Munich - 'Off the Ball', bundesliga.com's weekday feature, casts an eye over some of the offbeat and occasionally controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight sides.

Today, we congratulate an FC Bayern München stalwart on his longevity, discover who rules the Revier roost nowadays and hear some choice words from a Bundesliga star in the making.

He was named in the UEFA.com users' Team of the Year for 2013, and now Dortmund's Marco Reus has received an accolade that perhaps means just as much to him: the title of Revier Player of the Year for 2013. Decided by football coaches and initiated by local magazine Reviersport - the area of Germany in which the club is based - Reus, a Dortmund native and favourite with the fans, took top spot ahead of FC Schalke 04 youngster Max Meyer and team-mate Robert Lewandowski.

Most Bundesliga players have had some much-needed time off over the festive period, but not . The VfB Stuttgart sensation has scored four Bundesliga goals and assisted just as many this season, but is still just 17, meaning he's still required to study for his school leaving exams this year. "With football and schoolwork, that doesn't leave much time for anything else!" he told dfb.de. Of course it always helps to stay in school, but it seems Werner already has his career path laid out: "I guess you could say I'm on the way to making my dream into a job."