Munich - Off the Ball,'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...

Could BVB have a new star in their ranks in Edisson Jordanov? After making his first-team debut against Royal Standard de Liege at the weekend, the 20-year-old Bulgarian yesterday went one better, helping himself to his side’s second in a 2-1 friendly win over Bundesliga 2 outfit VfL Bochum. “It can only get better, but of course it was great to score,” he told With Robert Lewandowski on his way to Bayern in the summer, you can hardly fault Jordanov’s timing. Remember the name!

And finally, SC Freiburg head coach Christian Streich has voiced his support for former Germany international midfielder Thomas Hitzlsperger, who last week told the world he is gay. “I think it’s great,” Streich explained. “It’s totally normal […Look at the image of] David Beckham. He has to wear makeup when he’s modelling. 30 years ago that was unthinkable. What matters is that the players perform on the pitch, regardless of their sexuality or how they dress.” Amen to that.