Sweden's Liselotte Neumann has been named captain of the European team for next year’s Solheim Cup match at Colorado Golf Club in Parker, USA.

The 2013 Solheim Cup takes place from 13-18 August, just a few days after the PGA Championship.

Neumann, who represented Europe on six consecutive occasions as a player, from 1990 to 2000, takes over from England’s Alison Nicholas, whom she assisted at the 2009 match at Rich Harvest Farms in Illinois, USA.

US-based Neumann will seek to build on Europe’s stunning success in 2011 at Killeen Castle in Ireland by leading the team to its first victory in the United States.

Neumann said: "I am extremely happy and honoured to have been selected as the European Solheim Cup Captain in 2013.

"This event has always been very special for women’s golf and it brings back wonderful memories of my years on the team. I want to thank the selection committee and the players for placing their trust in me and I look forward to the challenge of defending the title on US soil next year."