Brazil Coach Tite Strips Neymar Of Captaincy, Appoints Alves
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The head coach of Brazil national team Tite has stripped Neymar of the captaincy and named Dani Alves as skipper for the Copa America.

Paris Saint-Germain superstar Neymar was previously named permanent Brazil captain by Tite in September 2018, however, he has been replaced by 36-year-old club and country teammate Alves.

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In a statement released on Tuesday, 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 – 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 FIFA 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.

Tite’s Brazil will open the tournament against Bolivia in Sao Paulo on June 15.