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, there's a first glimpse of a ball we'll be seeing a lot more of next summer, birthday greetings for a Bayer Leverkusen great and good deeds afoot in Mönchengladbach...

Just in time for Friday's FIFA World Cup group stage draw, adidas has unveiled the ball the game's international elite will be using in Brazil next summer. The Brazuca – a colloquial term for an intrinsically Brazilian quality, also used in appreciation of a nice piece of skill – has a ribbon-shaped design which plays on the country's 200-year-old tradition of wearing wish bracelets for luck. Joachim Löw's Germany are not alone in hoping that will work to their benefit over the course of the finals, rather than the hosts'.