Pikachu Is The Official Mascot For Japan’s World Cup Soccer Team

Pokémon’s most electrifying character looks to spark some energy in the team ahead of their World Cup run in Brazil.

1. Pikachu will represent Japan in the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

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Adidas, along with the Pokémon Company, announced on Friday the popular yellow Pokémon would be the official mascot for Japan’s 2014 World Cup run in Brazil.

The announcement came during the unmasking of Japan’s new World Cup kits. Both the men and women’s team were present at the announcement that featured Pokémon’s most famous character. It was even decked out in Japan’s new kit!

Pikachu will be one of ten Pokemon, including Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, and more, representing Japan this summer in Brazil.

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The 2014 World Cup kicks off June 12th and runs through July 13th. Japan’s opponents include Ivory Coast, Greece, and Columbia.

3. Watch Adidas’ launch video for Japan’s new World Cup kits.

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Austin Hunt is a social news reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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