Neymar loses Brazil captaincy to Dani Alves for Copa America

Brazil's soccer player Neymar takes a rest during a practice at the Granja Comary training center ahead the Copa America tournament in Teresopolis, Brazil, Saturday, May 25, 2019. (AP Photo/Silvia Izquierdo)

RIO DE JANEIRO — Brazilian star Neymar has lost his national team's captaincy for the Copa America to veteran Dani Alves.

Brazil's football confederation, CBF, said in a statement on Monday the 36-year-old defender will start wearing the armband in the friendly against Qatar on June 5 in Brasilia.

CBF also said Brazil coach Tite informed Neymar of his decision on Saturday, the day the Paris Saint-Germain striker arrived at the national team's training ground outside Rio de Janeiro.

The 27-year-old Neymar was Brazil's captain since the elimination in the World Cup quarterfinals against Belgium in 2018.

Tite's decision comes after Neymar's altercation with a fan at the French Cup final on April 27.

The Copa America will be played in Brazil between June 14 and July 7.

Brazil is in Group A with Bolivia, Venezuela and Peru.

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