Luiz Gustavo was the Bundesliga star chosen to model Brazil's World Cup kit at Rio de Janeiro on Sunday - he had to travel from Bavarian city Nürnberg to the Copacabana overnight...
Luiz Gustavo was the Bundesliga star chosen to model Brazil's World Cup kit at Rio de Janeiro on Sunday - he had to travel from Bavarian city Nürnberg to the Copacabana overnight...
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Off the Ball

Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com’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, bundesliga.com tots up Luiz Gustavo's considerable air miles, uncovers which tournament is looking to follow the Bundesliga's example (hint: it's taking place in Brazil next summer), and witnesses Jürgen Klopp at his charismatic finest.

After VfL Wolfsburg's

1-1 draw

with 1. FC Nürnberg,

Luiz Gustavo

had to get home quickly. Not to Wolfsburg however, but back to his homeland of Brazil. He is due back in Wolfsburg on Tuesday - by then, he'll have travelled some 20,000 kilometres. Why? Well, the Brazil international had to head to Rio de Janeiro in order to present Brazil's new shirt (spoiler alert: it's blue and yellow) - the one they hope they'll be wearing to lift the World Cup. Gustavo might just be tempted to stay in his homeland: It's 22 degrees celsius in Rio today, but it's expected to be -1 in Wolfsburg tomorrow. Gustavo subsequently tweeted (in his native Portuguese) - asking fans for their thoughts on the new kit: