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|Date of birth||8 May 1973|
|Place of birth||Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, London|
Early life and career
Born in Brick Lane, Tower Hamlets, London, Ali often used the name "Jordan", and was rejected by numerous clubs after trialling for them. He claims his Indian ancestry played a part in his constant rejection. He was taken on by Arsenal F.C. as a trainee, however he never signed a contract. He secured a contract to play for Murcia in the Spanish lower divisions, and started selling real estate on golf resorts. He says he spent time at Barcelona's La Masia Academy where he added this experience to his coaching philosophy.
In the summer of 2011, Ali assembled a team of Indian players, aged under-15, to compete in the Arsenal International Soccer Festival. The team of 16, which was selected from 20,000 hopefuls, unexpectedly won the under-15 category at the Royal Holloway University.
FA – The COACH Bursary Scheme
Saint Kitts & Nevis Football Association
Latvia Football Federation
In November 2012, Ali traveled to oversee the A-UEFA coaching masterclass course for Latvian coaches.
Chinese Taipei (Taiwan)
In March 2013, Ali was appointed Head of Elite Football Development in Taiwan. Ali and the Chinese Taipei Football Association say the aim is to implement a long-term structure to get all Taiwan's age groups to their respective world championships. Ali says he intends to qualify all the Chinese Taipei age specific football teams to World Cup Finals.
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