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 find out what Franck Ribery had to say following his FIFA Ballon d'Or disappointment, discover who will play in goal for SV Werder Bremen on Matchday 18, and wish a sporting great a speedy recovery.

may have been putting on a brave face since losing out to Real Madrid CF's Cristiano Ronaldo in the 2013 FIFA Ballon d'Or awards, but the FC Bayern München winger still hasn't quite got over the disappointment. "I won everything, with my team and individually," the 2013 UEFA Best Player in Europe told the Abendzeitung. "Don't get me wrong, I am proud to have been a part of the award ceremony, but I feel I deserved to win this title. I just have to keep my chin up."

Werder Bremen keeper will remain the Grün-Weißen's number one stopper going into 2014. Wolf was in goal for Bremen's final four games of the Hinrunde, and coach Robin Dutt has now decided to keep faith with the 25-year-old, rather than re-instate . "Raphael did very well in the last four matches before the winter break, and he managed to maintain that level of performance during our preparations [for the second half of the campaign]. That's why we decided to keep faith in him."

With former Formula 1 legend Michael Schumacher still in a medically-induced coma following a skiing accident on 29 December, tributes continue to pour in from all corners of the sporting world. Ahead of their friendly at the Rheinenergie-Stadion on Saturday, players from Bundesliga 2 leaders 1. FC Köln and FC Schalke 04 held up a banner, wishing the 45-year-old a speedy recovery, which read: "Get well soon. You can do it, Michael!" Everyone at would also like to wish 'Schumi' a gute Besserung.