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.

Today, FC Bayern München’s Thomas Müller talks about joining 1860 Munich, Klaas-Jan Huntelaar picks up a medal and we find out about an FC Ingolstadt 04 player lending a hand to man’s best friend.

Having established himself as one of the most dependable members of FC Bayern’s star-studded line-up, it’s impossible to imagine Thomas Müller playing for any other side. However, appearing as a guest at the Audi Star Talk, Müller admitted that Bayern’s arch rivals had registered an interest in his services when he was just ten years of age. “The Blues [1860 Munich] called me up,” claimed Müller. Unfortunately for the Lions they were too late. “It was six-months after I had joined Bayern. All I said was ‘sorry I’ve already signed with Bayern’”.

2013 was from from kind to FC Schalke 04 striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, but the Dutchman has made up for lost time since celebrating his comeback in the 3-0 win over Hamburger SV on Matchday 18, going on to score eight goals in ten competitive appearances. However, one strike stood out amongst the rest, a rip-roaring volley from outside the area that cannoned in off the underside of the bar. Though it did little to affect the result against Real Madrid CF, it did see the 30-year-old earn the ‘Goal of the Month’ award as voted for by the Royal Blues’ fans.

Good will goes a long way and for Ingolstadt’s Ralph Gunesch, his charitable actions have allowed him to help out his local animal shelter. “I visited an open day and immediately fell for the dogs,” explained the former FC St. Pauli icon, who goes running with his four-legged friends as well as trying to find those worst affected by physical disabilities “new families”. His work has also inspired others to lend support. “During a recent away game, a St. Pauli fan collected donations to help out. The shelter received €190. That’s a true demonstration of class.”

Check out Klaas-Jan Huntelaar’s ‘Player of the Week’ performance in FC Schalke 04’s 2-1 win over Augsburg on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel.