Christian Fuchs' (l.) FC Schalke had a special guest at their training camp in Doha on Monday
Christian Fuchs' (l.) FC Schalke had a special guest at their training camp in Doha on Monday
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Off the Ball

Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com'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 was a very familiar face at Schalke 04's training session in Doha on Monday. Raul, a club and European footballing legend, paid his former club a visit during their training camp in Middle East. The Spaniard, 36, currently plies his trade with Al-Sadd Sport Club, based in the Qatari city.

74 crates, tonnes of clothing and equipment, and of course 27 players - that is the sum of what VfB Stuttgart had to take with them

to South Africa

for their mid-season training camp. It took them two hours to load the plane in Munich, the same time for ground staff in Dubai to transfer it over to another jet, and by the looks of things, they are still in the process of unloading everything in their Cape Town hotel...