Cologne - Off the Ball,'s quirky periodical, offers a selection of the offbeat stories to have emerged from German football in the past few days.

In this first edition of 2015, we look at how the cold has arrived in Germany, rendering ice hockey a more suitable sport, and hear about some of and ' firsts...

Kramer scored a pretty special own goal in the first half of the season, but that is nothing compared to the first ever goal he scored in professional football when he was with VfL Bochum, or so the Foals midfielder claims. "I had seven players on me, or maybe it was 12. Anyway, I got past them and put the ball in the net. I'll never score another goal as good as that. It was really special and it was even selected as Goal of the Month," Kramer told

Borussia Dortmund stalwart Hummels has also been talking to about some of his football firsts. The 26-year-old has forged a reputation as one of the best centre-backs in world football in recent years, but his Bundesliga career didn't exactly get off to the best of starts. "On the final Matchday of the 2006/07 season, I was brought on for Martin Demichelis in the 52nd minute of a game against Mainz," said the former FC Bayern defender. "We conceded the first goal three minutes later, so it wasn’t exactly the perfect start."