Copa America 2019: Dani Alves to replace Neymar as captain of Brazil national team ahead of mega event
Dani Alves will replace Neymar as the captain of the Brazilian national team in the Copa America, the country's football federation (CBF) announced on Monday
Rio de Janeiro: Dani Alves will replace Neymar as the captain of the Brazilian national team in the Copa America, the country's football federation (CBF) announced on Monday.
"The decision was communicated to Neymar by (coach) Tite on Saturday," CBF said in a statement about the striker, who was handed a three-match suspension for lashing out at a spectator following Paris Saint-Germain's shock defeat by Rennes in the French Cup final earlier this month.
Eight-time winners Brazil face Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru in the group stage, which starts on 14 June, after two friendlies against Qatar and Honduras.
Neymar, 27, missed the humiliating 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat by Germany in 2014 due to injury after fracturing his back in the previous round.
A year earlier, he was named player of the tournament at the Confederations Cup as Brazil won the competition for a record fourth time.
Pochettino now looks set to unleash Lionel Messi, the six-time Ballon d'Or winner, from the start at the Jan Breydel Stadium against Club Brugge in the Group A opener.
The league is being played at the Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium and has attracted participation from 20 teams and over 240 players. In the first edition eight had participated.
Goals from Alberto Noguera (35') and Devendra Dhaku Murgaokar (59') sealed the deal for the Gaurs on a rainy afternoon even as Army Green squandered many opportunities.