Royals Running for FIFA Presidency
Among the five candidates running in the elections for the FIFA presidency, two princes are competing to win the race.
Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein of Jordan and Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa of Bahrain are paying great efforts to ensure victory in the elections that will take place in Zürich, Switzerland on February 26.
Prince Ali bin Al Hussein of Jordan, who is 40 years old, is the youngest among the fiveaddition to his previous post as FIFA Vice President for Asia, he presided over Jordan’s Football Association and the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF). The Prince was the only competitor to FIFA’s former President, Sepp Blatter, in the last election. However, Blatter resigned last year after winning the elections against Prince Ali following the FIFA financial scandals.
Prince Ali, January 2016
Bahrain’s Sheikh Salman bin Ibrahim Al Khalifa, a former football player, is a member of the Bahrini royal family. He is 50 years old and currently serves as the President of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC). Sheikh Salman is considered one of the favorites to win FIFA’s presidency elections as he enjoys the support of a lot of football federations in Asia and Africa.
Sheikh Salman (L) with Sepp Blatter, November 2013
In addition to the two Princes, other candidates are Jerome Champagne of France, Gianni Infantino of Italy and Tokyo Sexwale of South Africa.Filed under Bahrain, Jordan
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