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 take a look at Borussia Mönchengladbach's injury-hit back four, check in with Borussia Dortmund's selfie-purveying stars and find out which FC Schalke 04 favourite has been busy preening himself ahead of the Bundesliga restart...
It’s full steam ahead, meanwhile, at Dortmund, who swatted aside the challenge of Bundesliga 2 outfit MSV Duisburg on Tuesday night. A 6-1 final score gave
the perfect reason, if any were needed, to upload a rather on-trend post-match snap to the club's Twitter account, with the accompanying message reading: “Yesterday we won 6-1. Now it’s about rest and then taking three points on Saturday.” FC Augsburg, you’ve been warned.
And finally, all eyes were on returning Schalke striker
at today’s team training session down the Ruhr district road in Gelsenkirchen. Raring to go after a
, the now clean-shaven Dutchman has done away with his bearded disguise, ready for the Royal Blues' trip to Hamburger SV on Sunday. There we were thinking he was going to pull a razor out of his sock the next time he scored. Oh well!