I’ve spent much of the last month finagling my schedule to watch all 64 matches that made up this year’s World Cup. Some people might not view that as the most prudent use of time, but it seems I have a discerning feline ally in Lovely, a German cat who hasn’t let her Down Syndrome-like affliction curb her love of soccer.

Lovely’s mom describes her as “a special kitten with a genetic defect comparable to human Down Syndrome.” You can recognize Lovely by her Lil BUB-style perma-tongue pose.

A cat-sized soccer ball is Lovely’s favorite toy, and she adheres to a strict training regime of practice sessions on Monday evening and Thursdays. Her Facebook page says that the specifics of Lovely’s regime are “keep ball!”

When not honing her own skills, Lovely likes to take pleasure in rooting for her national team. After beating the World Cup host nation Brazil 7-1, she exclaimed, “One day as beautiful as today — sing, sing sing!”

Since entering the world of social media, Lovely has clocked up more than 3,500 Facebook fans. You can click on over to her page to view more pics of Lovely, donate to her ongoing medical treatment via PayPal, and try to fathom out exactly why she’s frolicking with a rabbit in the photo above. (It was beyond the limits of my Google Translate skills, but Lovely seems happy enough in such doe-eyed company.)

All photo via Facebook

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About Phillip Mlynar: The self-appointed world’s foremost expert on rappers’ cats. When not penning posts on rap music, he can be found building DIY cat towers for his adopted domestic shorthair, Mimosa, and collecting Le Creuset cookware (in red). He has also invented cat sushi, but it’s not quite what you think it is.

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