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.

Today, we see which Spanish star has paid FC Schalke 04 a visit in their winter training camp, reveal where Franck Ribery will be leaving Doha for on Monday, and see what moving into a ten-day training camp on the other side of the world entails.

There are only days to go before Franck Ribery discovers whether he is officially the best player on the planet. The FIFA Ballon d'Or will be awarded at a ceremony on Zurich in Monday night, and the Frenchman, who will fly to Switzerland from quintuple-winners FC Bayern München's training camp in Doha, is optimistic it will be a worthwhile trip. "I think I've got a big chance," said the 30-year-old UEFA Best Player in Europe. "Let's see. All I can do is wait."

Ribery is up against back-to-back winner Lionel Messi of FC Barcelona and Real Madrid CF's Cristiano Ronaldo on the final shortlist, but Bayern's unrivalled year of success stands him in good stead. "The team and I did a great job in 2013," felt the Frenchman.