Adidas and Nintendo have confirmed that Pikachu is Team Japan's official mascot for the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil. As mascot captain, Pikachu will lead Meowth, Bulbasaur, Charmander, Squirtle, Chespin, Fennekin, Froakie, Pancham, Helioptile and Litleo—who together form pretty much the worst Pokémon soccer team ever. So, to make sure they bring home the cup, here are 11 alternative Pokémon that should represent Japan at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

1) Forward—Hitmonlee

The natural choice: who would be a better kicker?

2) Forward—Blaziken

He can jump 30 stories and is the only Pokemon who wears pants—you can’t not play him.

3) Midfielder—Audino

Kinda just there to heal injuries…

4) Midfielder—Celebi

If you start to lose, it can turn back time to the first half.

5) Midfielder—Clefairy

Metronome: a great move for cheerleading.

6) Midfielder—Vigoroth

Seriously, the guy can run nonstop for, like, 3 weeks.

7) Defender—Bastiodon

He has a shield on his face—what’s better defense than that?

8) Defender—Wynaut

Yeah, why not?

9) Defender—Drowzee

His lightning-quick moves are known to make the other side…drowsy.

10) Defender—Wobuffet

He’ll kinda just stand there asking you to pass to him, but he’ll deflect whatever comes his way.


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11) Goalkeeper—Machamp

Seriously, try getting a goal past this guy.

12) Coach—Arceus

If he doesn’t like how you’re playing, he just creates 11 new Pokémon that are better.

So what other Pokémon do you think would be great for soccer? And who’s your favorite to take home the cup this year? Sound off in the comments below! And for all your entertainment needs, be sure to follow DramaFever and myself on Twitter!