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

Today, rounds up Anthony Ujah's birthday treat for Hennes the goat, wonders about the formation of an FC Bayern München six-a-side team, and overhears a legend of the game sing German football's praises...

Anthony Ujah followed up a recent apology to 1. FC Köln's mascot, Hennes the goat, for being too exuberant with his celebration against Eintracht Frankfurt in amusing fashion. The Nigerian international attended the eighth birthday party of his 'good friend' at the city zoo, posing for photos with the Bundesliga's most famous goat, before producing a large bunch of carrots as a special treat. "I hope to celebrate many more goals with him," Ujah added. "I will definitely be more careful in future."

Prior to the midweek UEFA Champions League clash with FC Shakhtar Donetsk, several Bayern stars took advantage of a free Monday evening to go and watch legendary R&B musician Usher at the city's Olympiahalle. Indeed, so pleased was the 36-year-old by Franck Ribery, David Alaba (both r.), Mario Götze, Jerome Boateng and Mitchell Weiser attending his concert, that he subsequently suggested forming a six-a-side team. We presume you'll be in between the sticks, Usher? have brought to light some comments made by Pele (l.) in a recent interview with Perform. The Brazilian legend, who won three FIFA World Cups, explained that for the Samba stars to overcome last July's by die Nationalmannschaft and win this summer's Copa America in Chile, they should use the Bundesliga-inspired current world champions as a model. "We need to prepare a nice team like Germany did for the World Cup," explained the 74-year-old.