumor. Unfortunately, Jack died in 2012 after a 2 year battle with cancer.
Gio’s Many Nationalities
Giovanni Reyna’s father, Claudio, is the son of an Argentian migrant from Portuguese descent. Gio was born in Sunderland, England and therefore he is entitled to British nationality. To facilitate his stay in Germany, Gio entered the country using his Portuguese passport. The talented talented midfielder is the current captain of the United States U-17 squad. He has the choice to follow the footsteps of his countryman Christian Pulisic and has also the potential to play for England or Portugal.
From the 2005 Borussia Dortmund, till the title winning squad in 2011 and UEFA Champions League runner up era, Mostafa was always a very passionate Black and Yellow supporter. You would often see him in Coffee shops and Bars on Matchdays. He will be wearing a BVB jersey and sipping on a German beer and most likely swearing at the referee.