Five Things to Beware in Brazil's World Cup

Brazil has an almost uncanny ability to disappoint. The World Cup soccer tournament, which starts in June, may be no different.
What could possibly go wrong when Brazil hosts the World Cup? Photographer: Dado Galdieri/Bloomberg

Brazil has an almost uncanny ability to disappoint. The country's government has angered middle-class Brazilians who expect better public services for their sky-high taxes. State meddling in the economy has hurt investors who once bet Brazil would become the next economic powerhouse. The South American country may now disillusion hundreds of thousands of World Cup soccer fans who will pay top dollar to attend the tournament, which starts in June.

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