Munich - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com's weekday feature, casts an eye over some of the offbeat and occasionally controversial tales to have emerged from Germany's top flight sides.
Today, we unearth Borussia Dortmund's next big thing, take stock of FC Bayern München's deserted Säbener Straße headquarters and find out what SC Freiburg head coach Christian Streich has to say about Thomas Hitzlsperger’s decision to come out as gay...
After thrashing Kuwait SC 8-0 in a friendly on Monday,
are back in the Bavarian capital ready for part II of their mid-season preparations for the Bundesliga restart against Borussia Mönchengladbach on 24 January. The league leaders will have some welcome time off today, before getting back on the horse on Thursday morning. Check out the calm before the title-hungry storm below, courtesy of the club's Twitter feed. The tweet reads, "It's quiet at Säbener Straße! Part 2 of our preparation begins tomorrow."