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, we give Jürgen Klopp some good news, put a consoling arm around Robin Dutt and wish an FC Schalke 04 star a happy birthday...

Borussia Dortmund head coach Jürgen Klopp could certainly do with some good news - and it has come from an unlikely source. Current Brazil head coach, and the man with perhaps the most pressured job in football, Luiz Felipe Scolari, has told the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung that he'd "really enjoy spending some time with Dortmund." He added that he loves "how Jürgen Klopp leads the team, how he inspires them, and encourages them - it fascinates me."

Poor old Robin Dutt. The SV Werder Bremen coach watched on forlornly as his side slumped to a 7-0 defeat to FC Bayern München, coached of course by Pep Guardiola. It is not, however, the first time that a Dutt side has conceded seven to a Guardiola outfit. In the 2011/12 UEFA Champions League last 16 at the Nou Camp, Guardiola's FC Barcelona beat Dutt's Bayer 04 Leverkusen by a 7-1 scoreline. In three games between the pair, the Catalan's sides have scored 17 goals. Dutt's have two. Ouch.