A familiar sight in November: 1899 Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland (r.) and Sven Schipplock (l.) left disappointed after another defeat
A familiar sight in November: 1899 Hoffenheim's Kevin Volland (r.) and Sven Schipplock (l.) left disappointed after another defeat
Bundesliga

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.

Today's instalment looks at why 1899 Hoffenheim are counting the days until December, reveals the reasons for FC Bayern München CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge's eagerness for victory in Moscow and checks in with a certain talisman in Hamburg...

The mood in the Hamburger SV camp may already have been one of cautious optimism after their

come-from-behind victory

over Hannover 96 moved them away from the claws of the relegation zone, but the atmosphere was given a further boost on Monday with the sight of

Rafael van der Vaart

back in training - or in the gym at least. "He's running again - three more days until Wolfsburg," said the club in a rather mysterious tweet. An early comeback on the cards?

There are plenty more quirky Bundesliga delights on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel. Take a look for yourself!