From now on, Bundesliga opponents won't just be facing Cologne as they battle to keep themselves in the German top flight; they'll also have the Force to contend with...

In a moment almost as unexpected as Darth Vader revealing himself to be Luke Skywalker's father in Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back, actor Mark Hamill - who plays Luke in the hit franchise - recorded this intergalatic video message for his Rhineland Padawans. And, no, it's not a Jedi mind trick...

Cologne, bottom of the Bundesliga and winless in 14 league matches so far this season, failed to progress through the Europa League group stages after a defeat to Red Star Belgrade on Thursday night. Missing an entire first-team squad of players through injury, they face an uphill battle to overcome an eight-point gap at the bottom of the Bundesliga.

Can the Billy Goats channel their inner Jedi?

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