Prince Ali bin Hussein

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Prince Ali bin Hussein
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Prince Ali during the International Sport Security Conference in Doha in 2012
Spouse Rym Brahimi
Issue Princess Jalilah
Prince Abdullah
House House of Hashim
Father Hussein of Jordan
Mother Alia al-Hussein
Born (1975-12-23) 23 December 1975 (age 39)
Amman, Jordan
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 on 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.[1]

Education[edit]

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.[2]

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.

Prince Ali is fluent in Arabic, English, and Circassian.[3]

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.[4][5]

Career[edit]

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.

Football[edit]

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.[6] 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.

Prince Ali successfully championed the lifting of FIFA's ban on the hijab in women's football.[7]

Ali was one of a number of FIFA officials to call for the publication of the Garcia Report into allegations of corruption surrounding Russia and Qatar's bids for the 2018 and 2022 FIFA World Cups.[8]

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.

Grades and honours[edit]

Military grades[edit]

He holds the rank of a Brigadier in the Jordanian Armed Forces.

Jordanian honours[edit]

Prince Ali holds the :

Foreign honours[edit]

Prince Ali holds a number of foreign decorations including the French Légion d'honneur, and the Order of the Rising Sun of Japan.

Marriage and children[edit]

Jordanian Royal Family
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HM The King
HM The Queen


HM Queen Noor

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.[citation needed]

They have two children:

  • HRH Princess Jalila bint Ali (born 16 September 2005)
  • HRH Prince Abdullah bin Ali (born 19 March 2007)

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Royal titles
Preceded by
Prince Omar bin Al Faisal
Line of succession to the Jordanian throne
5th position
Succeeded by
Prince Abdullah bin Ali