Cologne - Off the Ball, bundesliga.com's quirky periodical, offers a selection of the offbeat stories to have emerged in Germany’s top flight in the past few days.

In this edition, Borussia Dortmund visit a local hospital, Ibrahima Traore lends a hand in the fight against the Ebola virus and Christoph Kramer works on his shooting... with interesting results!

Despite their on-field struggles, Borussia Dortmund still managed to bring a few smiles to the faces of some of their younger fans this week. On Wednesday, Jürgen Klopp and Co. made their yearly visit to Dortmund Children's Hospital and delighted the young patients by handing out early Christmas presents, including a check worth €15,000. "Every one of us wanted to come and see the kids," said midfielder Sebastian Kehl. "There are more important things in life than football."

BVB aren't the only ones who've been showing plenty of Yuletide spirit in the run-up to Christmas. Borussia Mönchengladbach winger Ibrahima Traore, who recently helped Guinea qualify for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations, has donated every last penny of his $30,000 bonus (approx. €25,000) to a Guinean organisation that provides care to Ebola patients in the west African nation. "I wanted to set an example, as we have many people in Guinea who are fighting the virus," the 26-year-old told bild.de.

And finally... Gladbach midfielder Christoph Kramer spent the majority of the recent international break working on his fitness after picking up a back injury ahead of Germany's recent UEFA EURO 2016 qualifier against Gibraltar. However, the Bayer 04 Leverkusen loanee has clearly been brushing up on his shooting too, as physio Andreas Bluhm discovered to his cost in a recent training session. Click on the video below to find out what happened.