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 Patrick Owomoyela's hopes of appearing in the Bundesliga one more time, find Jürgen Klopp in a jocular mood and say Happy Birthday to Patrick Herrmann.

Patrick Owomoyela is set to give his career a kick-start with his hometown club Hamburger SV. Although the veteran of 156 Bundesliga appearances is not expected to be seen imminently in the top flight, he is on the verge of appearing for HSV's reserve team. "I'm eligible for the first team, but I didn't sign up for that. My team is the reserves, although I've got to say I wouldn't have anything against being able to play in the Bundesliga just one more time," he told

Dortmund coach Jürgen Klopp was on song after his side's over Eintracht Frankfurt, keeping people entertained at the post-match press conference with jokes about match-winner . "If he were as crazy as the clothes he wears, then that wouldn't be very comfortable," said the 46-year-old. "When he did his hair before the game, I thought: 'Why?', but hey, it's all good. We give our players some liberties."

It's birthday time once again with this time the one celebrating. The Borussia Mönchengladbach star turned 23 today, and to think he has already played 116 Bundesliga matches, appeared twice in the UEFA Champions League and scored three times in 14 appearances for Germany's under-21s. Arguably one of Uchtelfangen's finest products, joins his home town and his club in wishing the fleet-footed winger a very Happy Birthday.