Imagine if you’re a Japanese supporter or a Pokemon fan and you see this awesome photo on the internet. How excited would you be?
Japan's plane for the World Cup. How awesome is that? pic.twitter.com/5wNKd7Le5z— FIFA World Cup 2014 (@FIFAWorldCupTM) June 11, 2014
This tweet not only sent scores of internet fans running wild on social media websites, it actually caught the attention of some of the major sports news outlets.
I think Japan arriving in their pokemon plane was better than the whole opening ceremony— Sheila (@sheilalucia) June 12, 2014
i will support japan jugak because their plane is too awesome!! pokemon ftw! :P— ainnur (@AshAinnur) June 11, 2014
However, amidst all the rejoicing, it took a while for people to realize this was a hoax propelled forward by the now-infamous unofficial FIFA World Cup account.
Finally, Kotaku's Brian Ashcraft cleared the air by posting the original image of the arrival, which was later verified by Japanese media. Jeez, what a buzzkill!
As the first match went underway, ESPN’s Myron Medcalf got a little too excited:
Goal!!!!!!!!!!!! .... Just practicing. #WorldCup2014— Myron Medcalf (@MedcalfByESPN) June 12, 2014
MattyTalks had a tough one for us:
If you want to watch 90 minutes of someone trying to stop hot foreign guys from scoring then come to the bar with me #WorldCup2014— MattyTalks (@mattytalks) June 12, 2014
The host country Brazil kicked off the game in style as the country’s own defender Marcelo accidentally scored own goal when trying to deflect a ball. As expected, hilarity ensued:
marcelo right now???? pic.twitter.com/n6KkcK7CTa— blonde bimbo (@_rachkitcat) June 12, 2014
David Luiz visibly furious with Marcelo after his own goal. pic.twitter.com/segcnJBvsi— Footy Stuff (@TheFootyStuff) June 12, 2014
When going got rough, Marcello finally spoke up. Or did he?
To all those hurling abuse at me for scoring an own goal, please re-direct your anger to @12MarceloV. Thank you— Marcello (@Marcello) June 12, 2014
When it comes to Twitter jokes, no one can beat England’s supporters ridiculing their own team for its depressingly low chances of winning the cup.
John Carlin had inside report on the team’s arrival:
Private Eye cover on England at World Cup pic.twitter.com/zuVTt44Fvn— John Carlin (@JohnCarlin5) June 14, 2014
Ian Power made a prediction which may turn out to be true:
The winning team will speak either Spanish or Portuguese. #MyWorldCupPrediction— Ian Power (@IHPower) June 12, 2014
However, other’s had more realistic expectations from the English team:
Seeing this makes us more confident than ever about England's World Cup chances. It's coming home... pic.twitter.com/il8x1ARFQ5— SMACK LEAMINGTON (@SMACKLEAMINGTON) June 11, 2014
If we lose the football at least we’ve still got the tennis to look forward to losing.— paul bassett davies (@thewritertype) June 12, 2014