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This German football fan decorated his entire house with his team’s colors.

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Everything in Kristina Walter’s world is black and yellow, the colors of her favorite team Borussia Dortmund (BVB).

The logo of the football club is everywhere you look, starting with the walls of his house, which is yellow with black window frames, doors and beams.

The mailbox is black and yellow like the car.

Walter is wearing a yellow shirt, dark pants, and a black cardigan.

“I don’t actually have clothes in any other color,” she says.

He lives in Brandenburg in Quappendorf, where his house has become a landmark that locals learn to love.

Anyone driving through the village cannot fail to see the house Walter and her husband Andreas Walter built after moving from Berlin to the nearby countryside.

“Some people stop and take a closer look,” Andreas says.

“It’s not really my style,” says Franziska Wetzlar, who runs Pimpinelle, a dairy sheep farm across the street from the colorful house.

Considering that Dortmund is hundreds of kilometers away in western Germany, there may not be any other BVB fans in Quappendorf. But Walter, a retired geriatric nurse, says the locals are all friendly and welcoming.

“Almost everyone came to our completion ceremony and brought gifts – of course, wrapped in black and yellow,” she says.

Raised in East Berlin, he started following BVB shortly after German reunification in 1990.

Walter, his son Silvio (left) and husband Andreas in a black and yellow car whose colors proudly show their loyal support for a football team, Borussia Dortmund.

“At the time I thought Matthias Sammer was great and was one of the first East German players to move to a West German club, BVB,” says Walter.

Sammer no longer plays for the side but Walter is still loyal to BVB.

“My new favorite is Marco Reus,” she says. When the Dortmund team arrives in Berlin, she and her husband head to the stadium to watch the match live – though Andreas is actually following a different team.

A former postman supports the Berlin team Hertha BSC, whose colors are blue and white.

“But I’m not as much of a fanatic as my wife,” Andreas says as he sets a Hertha-colored coffee pot on the table. Walter has only seen his team play at home twice. Because Dortmund is on the other side of the country.

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Still, the fans out there approved, he says. “It was very different from Berlin, the fans know how to behave. Even if Borussia loses, nobody leaves the stadium until the final goal has been scored.”

He drove to the games in a car with yellow and black trim and a large logo on the hood, which is often photographed by fans in North Rhine-Westphalia.

Many other BVB fans also live in Dortmund’s hometown and are proud of their team. A BVB press office worker says a farmer cut the BVB logo in a field.

“There are a lot of people around Dortmund who decorate their houses or apartments in black and yellow or celebrate their wedding or birthday at the stadium if it’s not match day,” says Luisa Walleit, from BVB’s fans department.

BVB has followers across the country and beyond, in the Netherlands and Belgium. Even then, the Walter family were serious fans, Walleit says.

Mayor Mario Eska says Quappendorf, a village of about 100 people, was initially unstable.

“BVB is not to everyone’s taste. The houses here in the Oderbruch area are more traditional,” he says of local architectural styles.

But he says how people decorate their homes is not up to him.

“If it were Bayern Munich and not BVB, the atmosphere in the village would be very different. Nobody likes them here,” he says.

Many Germans outside of Bavaria resent Bayern Munich, the richest club in the country, for dominating the league tables and being able to afford most of the top players on other teams.

Walters moved into their new home just last year, leaving the stress of Berlin behind for the quiet Oderbruch district.

Walter’s pride and joy is his new kitchen, with dark countertops, black and yellow tiles, pots and yellow furniture that contrasts beautifully with the dark refrigerator.

There’s also the BVB trophy collection, a toaster that plays the club’s song, and soccer ball-shaped lamps.

Next, they plan to decorate the party room with scarves, hats and a large wall tattoo.

Outside they painted the cottage in club colors. They still have a flagpole on their to-do list where they can hoist the Borussia Dortmund flag. They also want to install a moving spotlight to reflect the logo on their building.

They’re planning a housewarming later, but they haven’t decided on the dress code yet.

After all, they wore the colors of their team when they got married, Walter wearing a yellow dress with black dots and Andreas wearing a blue suit and white shirt. – dpa