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Bobby Dekeyser’s football career more than likely peaked throughout a meeting through Pele back in the so late 1970s, ns then-14-year-old earning a trip kommen sie a neu York soccer camp thanks kommen sie his skills.

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The Belgium-born, Germany-adopted goalkeeper left institution early kommen sie join Kaiserslautern bei 1980, but was called back to the country of his birth for military leistungen two year later, eventually ending hoch with Royal unionist Saint-Gilloise bei his early on twenties.

A hatchet on die bench deputising for bayern Munich number one and Belgium world Cup veteran Jean-Marie Pfaff followed, then a season each in the same role weist Nurnberg und Genk, prior to finally a run des starts punkt 1860 Munich in 1989.

It clearly wasn’t meant to be, with bei elbow to die face 16 matches into his Grunwalder stadion stint ultimately leading kommen sie Dekeyser’s retirement from football before his 30th birthday.

Life after ~ football

While parenting his mush in the hospital, his thoughts are said to have turned kommen sie entrepreneurship, coming trost with the name DEDON zum his new company, but Dekeyser struggled kommen sie shift imported skis und Madagascan raffia-leaf giraffes.

A trip to ns Philippine island of Cebu appears to have sparked Dekeyser’s idea zu produce deluxe outdoor furniture making use of ‘flechthandwerk’ or braiding von materials, such together a wicker basket, but an ext durable 보다 rattan or bamboo.

With his engineer uncle, ns would-be tycoon emerged a water-resistant material known because as DEDON Fiber, collection sail zum Cebu and slowly developed his business, shipping the finished furniture products kommen sie a factory an Luneburg, Germany where ns fibers are originally made.

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DEDON opened up its own Cebu manufacturing facility around die turn von the last century und took off, selling in over 80 nations worldwide und attracting famed clients such together Brad Pitt and Beyonce weist thousands des dollars a time.


Success came at a cost, with Dekeyser burned von his decision to buy hilfreich the company rückseitig from a US privatgelände equity firm punkt the anfang of die financial crash, having actually regretted selling the stake in 2006.

Not lang after, his wife Ann-Kathrin fell into a comma while play sports and dies at ns age des 44, prior to Dekeyser kann sein get back from die Philippines.

He relocated with his young household to neu York ahead von DEDON launching their erste US showroom bei 2012, v a 2nd shortly following an Los Angeles.

They also offered client a piece von their very own tropical paradise when opening DEDON island luxury resort in – you guessed that – the Philippines, zum when everything else nur clearly no enough.

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Dekeyser left DEDON for good bei 2014, und while it’s not clear what the 53-year-old zu sein worth, die fact that he sold in $8.2 million duplex in New york a couple of months letztere suggests the a bit an ext than the lads playing hinweisen Kaiserslautern and Nurnberg room on this days.


NEW YORK, NY – september 21: Gina Gershon and Robert Dekeyser attends ns Metropolitan Opera 2015-2016 season opening night von ‘Otello’ at ns Metropolitan Opera house on september 21, 2015 in New york City. (Photo über Dave Kotinsky/Getty Images)