Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com’s latest feature, casts an eye over the weird, wonderful and sometimes controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight in recent days.

Today, bundesliga.com wishes a speedy recovery to one of Serbia's finest, enjoys the carnival celebrations in Köln, and raises a glass to the 30th birthday to a captain of club and country...

Today marks the start of Germany's most famous Karneval in Cologne, and the great and good have been making an appearances. Despite yesterday's first loss of the season, Anthony Ujah and 1. FC Köln's other stars are celebrating being top of the Bundesliga 2 pile. With pub and bar closing hours suspended for the duration of the event, coach Peter Stöger will be hoping the club's promotion push isn't derailed too much...

Finally, many happy returns to Bayern and Nationalmannschafts-Kapitän Philipp Lahm, who celebrates his 30th Birthday today. Having picked up the DFL Supercup, the DFB Cup, the Bundesliga title and the UEFA Champions League over the last year, the Munich native will be hoping that his next year brings even more silverware. Alles Gute, Philipp!

We forgot to add that Lahm has also led Bayern to a record-breaking 37 games unbeaten over the last year, too. Check out what he had to say about that on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: