Neymar loses Brazil captaincy.


Neymar has been deprived of the Brazil captaincy for one month from now’s Copa America and been supplanted by Paris Saint-Germain partner Dani Alves.

The Copa America will be played from June 14 to July 7, with hosts Brazil, who have not won the title since 2007, taking on Bolivia in the opening match in Sao Paulo before confronting Venezuela and Peru.

‘Daniel Alves will be chief of the Brazilian national group in the neighborly matches against Qatar and Honduras and in Copa America Brazil 2019,’ the nation’s football league (CBF) said in an a

Right back Alves, who has 138 caps for Brazil, was informed of his new role on Sunday.

The 36-year-old has captained his country on four previous occasions, the last of which was a 1-0 friendly victory over Germany in 2018.

Brazil coach Tite had named Neymar permanent captain a few months after Brazil’s World Cup quarter-final exit at the hands of Belgium last year, but has been under pressure to replace the 27-year-old due to his disciplinary issues.

This was due to his bad behaviour in his last club match of the season of him pounching a fan.

Tite informed him on Saturday that he would not captain Brazil at the Copa America, the CBF said.

Neymar was banned for three matches by the French football authorities earlier this month for hitting a fan after PSG’s French Cup final loss to Stade Rennes, and was also reportedly involved in a dressing fracas with his PSG team-mates.