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.

With a particular focus on FC Bayern München, bundesliga.com finds out about the club's charitable work in Ukraine, overhears some high praise for Pep Guardiola and has a giggle at one of Thomas Müller's better jokes...

Prior to FC Bayern München's UEFA Champions League clash with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, club president and executive board chairman (l.) visited the Municipal City Clinical Hospital No. 8 in Lviv, Ukraine. While handing out gifts, the club pledged to take on hospital and medical bills for more than 50 children. "The natural thing for us to do is to help out, so that these children can lead a normal life," explained Rummenigge.

Zinedine Zidane, FIFA World Cup winner with France in 1998, was full of praise for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola (r.) in an interview with Die Welt am Sonntag. "Bayern have always been good, but now the club is a real world leader," he explained. "That is down to Guardiola who has given the team an extra kick. He's bringing his own touch and it's making the difference. He's doing a fantastic job." Zidane also praised Manuel Neuer as "a fantastic player who has taken the goalkeeping position to another level".

One particular video of Bayern's Thomas Müller (l.) has been causing hilarity on social media over the past few days. The versatile attacker was caught on camera (below) seemingly mimicking Cristiano Ronaldo's stepover routines, much to the amusement of his team-mates. After scoring twice and picking up two further assists in an 8-0 demolition of Hamburger SV on Matchday 21, Müller certainly has reason to be cheerful.