A photographer has found a new way to inspire team spirit ahead of this year’s World Cup by combining the countries with their national dog.
The series include the American Stafford Terrier, the German Shepherd and unsurprisingly the English Bulldog.
Less iconic breeds include the Argentine Gogo, Italy’s Cane Corso and the Dutch Kooiker Hound.
Flying the flag: An English bulldog and a German Shepherd have been put into their World Cup strips ahead of the tournament
Spots and squares: A Dalmatian proudly displays the Croatian football team's colours while a Spanish Galago gets ready for a race on the pitch
Big when I was little: An intimidating Brazilian Mastiff goes up against the slightly smaller, but not less eager French Bulldog
Belgian Eric pulled together his skill photographing animals and his love of the beautiful game to create these hilarious images.
Eric, 47, usually uses his talents for the Life On White project photographing animals both domestic and wild on white backgrounds.
He said: ‘A colleague of mine has this great idea to combine our skills and the World Cup in Brazil.
‘We have been collecting animal photos for just under 10 years and we had practically all the dogs needed - just adding the ones we didn't afterwards.'
Guarding their nations: A Swiss Sheperd and a Belgian Shepherd are wearing the football jerseys from their nations for the Worldcup 2014
Forza Sheila: A Kelpie proudly displays the colours of the Australian team alongside the Italian Cane Corso
Quirky but cool: As spicy as the nation's kitchen, a Chihuahua represents Mexico, and a Kooiker Hound is dressed in orange to represent the Netherlands
‘All the breeds are iconic of each country, for example the Bulldog for England and the Alsatian for Germany.
'Some were very easy to match others were a little bit less well known.’
‘Life on White just had its 8th birthday. We are specialised in the photography of domestic and wild animals in front of a white background. We have around 32,000 photos of over 1,000 species.’
Stars, stripes and circles: American Stafford Terrier wearing an American football jersey looks fetching next to a Japanese Akita Inu
Playing catch: Dogo Argentino wearing the football jersey from his nation, Argentine, alongside a Siberian Husky representing Russia in the 2014 World Cup
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