jazzypom (jazzypom) wrote in ontd_football,

Neymar is the new captain for Brazil

Neymar will captain Brazil in their friendly against Colombia on Saturday and received a ringing endorsement from his national team manager Dunga.
Thiago Silva, who was captain under previous coach Luiz Felipe Scolari is absent from the squad and won't feature in this round of friendlies.
The 22 year-old will become one of Brazil's youngest captains but Dunga insisted that he has all the skills to make him the perfect for the role.

"It has already been decided, [Neymar will be captain]," Dunga told a press conference at the Mandarin Oriental in Miami.

"He's a player with a lot of quality, despite his age is experienced. The captain has to set the standard for the others," he added.

"Neymar has responded very well to it. He is a player who likes challenges and like to win. We talked to him when we first broached the subject and we told him what we wanted. We told him about the advantages and the disadvantages, about the history and responsibility the shirt brings."

Dunga himself captained Brazil to World Cup glory in 1994, and went on to suggest Neymar has everything required to go on and lift the trophy for Brazil in 2018.

"Every time Brazil won a World Cup it did so with leaders who had great personality… we need more players with this characteristic in the group, whether they wear the armband or not."

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from the Brazilian website.

hat tip to mundodeamor for the quotes. You're fab *mwuah*

I'm dead chuffed for Neymar. Back before he joined Barcelona, I thought he was a diving tosser who'd flame out, tbh. But how he behaved after the back injury made him grow in my eyes.

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