Borussia Dortmund’s charismatic captain, Marco Reus, was voted Footballer of the Year in Germany for 2019. Reus was limited in his contributions in his previous two campaigns due to injury. However, when he was healthy, he made clear he hadn’t lost his ability to create and score goals. Staying healthy for much of the 2019 season, he tallied 17 goals and 8 assists in 27 appearances. His 2019 campaign demonstrated his ability to consistently maintain his form.
Reus, who earned the same honors in 2012 playing for Borussia Monchengladbach, felt incredibly honored. Citing the severity of his 2017 injury and the ensuing road to recovery, he said he felt particularly proud to see his hard work and training rewarded. Understandably, he conceded that his 2019 honors felt more meaningful that his 2012 honors because of his recent injuries and setbacks.
The Dortmund captain succeeds last year’s winner, Toni Kroos, and is 1 of 15 players to win it twice. Reus is just the fourth BVB player to win the award, and the first since Jurgen Kohler (1997). He received 158 of the 540 total votes, beating out Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz (121 votes) and Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich (35 votes).
Whether the 30 year-old can maintain his form heading into the 2020 season remains to be seen. However, barring any major injuries or setbacks, he shouldn’t have too much trouble. Dortmund return an abundance of established starters and welcome a plethora of promising talents in 2020. Given Dortmund’s success in 2019, their upcoming season has the potential to be one of Marco Reus’ most memorable campaigns with the Black and Yellow. The 30 year old will have his first real test before the Bundesliga’s opening weekend when BVB challenge reigning champions Bayern Munich in the DFL-Supercup Final on August 3 at Signal Iduna Park.
A 2019 graduate from the University of Michigan with a Bachelor of Arts in Communication, Ryan is an aspiring sports writer with a profound passion for the Black and Yellow. On match day, Ryan can likely be seen draped in Dortmund’s colors, perennially pacing the living room of his Ann Arbor apartment. He dreams of one day watching a match from world football’s largest and most impressive standing terrace, The Yellow Wall.