Neymar to step down from Brazil captaincy, Dani Alves to lead the Squad for Copa America

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Following the shocking defeat by Rennes in the French Cup final, the Brazilian football spectacle Neymar stripped of Brazil captaincy. Head coach Tite has removed the PSG winger of the captaincy and handed the armband to Dani Alves.
In September 2018, Tite named Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar as a permanent Brazil captain, but due to some unfortunate actions he has been replaced by 36-year-old club and country team-mate Alves.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.
Neymar is set to serve a three-match ban for striking an opposition supporter after last month’s Coupe de France defeat against Rennes.
The Brazilan star scored 23 goals in all competitions this season after recovering from a foot injury with 15 goals coming in Ligue 1 play.
That number was good for fifth in the French league, with team-mates Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani as well as Florian Thauvin and Nicolas Pepe surpassing Neymar this campaign.
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 are 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.
Source: Goal

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