Pikachu is Japan’s Official Mascot in Brazil 2014 World Cup
Seen as the underdog in the Brazil 2014 World Cup, Japan has just gotten a powerhouse of a mascot to back them; Pikachu. “Kill ‘em with cuteness.” Along with 10 other Pokémon (shown below) Pikachu will be the official mascots of the “Samurai Blue” (Japan National Football team).
Also, Adidas, the designers for the Japanese National Team is planning to include Pokémon in the designs of the team’s gear but have to come to an agreement with Nintendo before anything can be done.
With Pikachu as their mascot, it’s going to be hard for the other national teams to come up with a mascot as recognizable as any Pokémon.