Bayer 04 Leverkusen's celebrations after last 16 qualification were jubilant - but topped by the antics of their Sporting Director Rudi Völler
Bayer 04 Leverkusen's celebrations after last 16 qualification were jubilant - but topped by the antics of their Sporting Director Rudi Völler
Bundesliga

Off the Ball

Munich - Off the Ball, our 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 goes from cigars to pizzas, via a detour with Lady Luck...

From one Italian delicacy, red wine, to another: pizza. As a Christmas treat, in-form Bundesliga 2 outfit FC Ingolstadt 04 have invited their fans to come and share some lunch with their stars in a local pizza parlour. Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl (pictured) certainly deserves some having presided over

three wins

in the last four games. As the following invitation shows, the Bundesliga's fan-player interaction is alive and kicking...

Borussia Dortmund are in the south of France tonight knowing that a

a win over Olympique de Marseille

will take them through to the Champions League last 16 at the expense of SSC Napoli. How fickle fate is: on Matchday 6 two years ago Marseille travelled to Dortmund knowing that a win would take them through at the expense of Olympiacos FC. An 87th-minute winner ensured the French side qualified in second, a place behind Arsenal FC. Interestingly, Arsenal top Group F tonight going into tonight's game. How Dortmund would enjoy revenge...

Daniel Thacker