Hello, I’m René, 51 years old and the chairman of the Temple Freaks.
I would like to share with you a little bit about the story of how Borussia Dortmund became my favorite club and how the “Freaks” came up.
I am originally from the Netherlands, where I grew up my first few years in a children’s home. Up until my adoption, I had to endure a lot there that left deep marks on me. However, with my adoptive parents I was able to experience a loving childhood.
A hard turning point in my life was the sudden death of my father in 1984, who died suddenly at the age of only 42 years. Since I have a younger brother and my mother didn’t have the strength to look after both of us equally, I felt lonely and abandoned.
In 1989 I decided to emigrate to Germany by myself and start my professional career here. I worked for an international travel company for several years and traveled abroad a lot, among other things, this time has shaped me a lot. I now live in Austria and still use every opportunity to be there in Dortmund’s “temple”, the Westfalenstadion.
I discovered my love for Borussia Dortmund in 1994, I was a guest at the Westfalenstadion several times and I was totally fascinated by the “yellow wall”, the fan curve and the atmosphere in the stadium. The unique atmosphere and the enthusiasm of the other fans electrified me. The “black and yellow fever” infected me and continues to this day.
In 2002 I suffered a serious change in my health due to cancer; I have only been cured since 2016. A lot of chemotherapy, radiation and other therapies didn’t stop me from remaining loyal to the association. On the contrary: my passion for Borussia gave me the strength to get through all of this and to fight with all my might. Even during my wife’s cancer, who died in 2018 and whom I devotedly supported and cared for, I gained strength through BVB.
My love for Borussia Dortmund and the passion for the club gave me hope and strength to go on living during this difficult time. I am very grateful for that. With my experiences, I would like to encourage other people, regardless of their origin and age, and support them to cope with their own fate. For this reason I founded BVB Tempel Freaks e.V. in 2019. We want to give people the opportunity to enjoy what many take for granted.