Giovane Elber (pictured) played for FC Bayern München for seven seasons and was a huge part in the Bavarians' UEFA Champions League success in 2001
Giovane Elber (pictured) played for FC Bayern München for seven seasons and was a huge part in the Bavarians' UEFA Champions League success in 2001
Bundesliga

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 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's players deserved a relaxing weekend after Pep Guardiola's charges became the first team to leave Borussia Park with all three points this season. He may not be as used to sub-zero temperatures as some of his team-mates, but

Javi Martinez

seemed to enjoy his trip to the FIS Ski World Cup in Kitzbühel, Austria.

Happy birthday

Rani Khedira

! The VfB Stuttgart midfielder, who is the younger brother of Real Madrid CF star and Germany international Sami, turned 20 on Monday. The youth international has only made two appearances for Thomas Schneider's team so far this season, but Sami certainly has time on his side.