Prince Ali bin Hussein
- This article concerns the Jordanian prince. For other uses, see Ali bin Hussein (disambiguation).
|Prince Ali bin Hussein|
Prince Ali during the International Sport Security Conference in Doha in 2012
|House||House of Hashim|
|Father||Hussein of Jordan|
23 December 1975 |
|Occupation||President of the JFA
President of the WAFF
Vice president of FIFA
Prince Ali bin Hussein of Jordan (Arabic: الأمير علي بن الحسين; born 23 December 1975) is the third son of King Hussein of Jordan, and the second child of the king by his third wife, Queen Alia. Since 6 January 2011, he has been the president of FIFA for Asia.
Prince Ali began his primary education at the Islamic Educational College in Amman. He continued his studies in the United Kingdom and the United States and graduated from Salisbury School in Connecticut in 1993, where he excelled in the sport of wrestling.
He entered the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst in the United Kingdom. Ali was commissioned as an officer in December 1994 and was awarded the Brunei Medal for serving in Brunei. Before continuing his studies in the United States, he served in the Jordanian Special Forces as a pathfinder, earning his military freefall parachute wings. He completed his undergraduate education at Princeton University in 1999.
In 1988 Prince Ali went on a publicized horse-ride trip to the North Central and West Caucasus (Circassia) from Jordan through Syria and Turkey to raise awareness of the Circassian diasporas worldwide. The trip traced (in reverse) the path of the mass exodus that brought the Circassians to Jordan.
In 1999, Prince Ali was asked to serve as commander of King Abdullah II′s Special Security in the Royal Guards. He served in that capacity until 28 January 2008, when the king entrusted Prince Ali with establishing and directing a National Centre for Security and Crisis Management. He is the Chairman of the Board of the Royal Film Commission.
Prince Ali is the President of the Jordan Football Association. He is also the founder and president of the West Asian Football Federation, and under his presidency the membership has increased to 13 countries.
Prince Ali announced his candidacy for the position of FIFA President representing Asia on Thursday 7 October 2010. Ali's campaign focused on change, football ideals, and uniting and raising the profile of Asian countries, within FIFA and generally. Prince Ali won the election for the position of FIFA VP representing Asia (25 votes to 20 for his opponent Dr. Chung Mong-joon) at the AFC Congress that was held in Doha, Qatar, on 6 January 2011. As FIFA President, the Prince serves as a member of both the FIFA Executive Committee and the AFC Executive Committee.
Ali lost the 2015 FIFA Presidency election to Sepp Blatter after resigning before second round voting took place. Blatter secured 60 more votes than Ali in the first round of voting, shy of the two thirds majority required to win in the first round, though with only a simple majority required in subsequent rounds Ali's defeat appeared to be inevitable.
Marriage and children
|Jordanian Royal Family|
On 23 April 2004 Prince Ali married Algerian-born Rym Brahimi, a former CNN journalist and daughter of Lakhdar Brahimi, United Nations Special Representative for Afghanistan. The marriage was publicly celebrated on 7 September 2004.
They have two children:
- Princess Jalila bint Ali (born 16 September 2005)
- Prince Abdullah bin Ali (born 19 March 2007)
Grades and honours
Prince Ali holds the :
- Grand Cordon of the Order of al-Hussein bin Ali
- Grand Cordon of the Supreme Order of the Renaissance (Al-Nahda)
- Grand Cordon of the Order of the Star of Jordan (formerly Grand Officer)
Prince Ali holds folowing foreign decorations
- France: Légion d'honneur
- Japan: Order of the Rising Sun, by imperial decree
- Sweden: Grand Cross of the Order of the Polar Star, by royal decree
- United Kingdom:Knight Commander of the Royal Victorian Order, by royal decree
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- "*The Prince and the 'Noble People' of the Caucasus*". angelfire.com.
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- "Fifa prosecutor Michael Garcia calls for World Cup report to be made public". The Guardian. 24 September 2014. Retrieved 24 September 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Prince Ali bin Al Hussein.|
- Official website
- Official Biography
- We Are Asia: Taking Our Place
- The West Asian Football Federation
- The Jordan Football Association
- Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA)
- The Asian Football Confederation (AFC)
- The Royal Film Commission
- His Majesty King Abdullah II – Official Website
Prince Omar bin Al Faisal
|Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
Prince Abdullah bin Ali