Don’t Fall For This Pokémon World Cup Hoax

Don’t Fall For This Pokémon World Cup Hoax

Yesterday, a tweet from what appeared to be a FIFA World Cup Twitter account said the Japanese soccer team arrived in Brazil in a Pokémon jet. And people fell for it. Lots of people.

The tweet was retweeted over 7000 times. USA Today, The Sporting News, SB Nation, and even The Toronto Sun believed the hoax and mistakenly reported that Samurai Blue arrived in Brazil in a Pokémon jet.

Yes, as Kotaku previously reported, Pikachu is the Japanese World Cup mascot. And, yes, there are Pocket Monster planes.

However, a quick internet search shows that the team arrived in Brazil in a very normal aircraft.

Picture: Mainichi

Picture: So-net

Picture: World Samurai

So normal! Doesn’t anyone bother to check these things?

And here is them getting on the plane, leaving the US where they practised prior to the World Cup.

Pictures: JFATV

Ah, the Samurai Blue was coming to Brazil from a practice in the United States, so maybe you think, well, perhaps they left Japan in a Pokémon plane.

Um, no. They flew out on JAL, and the Pokémon planes are operated by ANA, a rival carrier.

Picture: Samurai Matome

Here is the plane they left on.

Picture: Samurai Matome

If you still don’t believe me, just look at the Twitter account that started this whole mess: “The unofficial FIFA football World Cup tweets. All the latest FIFA news and information on the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.” Unofficial!

This isn’t the only Twitter account circulating this hoax. Don’t fall for it.

Japan’s plane for the World Cup. How awesome is that? [FIFAWorldCupTM]


  • Not to mention that any aircraft enthusiast can tell you that shot is a couple of years old, and taken at Haneda airport in Tokyo, the ANA aircraft and ocean in background is a bit of a giveaway.

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