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.



West-Germany football team 1980


A 32-page mini-magazine in the Bravo of 5 June 1980, introducing the West-German squad to the Euro 1980 in Italy — the team that would win the competition with a 2-1 victory over Belgium in the final. The idea is to fold the pages in such a way as to create a pocket-size magazine. The player pictured on the instructions page is Hamburg’s Manfred Kaltz.





Pierre Littbarski 1982


German footballer Pierre Littbarski of 1. FC Köln poster on a centre-spread poster in Bravo of 4 February 1982. The likable 21-year-old had two goals on his international debut for West-Germany in a 3-1 win in Austria in October 1981. Littbarski (who featured here before) came second in the readers’ poll for most popular sports star of 1981, behind Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Finishing behind the two football players were six other footballers:

3. Hansi Müller
4. Björn Borg (Tennis)
5. Toni Schumacher
6. Bernd Schuster
7. Toni Mang (Motorcycle racing)
8. Paul Breitner
9. Horst Hrubesch
10. Klaus Fischer

The women’s top ten:
1. Denise Biellmann (Figureskater)
2. Tina Riegel (Figureskater)
3. Christa Kinshofer (Skier)
4. Irene Epple (Skier)
5. Sylvia Hanika (Tennis)
6. Chris Evert (Tennis)
7. Tracy Austin (Tennis)
8. Ulrike Meyfarth (Highjumper)
9. Dagmar Lurz (Figureskater)
10. Evi Mittermaier (Skier)

Pierre Littbarski 1982

82-06-16 Littbarski

Footballer Pierre Littbarski of 1. FC Köln featured in Bravo of 16 June 1982, coinciding with the 1982 World Cup in Spain. The previous season Littbarski had been the breakthrough star, making his debut for West-Germany with two goals in a 3-1 win against Austria in Vienna. Littbarski had superb skills and was a very nice guy (probably still is). In 1990 he won the World Cup in 1990.