Thursday Kickoff: Special 2016 Copa America being discussed, Corinthians wins Copa Libertadores, & more

Thursday Kickoff: Special 2016 Copa America being discussed, Corinthians wins Copa Libertadores, & more

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Thursday Kickoff: Special 2016 Copa America being discussed, Corinthians wins Copa Libertadores, & more

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By FRANCO PANIZO

The long-discuscced special Copa America is no longer just a rumor.

New CONCACAF president Jeffrey Webb revealed on Wednesday that the confederation is in talks with CONMEBOL about a possible 2016 Copa America that would include teams from both regions. The tournament would celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Copa America, and things are pointing to it likely being held in the United States.

The joint-tournament would fall on the same summer as Euro 2016 and a year after the 2015 CONCACAF Gold Cup and CONMEBOL's Copa America. There has been no word as to what the incentive would be for winning the tournament.

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CORINTHIANS WINS FIRST COPA LIBERTADORES TITLE

Corinthians did something on Wednesday that may be hard to believe for some: They won their first Copa Libertadores title. The popular Brazilian club won the South American championship by defeating historic Argentina outfit Boca Juniors, 3-1, on aggregate after a 2-0 decision on Wednesday night. Emerson scored both goals for Corinthians in the second half to add Corinthians to the list of teams to have won a Copa Libertadores.

GOAL-LINE TECHNOLOGY TO BE GIVEN GREEN LIGHT

After years of being discussed, it appears goal-line technology is finally on the verge of happening. International football's FA Board (IFAB) is set to give the green light to goal-line technology at a meeting in Zurich on Thursday after months of tests were completed on two systems, Hawk-Eye and the GoalRef. If approved, both can be introduced by the Premier League and the FA, though not immediately due to each system requiring installment, licensing and testing.

RANGERS NEWCO DENIED ENTRY INTO SPL

Things just are not getting better for Rangers. Under a slightly new name, the Scottish club was refused entry into the Scottish Premier League in place of the old Rangers, with 10 to 12 teams voting against such a move. The re-formed club now will have to apply to play in the Scottish Football League, but what league they will play in after suffering administration last season is unknown.

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What do you think of the idea of the special 2016 Copa America? Surprised Corinthians just won their first Copa Libertadores title? Excited for goal-line technology?

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