FC Bayern München's Arjen Robben celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday...
FC Bayern München's Arjen Robben celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday...
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Off the ball

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 congratulate an FC Bayern München stalwart on his longevity, discover who rules the Revier roost nowadays and hear some choice words from a Bundesliga star in the making.

Hip, hip hooray! FC Bayern München winger

Arjen Robben

celebrated his 30th birthday on Thursday, training with his club in the morning ahead of

Matchday 18's opener

at Borussia Mönchengladbach on Friday evening. The milestone also means he's now into his 31st year of life, but that shouldn't make the Dutch international feel too down-hearted: After all, team-mate

Franck Ribery

was voted European Footballer of the Year at the same stage in his life, so chin and bottoms up Arjen!