Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com’s daily weekday feature, brings you another dose of the weird and wonderful tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight.

Today, we get the views of a USA legend on his former team's chances in the DFB Cup, see how Frank Ribery's fans are going about supporting his FIFA Ballon d'Or campaign and discover what really motivates Hamburger SV's Pierre-Michel Lasogga...

The race for the FIFA Ballon d'Or award is hotting up, both on and off the pitch. Last week Real Madrid FC distributed masks of Cristiano Ronaldo at one of their games in an effort to remind people of their preferred choice, but French football fans were just as creative on Sunday evening, pulling a similar trick to further FC Bayern München midfielder 's cause. The 30-year-old must have felt honoured to see masks of himself in all directions, reminding him that he's not just a pretty face.

Hamburger SV are confident of keeping hold of prized loanee Pierre-Michel Lasogga at least until the season’s end. The Hertha Berlin employee’s eight Bundesliga goals have caught the eye of many a potential suitor, but HSV sporting director Oliver Kreuzer isn’t expecting Lasogga’s agent, mother Kerstin, to play hard ball. “She knows what she wants,” said Kreuzer. “She’s easy to communicate with.” Mums know best after all…

The DFB Cup resumes this evening and there's no doubting round three's most romantic tie: Borussia Dortmund’s third-tier side 1. FC Saarbrücken. The hosts are the lowest-ranked club left in the competition and the odds of progression are firmly stacked against them, but one former player is holding out some hope. Eric Wynalda, former record-scorer for the USA national team and the Bundesliga's first-ever American-born player, was a Saarbrücken player between 1992 and 1994, and the current TV pundit us putting his faith in some DFB Cup magic. "My heart still beats for Saarbrücken, but Dortmund are a world-class team. We'll need a lot of luck."