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 hear from a former FC Bayern München star, discover what one of Bayern's current players likes to do in his free time and wish a young VfB Stuttgart player a very happy birthday.

Bayern don't need a classic centre forward. That's the view of former FC Bayern München centre forward Giovane Elber, who spoke to Bild following the Bavarians' 2-0 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach. "It's hard for strikers under Guardiola, as it's all about possession," said the Brazilian, who scored 92 goals in 169 appearances for Bayern between 1997 and 2003. "Without a centre forward, the midfielders have more room, which is good for Thomas Müller and Mario Götze." It is indeed, Giovane!