Pikachu is Japan's awesome mascot for FIFA World Cup 2014

Pikachu will be joined by ten other Pokemon as part of a promotional campaign with Adidas.

Adidas and The Pokemon Company have announced that Pikachu is the official mascot for the Japanese football team for this summer's 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil.

Pikachu, indubitably the team captain, will be joined on the Pokemon squad by Meowth, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Chespin, Froakie, Fennekin, Pancham, Helioptile, and Litleo.

The promotion features Pikachu and pals dressed up in Japan's official kit for the tournament. The mascot for the tournament itself is a yellow and blue armadillo named Fuleco. It is unknown where Fuleco would fit on the Pokemon type chart, but it's probably a safe bet that Pikachu could beat him in a fight.

Espurr will not be there to terrify the opposition, sadly.

The 2014 World Cup begins on June 12. Japan’s opponents in the group stages include Greece and Columbia.

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vadagar1
vadagar1

now if they can bring a real live one they can "take care" of the other teams and win :D

Rakou
Rakou

So nerdy, but I like it!

tightwad34
tightwad34

I never understood why mascots are necessary. I guess it helps to symbolize something. Just kind of a weird concept to me. I also wonder where the whole idea originated from.

tristaneus
tristaneus

Gamespot, please, it's not Columbia, it's "Colombia". Please don't spread ignorance with this.

_shme
_shme

Mr or Mrs Editor please Correct this ..---->>> it is COLOMBIA!! not col"U"mbia .... that s a State and Colombia is the country. Thanks

Moonco
Moonco

Pikachu looks sooo adorable! I want that costume

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

Japan have a pretty easy group except from Greece so they may get quite far into the competition.

Cellpwn
Cellpwn

(Pokeball/soccer ball pun)

terrariafan247
terrariafan247

Can't wait until world cup! Japan have a bad kit though. Not as bad as Liverpool's away kit this season but still pretty ugly.

sephsplace
sephsplace

Soccer and football are both legitimate names for the sport, why are so many people being dicks.

cvantu
cvantu

there would be a very serious rape issue in Japan if women were Pikachus. Just saying.

dohp85
dohp85

"Japan’s opponents include Ivory Coast, Greece, and Columbia." Columbia isn't a country. It's Colombia...

GiantAssPanda
GiantAssPanda

Bulbasaur > Pikachu


Nah. Just kidding. Pikachu rules :P

Hurvl
Hurvl

Lol, nice choice! Now we'll see if any of the teams competing will do like Pokemon and evolve to a more effective and terrifying opponent as time goes by or if the clear favorites will win.

Artwark
Artwark

Wonder if FIFA will help boost Wii U and 3DS sales.......


Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

Fans of Inazuma Eleven and Captain Tsubasa would f*cking weep upon seeing this. XD

mattcake
mattcake

Someone spent a good half-second thinking about that then.

Metaw
Metaw

Good choice.

dipdish
dipdish

Yay for Pikachu and the world cup! 

faizanhd
faizanhd

WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU PEOPLE STOP CALLING IT SOCCER.

It's called football.

mr_nee
mr_nee

What's for 2015? Teletubies or Barney?

deadpen
deadpen

@_shme  Now we all know that GS never makes a mistake LOL. 

klebers
klebers

@sephsplace  because 'muricans can't see that what they are playing was supposed to be named handegg

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

America is a big continent, you have plenty of teams xD

itmustbepaul
itmustbepaul

@Artwark  Only if Nintendo puts out a Pokemon Soccer with pick-up teams you can craft from over 100 Pokemon with unique abilities.
Yes, that sounds like a good idea, and yes, I sounded like a pitchman.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@faizanhd  its funny cause we english created the sport, dubbed it football (making perfect sense) then americans named it soccer (making little to no sense) and dubbed a game that most of the time dosnt require kicking a ball "foot ball".  

saintkido
saintkido

@mr_nee  wow

such inteligence

much smart

xcollector
xcollector

@sephirothsfan02  @nigelholden@sephirothsfan02

Americans don't understand that America is a continent. They are technically the United States but because they call them selves the United States of America and then shorten it to American they think America is the United States. 

They also like to call South America Latin America because in their language South America means Southern United States of America. 

sephirothsfan02
sephirothsfan02

It's just one of those stupid things that the US did, and now we have to deal with it

Gelugon_baat
Gelugon_baat

@neowarrior121

Careful with your trivia there - the English came up with the word "soccer" first as a short-term for "association football".

However, I do agree with your remark on the semantics of the American's name for their version of rugby. ;)

P.S. "Rugby" originated in the city which was purportedly the birthplace of rugby, by the way.

tightwad34
tightwad34

@klebers Handegg, never heard that before and it does make some sense. But I grew up with the term football so that's what I will always go by even if one of the objectives of the game is to not kick the ball.

Gbullet
Gbullet

@eati999 @klebers@saintkido@terrariafan247  

 The British invented Football, full name Association football. The term football is the formal name while soccer is its nickname that was created by the English in order to distinguish it from rugby football. Soccer became a shortened reference to the word association football.

eati999
eati999

@klebers The game is actually called Association Football... Both football and soccer are shortened versions, both terms created in England, where the game originated. USA has nothing to do with it whatsoever.

klebers
klebers

@saintkido @terrariafan247 @Cellpwn  football. only people from USA know this as soccer. the whole world say football. Your "american football" should be called Handegg

tightwad34
tightwad34

@xcollector I can see why you think we call South America Latin America. But it actually also refers to Central America as well as South America. So it involves a whole lot of different countries. That makes me wonder if Spanish is spoken in the most countries in the world as a first language. If you really think about it there are a shit ton of them large and small.

neowarrior121
neowarrior121

@Gelugon_baat @neowarrior121  the first official rugby game was between scotland and england (or the names at that time) , football was its given name due to the ball they used and which they still use today.