Pikachu named official Japanese mascot for 2014 Soccer World Cup

Pikachu and friends try their hand at cheerleading

Japan's soccer team will be aided by Pickachu and friends in Brazil for the 2014 Soccer World Cup.

When someone talks to you about Pickachu, or Pokémon in general, you don't immediately think of soccer. In fact, your mind would probably never go there, but that is about to change.

Everyone's favourite Pokémon, well at least the one Pokémon everyone - including your grandma - knows, has just been named the mascot for the Japan's soccer team, "Samurai Blue."


The electrifying partnership between Adidas - Japan's soccer uniform designer - and Nintendo and the Pokémon company was revealed last week to Japan's media.

The team won't just have Pokémon on their side though. Adidas has confirmed that ten other Pokémon, including first generation starters Squirtle, Charmander and Bulbasaur, will dress in the team's jersey to cheer on Japan for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.

And when they aren't busy supporting Japan's soccer team you can find Pickachu and friends in their latest adventure in Pokémon X & Y.