Munich - Off the Ball,’s latest feature, returns to cast an eye over the weird, wonderful and sometimes controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight in recent days.

Today we plan an office-based future for Franck Ribery, look at the goal machine that is the Bundesliga and why SC Freiburg's Oliver Baumann has done his part to help boost the goals' tally this season.

With on the field, in an FC Bayern shirt, you know one thing is going to happen. No, not a cry of "sacre bleu" (although that is also likely), but that the Bavarians are not going to be beaten, at least not in Ribery's last 39 games. That is one game more than the previous record-holder Holger Hieronymus, who went on to become CEO of the German Football League (DFL). Best get the offices tidy for Monsieur Ribery...

With 32 more goals this weekend - and still only one goalless draw all season - the Bundesliga is confirming its status as a goal machine. It is nothing new to this season either, though. In a total of 15,332 Bundesliga encounter, 47,138 goals have fallen at an average of 3.07 per game. To reach 50,000 goals this campaign, there would have to be an average of 13 per game between now and May. Ridiculous. Or is it?

After making three costly errors in Freiburg's 3-0 defeat to Hamburg, could have been forgiven for hoping a hole would appear in the ground to swallow him up. He took it on the chin, though, saying it's "better to have three in one game than one in three games." His coach Christian Streich has backed him too. "I can guarantee Oli will be in goal against Nürnberg," he said. "Baumann is a fantastic goalkeeper."

If Borussia Mönchengladbach were as good away from home as they have been in front of their own fans this season, they'd be sitting top of the Bundesliga with maximum points. Not that the Foals should be disappointed with their start to the season: they have won all five home matches this campaign - their best start on home turf in 26 years. Their away form has been far less productive, however, with just one point from their five trips in 2013/14. The phrase 'chalk and cheese' comes to mind...

If Baumann can take a leaf out of the books of these goalkeepers, he will soon make amends for a bad day at the office. Check out some fine saves on the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel