Marco Reus is a symbol of the failure of BVB in the face of the tangible title. His suffering is particularly tragic.
Marco Reus cried and cried. He cried near the center circle as the gruesome final whistle shattered his dreams, he later cried into his shirt, in front of the South Stand, which empathetically sought comfort – and he cried in the arms of Mahmoud Dahoud, who eventually sent him off into that cold room of mourning that was the cabin.
In the midst of Borussia Dortmund’s championship collapse, the captain’s suffering once again had an outstanding tragedy. It was supposed to be his day! Finally, after years of chasing that damn championship trophy. His accomplishment, his party on Borsigplatz. The end of the talk.
Nothing came of it. “What we’re all feeling right now can’t be described. It’s a huge emptiness,” said sports director Sebastian Kehl, who was one of the few able to articulate his pain. Reus, on the other hand, was gone, gone, just gone. He didn’t talk, like almost all players, nor did he feel like “come back stronger” after the lifeless phrases of Instagram perseverance slogans of the brand.
Borussia Dortmund, as he said in advance, is everything to him: “Home. Connections. Life.” He is a Dortmunder through and through, having grown up in the Körne district. His parents live in Wickede, he played for the Postsportverein on Lisboner Allee and at the age of six for BVB: In a photo as a boy he pulls his pants up almost to his nipples. But in the U17 he was sorted out: too skinny, too small.
Marco Reus at BVB: “Thought: ‘Wow, you still have so much time'”
After the detour via Rot Weiss Ahlen and Mönchengladbach, the return to Dortmund and ten years of tormenting Bayern dominance, he wanted to set off a final “firework display” all the more magnificently. At a moment when, despite the captain’s armband, he is no longer a regular at the age of almost 34. He had imagined everything: And then this.
In the silence after the final whistle, the color seemed to have drained from the world of Marco Reus. After many bitter setbacks in his career, he also became the symbol of BVB’s failure in the face of the title. On Sunday, Kehl said, they wanted to “everybody hug each other again.”
Marco Reus can probably use that. “I have pictures in my mind when I was in my early 20s and thought: Wow, you still have so much time,” he said in a YouTube format after his contract was renewed a few weeks ago. “But the time that flies.” It was prophetic.