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 find out which FC Schalke 04 defender is setting his sights on a place at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil, discover which Hertha stars are set to feature in a music video, and celebrate the 114th anniversary of the German Football Association.

With the 2014 FIFA World Cup on the horizon, players around the globe are fighting for a place in their respective country's squad for the tournament in Brazil. One of them is FC Schalke 04 centre-back and, although the 27-year-old has never won a cap for the Selecao, he has not given up hope of making Luiz Felipe Scolari's squad. "Every Brazilian is dreaming of the World Cup," said Santana. "I have to produce outstanding performances, but I'm capable of doing that."

Hertha Berlin have been flying high in the Bundesliga this season, but it seems the talents of the capital club's players extend further than the football pitch. and , as well as former Hertha star Andreas Neuendorf, are set to appear in the music video of Shermain Noir & the Highway Surfers' latest single "Don't Get Me Wrong". "It was incredible," Niemeyer wrote on his official Facebook page. "I was even allowed a go on the bass."

Finally, everyone at bundesliga.com would like to wish the German Football Association a very Happy Birthday. The DFB was founded 114 years ago today, when 36 delegates of 86 German clubs met in Leipzig to vote on establishing the association. Thankfully 62 of the delegates voted in favour and, two years later, the newly-founded DFB consolidated several regional organisations into a single recognised national body, which later facilitated the founding of the Fußball-Bundesliga for the 1963/64 season.


Matthew Howarth