Great expectations are at the root of discontent across Latin America
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Brazilian football is one of Latin America’s most revered traditions. And yet, as the World Cup gets under way in the country, it is unclear whether the tournament will be a success, with the threat of protests hanging over the games. Meanwhile, in Colombia, Juan Manuel Santos has over the past four years proved himself to be one of the region’s most competent leaders. But ahead of a presidential runoff vote on June 15, his victory is far from assured; Santos is locked in a dead heat with his challenger, Óscar Iván Zuluaga. Though the two might appear to have little in common, the World Cup and Colombian elections have been marked by a rising tide of frustration, born of the inflated expectations of recent years.