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

On Thursday, we take a look at Borussia Mönchengladbach's considerable goal-scoring prowess, 1899 Hoffenheim's consistent inconsistency and 1. FSV Mainz 05's loyalty towards their head coach.

Borussia Mönchengladbach have found the net on 23 occasions so far this season - more than FC Bayern München. Not that their goal-scoring exploits should come as much of a surprise: The Foals recorded the biggest win in Bundesliga history by beating Borussia Dortmund 12-0 in 1978 and have also romped to similar victories over FC Schalke 04 (11-0 in 1967) and Eintracht Braunschweig (10-0 in 1984). Hamburger SV had better keep things tight at the back when they host Gladbach on Matchday 11...

After winning promotion to the top flight in 2008, 1899 Hoffenheim sent shockwaves throughout German football by topping the the Bundesliga half way through the 2008/09 season. Their hopes of becoming the first promoted team to win the title since 1. FC Kauserslautern in 1998 were soon dashed, however: Hoffenheim won only 20 points in the second half of the season, finishing in seventh position. The way the club are playing at the moment, it's anyone's guess where they'll finish this time around!

In their last seven seasons in Germany's top flight, 1. FSV Mainz 05 have never dismissed their coach. The club were relegated under Jürgen Klopp in 2007, but Klopp only left when he failed to guide Mainz back into the Bundesliga at the first attempt. Thomas Tuchel (pictured) has been at the helm since they secured their Bundesliga return in 2009. Mainz are some way off Gladbach's current record of 24 years without a top-flight managerial casualty, however. Can Tuchel last another 17 seasons at Mainz?

Find out why is fast becoming an extremely popular figure at Mainz, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: