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 get an insight into Ilkay Gündogan's frame of mind , learn some Bavarian courtesy of FC Bayern München's helpful homepage and share some of Saint Valentine's Day love from the clubs in the Bundesliga.

In an interview with German newpaper BILD, Ilkay Gündogan revealed that he is going through the '"toughest time" in his career. After being injured for so long, the 23-year-old has to delay his comeback further due to an inflammation of nerves in his back. Gündogan, who will be out until at least April, stressed that he wants to get back to first-team duties as soon as possible and that his current problems should not effect his aspirations for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil.

FC Bayern München have fans everywhere, and they know it. Their website is in German, English, Japanese, Spanish, Chinese, Russian, Arabic and ... Bavarian. Bavaria is Germany's biggest state and has a very strong dialect, some would even say it is a different language. To pay homage to their roots, they created a small homepage in Bavarian, also with some useful Bavarian phrases relating to the side, helping Germans also learn some Bavarian. also wishes one and all a very happy Saint Valentine's Day, a day for the loved ones, not only for people, but also for football. Whether or not Saint Valentine had football in mind early in the first century will be hard to find out. has selected three Saint Valentine's Day tweets from the Bundesliga clubs to share with fans.