Alves to replace Neymar as Brazil captain
Alves to replace Neymar as Brazil captain
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Alves to replace Neymar as Brazil captain

Dani Alves will replace his club mate Neymar as the Brazil captain during next month's Copa America Tournament slated to be staged on home soil.

Neymar was named permanent Brazil captain by head coach Tite in September 2018; however, he has been replaced by 36-year-old club and country team-mate Alves.

In a statement released on Monday, the Brazilian Football Confederation (CBF) said: "The decision was communicated to Neymar by Tite on Saturday."

The announcement comes after a turbulent end to the season for Neymar at Ligue 1 champions PSG, where coach Thomas Tuchel has ruled out the former Barcelona star becoming captain.

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Neymar-who scored 23 goals in all competitions this season after recovering from a foot injury is set to serve a three-match ban for striking an opposition supporter after last month's Coupe de France defeat against Rennes.

The 27-year-old also appeared to be weighed down by the burden of expectations on his shoulders during Brazil's World Cup campaign last year as the Selecao lost in the quarter-finals.

Brazil is set to host the Copa America, with the eight-time champions – who failed to progress beyond the group stage in 2016 – drawn alongside Bolivia, Peru and Venezuela in Group A.

Tite's Brazil will open the tournament against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 14.

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