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.

In this edition we followed Joachim Löw to London to observe a flood of German talent in London, while we also report on a new contract for Borussia Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc and an initiative that will bring Schalke fans closer to their heroes than ever before.

Germany coach Joachim Löw was able to run the rule over no fewer than ten national team players when he took in FC Bayern München's UEFA Champions League trip to Arsenal FC on Wednesday night. Löw was at the Emirates Stadium to see , , , , , and line up against Per Mertesacker, Mesut Özil and Lukas Podolski.

Borussia Dortmund have extended the contract of sporting director Michael Zorc until 2019. Zorc, who has been with the club since 1978, first as a player and then in a managerial capacity, has celebrated success on and off the field with the Westphalians, but says more is still to come. "I don't feel we've reached the end of our line yet," he said. "I see our recent triumphs as motivation for sustained, long-term success with Borussia Dortmund, to establish the club at the top of the Bundesliga and as a regular fixture in the UEFA Champions League."

FC Schalke 04 will have their fans literally behind them for their final game of the 2013/14 season after announcing an initiative to bring their supporters even closer than ever to their heroes. The Royal Blues will parade their new kit for the 2014/15 season when they host 1. FC Nürnberg on 10 May, only the shirts will be unique creations for the occasion with the numbers on the backs of the players shirts containing photos of fans, who can secure a 4 x 4mm 'pixel' on a shirt of their choice for €4.04, via mitspieler-s04.de.

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