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 in recent days.

Today, we check up on the fitness of Adam Szalai, find out which Hamburger SV striker has become an internet sensation and celebrate the birthday of a former Germany legend.

Most footballers will have to undergo surgery at some point in their careers, but few are likely to have operations on their ear. During Matchday 11's 2-0 victory over Hertha Berlin, FC Schalke 04's Adam Szalai suffered a blow to the side of his head and had to have a minor operation to repair the damage to his ear. Fear not, Schalke fans: Szalai reckons he'll be fully fit for their UEFA Champions League encounter with Chelsea FC. "I don't see any problem. The wound on the ear isn't bothering me," announced the 25-year-old.

has been in fine form so far this season. In fact, German NDR radio hosts Tim Tonder and Dennis Kaupp have been so impressed by the HSV striker's goalscoring exploits, that they've written a song about him. Well, almost... The "La Sogga" song, to the tune of "La Bamba" by Ritchie Valens, had received over 1,100 likes on Facebook by Tuesday after the 21-year-old posted a link to the tune on his own account. If Lasogga keeps on scoring, Tonder and Kaupp may have to release an album...

Staying with Hamburg, today is the 77th birthday of HSV and Germany legend Uwe Seeler. The former striker made 476 appearances for the Traditionsverein between 1953 and 1972, scoring 404 goals. Seeler also netted 44 times in 72 outings for West Germany and is the only player, alongside Pele, to have scored at four FIFA World Cup tournaments. With Hamburg just four points off the relegation play-off place in the Bundesliga, Bert van Marwijk's side could certainly use a player like him right now!

Matthew Howarth

Could this guy make as many international appearances as Seeler did during his career? He certainly has time on his side. Enjoy this interview with Schalke's golden boy Julian Draxler, exclusive to the Bundesliga's official YouTube channel: