RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazilian star Neymar lost his national group’s captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves, in another move proposing the striker will be under overwhelming strain to convey the title of the South American competition on home soil.
Brazil’s football confederation, CBF, said in an announcement on Monday that 36-year-old safeguard Alves, a dear companion of Neymar’s who plays with him at Paris Saint-Germain, will begin wearing the armband in the inviting against Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia.
The Copa America will be played between June 14 and July 7, and Brazil’s first match will be against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on opening day.
Former Barcelona defender Dani Alves will now lead the five-time World Cup winners when they host the rest of the South Americans for the tournament which kicks off on June 14.
CBF additionally said Brazil mentor Tite educated Neymar of his choice on Saturday, the day the Paris Saint-Germain striker landed at the national group’s preparation ground outside Rio de Janeiro. The soccer body likewise said Alves will just join the gathering on Tuesday.
The 27-year-old Neymar was his national group’s skipper since the end in the World Cup quarterfinals against Belgium in 2018. Brazil’s mentor said then he needed to give more duties to the striker, who is under analysis from Brazil fans since his unconvincing exhibitions in Russia.
Tite’s choice comes after Neymar’s quarrel with a fan at the French Cup last on April 27. The striker apologized for the fight after PSG lost on punishments to Rennes, however that was insufficient to keep the armband. Brazil’s mentor has been feeling the squeeze since to remove the captaincy from Neymar.
New skipper Alves won Copa America in 2007 and scored an objective in the 3-0 triumph against Argentina in the last. He has the most noteworthy number of tops on Brazil with 138.
The right-back was required to be Brazil’s chief amid the World Cup in Russia, however, he endured left knee damage that didn’t enable him to play.
Brazil’s arrangements for Copa America were ended on Monday, with players continuing preparations for Tuesday evening.
36 year old Dani Alves will captain Brazil at this summer’s Copa América, instead of Neymar Jr. pic.twitter.com/E5Cf77v3fa
— Brasil Football 🇧🇷 (@BrasilEdition) May 27, 2019
Meanwhile, It was earlier reported that PSG star Neymar punched a Rennes fan after his side suffered defeat in the French Cup final last month. Coach Thomas Tuchel’s men were two goals up in the first half but failed to hold on to the lead as the opponent won the match on penalties. Meanwhile, the Brazil star was said to have attacked the supporter who appeared to have offered him advice while going to receive runners up medal.