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

Today, wonders if Franck Ribery can inspire France to qualify for the World Cup next year, takes a trip underground with the German national team and catches up with the Boateng brothers on Twitter.

He's 's star winger, one of the favourites to win the Ballon d'Or and has 16 international goals to his name, but Franck Ribery might not be joining football's greatest show in Brazil next summer. After finishing second to Spain in their group, France were forced to go through the play-offs for a place at the FIFA World Cup, where Ribery and Co. lost the first leg against Ukraine 2-0 in Kiev on Friday. Bayern's Gallic genius will have to summon all of his extraordinary talent to inspire Les Bleus to victory in Paris against a Ukraine side which hasn't conceded in its last eight games. However, if anyone can, Ribery can.

The German national team are in London to celebrate 150 years of the English FA's existence. Never in those 150 years, nor in the DFB's 113 years, has a side arrived to training at Wembley by way of the capital's underground system. That, however, is exactly what the German squad did. The FA also had a redrawn map of the tube produced for its anniversary, with each stop representing a different player to have left a mark on London, and England's footballing history. Let's hope on their journey Joachim Löw's (pictured) men were keeping their eyes peeled for stations hailing Franz Beckenbauer, Didi Hamann and Jürgen Klinsmann...