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 watches Germany launch their new kit, gives a Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper a pat on the back, and hears an FC Bayern München star's views on potential invincibility.

Bayern's Thomas Müller and FC Schalke 04's Julian Draxler were the men chosen to model Germany's new kit at its launch on Munich's famous Leopoldstraße on Monday, posing for photos and handing out jerseys to lucky fans. The new strip, "a statement of elegance, class and love of the game," according to designer Jürgen Rank, contains a purple patch across the chest but otherwise encompassess all that is expected of a Nationalelf number.

Borussia Dortmund goalkeeper Roman Weidenfeller, also currently with the German national team, gave his first press conference as a member of the squad this afternoon in Munich. Weidenfeller turned out in full team training kit and was clearly excited by the challenge ahead of him. The 33-year-old will attempt to oust Bayern goalkeeper Manuel Neuer as Germany's number one ahead of the World Cup finals, but for now is just happy to be involved: "I'm here completely at the service of the national team."

On customarily good form in an interview with newspaper Bild, Bayern star Müller isn't just satisfied with the club's 37-game unbeaten run, he wants to extend it. "It's a real motivation thinking about going a whole season unbeaten," said the 24-year-old. Bayern's next game, however, could be key, "Bayern against Dortmund will be a game which will leave the Bundesliga and Europe thrilled," he promised.


Have a look at the contrasting weekend reactions of the Bundesliga's top two in this video exclusive to the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: