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.

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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.

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

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That's quite typical of you to make ignorant remarks about Brazil, guardianofhonor.

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So nerdy, but I like it!

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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.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> Ignorance is bliss, though I wouldn't know....

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

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Pikachu looks sooo adorable! I want that costume

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Lol great choice


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

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(Pokeball/soccer ball pun)

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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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.

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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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

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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.

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> because 'muricans can't see that what they are playing was supposed to be named handegg

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

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

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<< LINK REMOVED >> According to Bioshock Infinite it is. ;)

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Bulbasaur > Pikachu


Nah. Just kidding. Pikachu rules :P

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simply the best iconic choice.

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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.

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Nice!

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

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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.

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@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.

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


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<< LINK REMOVED >> 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.

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

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

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Good choice.

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Yay for Pikachu and the world cup!

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