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 analyse FC Bayern München's love affair with social media, hear of some culinary exploits on show in Nuremberg and hear the advice of a Hamburg fan who's seen it all before...

Nürnberg's Christkindlesmarkt is possibly Germany's most traditional Christmas market and a must-visit for the city's tourists during the pre-festivities. This week, visitors to the stalls were able to witness a rather unusual sight as the 1. FC Nürnberg players fried and sold Bratwürste [sausages] for a bone marrow charity. "It was fun," beamed Japan midfielder (l.), whose frying skills, as well as those of compatriot , went down a real treat.

Don't expect the Almighty to take sides in Hamburger SV's challenge to end their run of poor results against Bayern on Saturday. "I'm hoping we win, but you shouldn't pray for it," Hamburg's archbishop Werner Thissen joked to press agency dpa. Heiko Westermann's (pictured) side have suffered heavy defeats on each of their last three visits to the Allianz Arena, going down 6-0 and 5-0 before last season's 9-2 hammering. Thissen, however, said he was in positive spirits ahead of the Matchday 16 clash. "If Bayern have a bad day and we have a good day, then we may well take them by surprise," the 75-year-old said.