There is no contesting the fact that South African countries treat football like a religion. And that's true for both its people - and the dogs.
The good boys and girls can't stop themselves from entering the ground and give us all a hearty laugh by making special appearances from time to time.
They are helpful, too. Like this one time when a dog made this outstanding save during a third tier Argentina match.
This dog made a heroic goal-line stop in an Argentine third tier match 😬 pic.twitter.com/BxqZgW3sTy— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) December 5, 2018
And another instance when this one defended better than a few players even.
Now, I must also mention the time a dog entered the field and peed on English striker Jimmy Greaves during a World Cup match in Chile, 1962.
Keeping their contributions in mind, the South American Football Confederation has decided that the mascot of next year's Copa America will be a dog.
🐶⚽️ Todos los perros del continente nos inspiraron para crear el máximo representante de la #NuevaRazaSudamericana. ¡Muy pronto lo conocerán!— Copa América (@CopaAmerica) November 30, 2019
Todos os cães do continente nos inspiraram para criar o máximo representante da #NovaRaçaSulAmericana. Em breve você vai conhecer! pic.twitter.com/UvdOcMmDY7
In a tweet, the organisers of the event said that these animals are funny, cheerful agile and unique - and that represents the spirit of Copa America.
They even asked people to choose between the two names - Pipe and Pibe - a few days ago.
The event - hosted by Argentina and Colombia - will start from June 12 and will have 12 teams as participants.