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Mario: Many goals for his club, avoided the descent with Mönchengladbach, matches with our national team. He can go on like this. Marco: Oh, national team?! But I was injured most of the time. Now I have to be friendly too: Became Champion, on top with Borussia Dortmund. He even showed great performance from time to time. *smiles*
Are you satisfied with this year?
Marco: You can always improve, and that’s what we want to do. But I'm satisfied with what I have achieved so far, yes. It should not seems like you would rest, because that’s not true. Mario: Yeah, you don’t do this. Maybe our fans feel different about it, but for me as a football player the championship is far away.
Did your status on the pitch changed during this year?
Mario: I always feel that the rivals adapt to me better than before.
Does defenders still wispers to you that you have only 5 minutes left?
Mario: *laughs* to live?
Until the next injury.
Mario: I’ve never experienced something like that. Marco: You won’t be offended with words on the pitch. The actions speaking for themseves. You will get injured or not.
You both play in clubs with strong footballers but most of the time you were able to convince as a team. At the same time, you guys are known as players who make the difference. How important is a single player in times of modern football?
Mario: Bacelona is a good example. They got many players with individual quality, but they make everything as a team anyways. I think both is important to be successful. Marco: They often talk about a main character. Maybe a single player can decide a game from time to time, but never the whole season.
What made you two so successful, exept talent and luck?
Marco: Maybe your surprised when we don’t say: I wanted it so bad and I had the will. We had and have it of course too, but mainly it’s the fun we have.
At least that doesn’t sound like the type of footballer like Oliver Kahn.
Mario: Do you mean with Kahn that you always have to torment yourself? Marco: I stick to it, it’s the fun. That you’re crazy for football and be passionate. Mario: Discipline and Disclaimer too, but I totally agree with Marco. Marco: Mario even plays football down in the basement.
In the basement?
Mario: We got a little pitch down there, perhaps 4x5 meters in size, with little gates. Me and my brothers play with a little plastic ball, but not as often as in the past. Marco: although it would be necessary. *smirks widely at Mario* Mario: I’ve invited Marco to a little match, but he doesn’t dare. *grins back*
So, Reus has a basement training deficit against Götze. Another difference between you is, that Mr. Reus was already at several clubs.
Marco: I didn’t play in the first year of the B-Jugend at Borussia Dortmund, because the Trainer said he would set the players after their performence and skills. Mario: That’s why you didn’t play. Marco: You weren’t even born back this time! *laughs* In those days I already thought that I’m good enough and after a game against Ahlen I asked them if they wanted me, and the Trainer said yes. Basically I tranferred myself. Ahlen made me feel good.
Marco: Because I was finally allowed to play football. It hurts when you’re like 15,16 or 17 years old and you can’t play. That’s like a ban. I didn’t even cared that I played for the third class Ahlen instead of the first class Borussia Dortmund.
Mr. Reus, you said you have to feel good to bring good performance. What does that mean?
Marco: When I moved to Mönchengladbach at the age of 20, I became part of a very young team, which helped a lot. Than of course the surroundings: family, girlfriend, manager.
Mr. Götze, you still live with your parents.
Mario: And it’s the most beautiful place to live. Marco: I live alone - and can’t complain. If you will ever move out… Mario: What surely happens… Marco: You will like it. And I even know why. Mario: I love to cook. Marco: That’s what I’m talking about! *both of them laughing hard* Mario: No, let’s be serious. I have my family and friends here, so everything is fine.
Do you ever feel like your career went rapidly better and better?
Marco: I’m a late Bloomer compared with Mario. Mario: I think you have to classify and process. When you’re surrounded by the right people, you can relativize everything.
Do you still have contact with some friends from the past?
Mario: Something changed. There are 2 or 3 friends who still see’s me like who I am. But there are some people too, who only wants to be friends with you because of your career. Marco: Those people who “always believed in you”. I know them too.
Do you get warily?
Mario: Yes. Marco: It’s always difficult to find people you can trust. But that’s not a problem, I have enough good friends. Mario: When we are away with the team, we always sleep in expensive hotels and of course we spent a lot more money on clothes than other people at our age. That’s a fact. But we don’t spent all our money for expensive things, we still eat pizza for 7 euros. *laughs*
Do you get begging letters sometimes, like some lotterywinners?
Mario: Nobody asked me for money yet.
Mr. Reus,you watched a game from the tribune a few days ago, because of you toe-injury. You sat next to you girlfriend.(Mario is typing instantly something in his phone) Did you told her how everything runs and she said “ok I’m going to watch this game with you in the stadium, even the cameras filming and and taking photos of me”?
Marco: She is watching every game of my team at the stadium. This time I was injured and sat next to her. Sould I sat down 3 places away from her, or what? *laughs* That would’ve been quite unnatural.
They wrote in the newspaper that you showed the love of your life.
Marco: She sat next to me in the stadium! After that we went together to the VIP room, but she left after a couple minutes. My family stays there after every game too. I think, you don’t have to overthink everything.
Mario(shows a picture from the newspaper on his smartphone. The photo shows how Marco kisses his girfriend.): “Marco Reus kissed his Caro tenderly on the tribune”. *laughs hard* Marco: Completely unnecessary to show that now, completely unnecessary. *smirks at Mario*
Do you feel in everyday life that footballers are role models too?
Mario: It’s not like I feel it every second. I don’t went to the christmas market and drink 5 cups of Glühwein of course, but I wouldn’t do this at home either.
Some professional footballers of Dortmund went to a concert of the politically incorrect and disputed Rapper Bushido.
Mario: I wasn’t there. Marco: I went to Söhne Mannheims in Oberhausen, they aren’t politically incorrent, right?
Could you sing along without being filmed? Celebrities who are went out privately recover themselves on youtube sometimes.
Marco: Nobody filmed me or recorded me… I think. I didn’t even danced or something like that. *laughs* Mario: You’re just wearing a hat when you went out, that’s enough. Marco: We even play football in towns and live in towns where football is an pretty important thing. I don’t know Berlin that much, but I think football is more significant in Mönchengladbach and Dortmund than there.
We often read that many different clubs offer a lot of money to buy you too. Mr. Reus, the Fc Bayern woos you at the moment. How do you deal with that?
Marco: I’m not so much interested in reports like that. When I show performance and big clubs wanna buy me, I’m happy about it. Mario: It’s always great to hear that, of course. But the question is, how serious those articles are.
But of course, the representatives of major European clubs report their consultant Volker Struth and Dirk Hebel.
Marco: Yeah, sure and that’s what I’m a little bit more interested in. But I don’t ask Volker about new inquires every week and he don’t annoy me with it either. Mario: We are both pretty happy at our clubs. I don’t think I’ve send any signals that shows that I really wanna leave Borussia Dortmund. Marco: When the newspapers wrote that Bayern wanted to buy me, something beautiful happened to me. I came to training and over my locker hung a poster with the words “Ulli, keep your money”.
How would react your teammates when they read that Arsenal wants to pay 40 million euros for Mario?
Marco: Then he gets spells in the cabin, that’s for sure. Plus some from me. *smirks*
Footballers and trainer always say they wanna focus on the next game. Do you really do that?
Marco: Ask someone from the Bundesliga against whom he will play in 5 weeks, he will need time to consider.
How do you plan your own career?
Marco: It’s diffecult to really plan something, everything can happen in football. You have to convince every single day, during every training. When I wanna influence my career, theres no other way. I think, I really live for the moment. Mario: Me too. Of course I have some goals for the future, but I don’t put myself under pressure.
And what about private things? Kids, for example, do you want some at the age of 30?
Mario: Perfect question for Marco. Marco: Thanks, you’re so kind. It can happen a little bit earlier, but it can wait.
Mr. Götze, how will 2012 go for MarcoReus?
Mario: If he will marry? At least he will score a lot of goals and give some Assists. Marco: And Mario has to stay healthy and show, how good he is. I mean on the pitch, of course. *smirks*