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 the 1. FC Nürnberg club motto, find out how FC Schalke 04 keeper Ralf Fährmann's been keeping fit, and FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng returns to his roots.

It was a short trip for Nürnberg on Matchday 21, as they travelled south to their Bavarian rivals FC Augsburg. En route to the SGL-Arena, they found a pleasant surprise from their fans hanging from a bridge. The message read 'I don't regret this love' - in reference to their club motto - which was a wonderful sight for the players in the coach and a "great motivation on the way to Augsburg". Nürnberg beat Markus Weinzierl's side 1-0, so it obviously did the trick.

Schalke 04 goalkeeper has told German newpaper BILD that he has gained six kilograms in muscle-mass in the last year. The 25-year-old joked that there were two benefits to this: First of all, it makes him wider - always handy for a goalkeeper - and secondly, it also looks better when relaxing "at the outdoor swimming pools". If Schalke's 2-1 win against direct rivals Leverkusen is anything to go by, the hours spent in the gym have certainly paid off.

Hertha Berlin didn't have the best of times at home to VfL Wolfsburg losing 2-1 in a close game at the Olympiastadion. Watching the capital club do battle was ex-Hertha and current FC Bayern München defender Jerome Boateng. The 25-year-old, who started his professional career in Berlin, worked his way up through the Berliner's youth teams to become the fully-fledged German international he is today. Boateng took to Twitter afterwards to pay his respects to Hertha.