Munich - The winter transfer market is perhaps even more volatile than its summer counterpart, with a narrower window of opportunity and often an added edge of urgency to proceedings.
Pick of the bunch
Integrating new faces into a team at this stage of the campaign brings complications of its own, but injuries, lack of form and mere opportunity invariably keep the deals ticking over during the winter break.
By no means all of them work out, of course, but on the other hand every now and then a club hits the jackpot - sometimes when it is perhaps least expected. bundesliga.com takes a look at some prime examples from recent years...