Favourite sports stars 1978


The winners of the annual poll of favourite sports stars of 1977 was published in Bravo of 9 February. Footballer Hansi Müller, a previous Bravo Boy of the Year finalist, came in straight at number 3.

The men’s Top 10:
1 Sepp Maier (football, West-Germany)
2 Klaus Fischer (football, West-Germany)
3 Hansi Müller (football, West-Germany)
4 Dietrich Thurau (cycling, West-Germany)
5 Dieter Müller (football, West-Germany)
6 Kevin Keegan (football, England)
7 Gerd Müller (football, West-Germany)
8 Rainer Bonhof (football, West-Germany)
9 Alwin Schockemöhle (horse jumping, West-Germany
10 Franz Klammer (downhill ski, Austria)

And the women’s Top 10:
1 Annegret Richter (sprint, West-Germany)
2 Dagmar Lurz (figure skating, West-Germany)
3 Evi Mittermaier (downhill ski, West-Germany)
4 Christa Zechmaier (downhill ski, West-Germany)
5 Pamela Behr (downhill ski, West-Germany)
6 Rosi Mittermaier (downhill ski, West-Germany)
7 Ellen Wellmann (middle-distance runner, West-Germany)
8 Rosemarie Ackermann (high jump, East-Germany)
9 Brigitte Holzapfel (high jump, West-Germany)
10 Eva Wilms (shot-put, West-Germany)

Here’s the men’s category winner, Bayern Munich goalkeeper Sepp Maier


Bayern München 1976

Players from Bayern München swept the top 3 in the annual readers’ poll for favourite sports star of 1975, published in Bravo of 22 January 1976. The Top 10 of men (the women’s ran in the Princess Ann post on Sunday):

1 Sepp Maier (football, West Germany)
2 Gerd Müller (football, West Germany)
3 Franz Beckenbauer (football, West Germany)
4 Björn Borg (tennis, Sweden)
5 Berti Vogts (football, West Germany)
6 Johnny Ceccotto (motorcycle racing, Venezuela)
7 Francisco Marinho (football, Brazil)
8 Muhammad Ali (boxing, USA)
9 Egon Müller (motorcycle speedway racing, West-Germany)
10 Rainer Bonhof (football, West Germany)

On the centre-spread poster is winner Sepp Maier:


Gerd Müller, the greatest goal-scorer of all time:


Franz Beckenbauer, greatest all-round player ever:


Bravo 5 Oct 1978 (+ football article)


Big Elvis on the cover of Bravo of 5 October 1978. This week 40 years ago, Germany’s youth read about:

• Presley’s private secretary Becky Yancey: “Elvis had magical powers”.
• All about Battlestar Galactica
• Dee Dee Ramone’s return home to Berlin
• Clout: “The five rock girls from South Africa”
• Thin Lizzy in concert in London
• Two rising football stars (see below)
• Focus on new wave band Japan
• Jörg Treptow: The boss of The Teens
• Actor Lex Barker remembered
• Singer Ireen Sheer: “I was a beauty queen at 17”
• Tragedy of four teens killed in a car crash on way home from holiday
• The life of a F1 mechanic (it’s not glamorous)
• The Motors: “For Brits give gas”
• Actress Olivia Pascal’s lifestory

Bravo’s insightful article on Dortmund goalie Eike Immel and future Germany legend Pierre Littbarski of 1. Fc Köln, both still only 18 then.