Pikachu becomes official World Cup mascot for Japan


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  • Tuesday, 18 Mar 2014

PIKA!: Pokémon and Adidas team up for Japan at the FIFA World Cup 2014. — ©Adidas/Nintendo

Cuddly yellow Pokémon mascot Pikachu has been adopted by the Japanese soccer team as its own good luck charm, with the electrifying furball accompanying the team to Brazil this June. 

Pikachu will be joined by a cohort of ten other Pokémon creatures, thanks to a link-up with sports kit manufacturer Adidas. 

Six are classed as starter Pokémon in the latest Pokémon X and Pokémon Y games: Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie and classic characters Bulbasaur, Charmander, and Squirtle. 

Lining up alongside them in the promotional cross-over will be Meowth, Pancham, Helioptile and Litleo. — ©AFP/Relaxnews 2014 

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