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 about a possible two-year sabbatical, Nürnberg's coach's hopes against Bayern and the story of a terrible theft.

has been a sensation for 1. FSV Mainz 05 this season, but will be in a bit of a pickle if the FIFA World Cup 2014 does not go well for the South Korean team. The defender might be summoned home for military service after his current contract ends (summer 2015). Only if South Korea do well, can the players be exempt from the two-year duties. His team-mate and fellow compatriot , for example, avoided the call as he won the bronze medal at the London 2012 Olympics.

One of the more interesting games of Matchday 20 will be when 15th placed 1. FC Nürnberg host FC Bayern München on Saturday. With Nürnberg on the up and Bayern... being Bayern, it will be duel of two teams who have won both of their games in the second half of the season. FCN coach Gertjan Verbeek knows it will be a very tough match, but does not want to regard Bayern unbeatable. "Even the Bayern players have to go to the toilet, and the same comes out as with us," he quipped. After all, we are all human.

As if the players of 17th-placed Hamburger SV didn't have other things on their mind, defender and striker 's bags were stolen at a hotel. After leaving their bags in the reception, the two went to grab a bite to eat, but when they returned, their bags had disappeared. Djourou said he had a "wallet and other valuables" in the bag, including a 100,000-euro watch.