Munich - Off the Ball, our weekday feature, casts an eye over the weird, wonderful and sometimes controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight.

Today, we hear what FC Bayern München goalkeeper Manuel Neuer has to say about a new refereeing tool, speculate whether 1. FSV Mainz 05 striker Maxim Choupo-Moting will make it home in time for Christmas, and wish a very Happy Birthday to one of the Bundesliga's most beloved clubs.

Bayern may be on course to get their hands on their , but not everything has been to the Bavarians' liking in Morocco. Referees at the tournament have been using a special vanishing spray in order to mark out the distance between a defensive wall and a free-kick. To many, this may seem like a good idea. Bayern custodian , however, sees things differently: "It makes the game a little slow. We often like to take quick free-kicks, so the spray isn't exactly helpful." There's just no pleasing some people, is there?

Most Bundesliga players will be spending Christmas with their families, and Mainz's is no different. The Cameroon international, whose Mainz team travel to Hamburger SV on the final day of the Hinrunde, may have to wait a little longer than most to return home, however: "I'll spend Christmas with my family in Hamburg, but after the game I'll have to return to return to Mainz with the rest of the squad." An away win at the Imtech Arena would no doubt make the 1,100 kilometre-round trip a little easier... Borussia Dortmund. Die Schwarz-Gelben are 104 years old today and to mark the occasion, the official club website are offering fans a commemorative t-shirt of the Borsigplatz - the square in which Dortmund the club was founded - which will no doubt prove popular amongst the majority of the 1,974,304 fans who have visited the Signal Iduna Park this year. Everybody at wishes BVB alles Gute zum Geburtstag!

Check out the most light-hearted moments from Matchday 16 of the Bundesliga, courtesy of our official YouTube channel: