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.

Today we congratulate Borussia Dortmund for their achievements on two fronts, before taking a look at the reactions of some of the DFB's potential debutants.

As only the third Bundesliga club to do so, Borussia Dortmund recently reached the 100,000 club members milestone. Only FC Bayern München (223,985) and FC Schalke 04 (124,000) have surpassed the historic mark and BVB will be playing to the occasion by honouring their 100,000th member at their home game against 1. FC Nürberg on Saturday, where the lucky member will be welcomed by league president Dr. Reinhard Rauball among others.

On Friday, Borussia Dortmund announced their financial figures for the first half of the 2013/2014 campaign. From July 1st to December 31st 2013, die Schwarz-Gelben's turnover increased by €10.7 million (8.5 per cent) from the same period last season (€136.6 million). "Our goal has been to remain competitive and we've invested in the growth of the organisation," said Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke. "These figures show that we are a high-yielding and constantly growing organisation and our ambitions are to succeed in football as well as a business."

With international friendlies on the horizon, German national coach Joachim Löw selected four debutants for the upcoming friendly against Chile. "I was perplexed when I heard, I was shaking and couldn't believe it," exclaimed FC Augsburg's Andre Hahn. His reaction is understandable seeing as he was still playing in Germany's third division in 2012. "I'm so happy to be a part of the team," said HSV's Pierre-Michel Lasogga, who alongside SC Freiburg's Matthias Ginter and Shkodran Mustafi of UC Sampdoria, could be in line for his first taste of international action.

Sebastian Mühlhaus