International Affairs
5 June 2014 , Volume 70, Number 3

When Neymar, Oscar and the other members of Brazil’s national team take the field against Croatia on June 12 they will be kicking off not just the World Cup, but a big two years for Brazil in which it will often be in the international spotlight. The country will go to the polls on October 3 when President Dilma Rousseff will seek a second term. And in August 2016, Rio de Janeiro will host the Olympic Games.

Authors

Michael Reid writes the Bello column on Latin America in The Economist. His book Brazil: The Troubled Rise of a Global Power is published by Yale University Press

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Children play soccer in the Complexo do Alemão favela in Rio de Janeiro. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty

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