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