South America

In soccer-crazed Brazil, game central to mayoral runoff

In soccer-crazed Brazil, the game is proving central to the sport of electoral politics in one major city amid growing disgust with career politicians.

The mayoral runoff in Belo Horizonte, the country's sixth largest city, features two candidates associated with the first division Atletico Mineiro club based there, one as a former player and the other as its ex-chairman.

Retired goalkeeper Joao Leite, who got 33.4 percent of the vote in the first round of voting this month, focuses much of his campaign on his playing days. "From Atletico hero to the man who will improve Belo Horizonte," is how he is frequently introduced at public events.

His electoral...