Cologne - Off The Ball,'s quirky periodical, is on hand to bring you up to speed with the latest colourful off-pitch stories from around Germany.

In this this week's edition, we look at a group of FC Bayern München fans who wouldn't take no for an answer, hear how Tayfun Korkut is using the stick method to motivate his players and catch up with a man who might soon be exchanging his Brazilian passport for a German one...

FC Bayern München's victory at PFC CSKA Moskva was played behind closed doors at the Arena Khimki, but that didn't stop some 70 Bayern fans following the match live from Moscow on Tuesday - not in the stadium, but from a nearby skyscraper, proving that German fans really are unique. “It’s a tremendous gesture,” said Mario Götze. FC Bayern have already agreed to reimburse the traveling party for the costs involved in renting the building's floor as a gesture of thanks.

Hannover 96, visitors to Bayern München this weekend, have enjoyed an encouraging start to the season with ten points from six games, but Tayfun Korkut feels the players haven’t earned their visit to Munich’s world famous Oktoberfest this weekend quite yet - even if they land a surprise victory at the Bundesliga leaders. “You can celebrate when you’ve actually achieved something,” the Turkish tactician said, adding: “A win on Saturday wouldn’t be enough.”

It’s been nine years since arrived in Germany, joining SV Werder Bremen from EC Juventude, but the four-time Brazil international has felt at home here since day one. Now at VfL Wolfsburg, Naldo is currently applying for citizenship in his adopted home, where he wants to stay also after his football career. “I’ll have my naturalisation test next month,” he told Bild newspaper. “I intend to play few more years, but I want to live and work in Germany after my career.”