Munich - The Bundesliga boasts everything a football fan could possibly ask for, so to bring you a step closer to the German top flight's more colourful behind-the-scenes stories, here's Off The Ball, bundesliga.com's quirky periodical.

In today's issue, you can find out which budding Germany international fancies having a go in the Bundesliga, Australian outfit Perth Glory take a leaf out of Hannover 96's book and we raise a glass to one of FC Bayern München's resident Pisceans.

After earning a surprise call-up to Joachim Löw's Germany set-up for last week's friendly with Chile, U.C Sampdoria defender Shkodran Mustafi now has his sights firmly set on the Bundesliga. The 21-year-old, who spent three years honing his craft in the youth ranks at Hamburger SV, before moving to English club Everton FC, made no bones about it when he told Sportbild recently, "The Bundesliga's my goal". Shkrodan, you've got fine taste!

Australian League side Perth Glory have been snapped in the German press flying a flag bearing an uncanny resemblance to that of Bundesliga outfit Hannover 96's numerical emblem. Don't expect any legal wranglings, though: Perth were founded 100 years after the Reds in 1996 and have covered their backs by opting for a fetching shade of purple as their primary colour of choice, as opposed to Hannover's distinctive green hue.

And finally, FC Bayern München defender has reason to celebrate and perhaps even indulge in a cheeky slice of spongecake on this his 25th birthday. That makes the waylaid Germany international a Pisces, with the astrologers generally forecasting a 'major year of transformation and rebirth' in 2014. Potentially good news, then, for a man currently on the long road to recovery after rupturing knee ligaments against Dortmund in December 2012.

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