Prince Ali bin al-Hussein has confirmed that he will run for the presidency of Fifa for a second time as world football's governing body seek to appoint a successor to Sepp Blatter in 2016. The Jordanian royal, a former member of the executive committee, took the current incumbent to a second ballot in May after winning 73 votes, but subsequently withdrew from contention to hand his opponent a fifth consecutive term amid a corruption scandal engulfing the organisation.
Blatter later announced his intention to stand down in June, declaring the need for Fifa to undergo a "profound overhaul", with his 17-year tenure set to end on 26 February when congress will meet again to elect a replacement. Ali had hinted that he would indeed be standing when informing the latest Soccerex conference to "stay tuned" while he finished consulting with individual national associations, declaring that he thought victory was feasible if the election is run "correctly, cleanly and properly".
The 39-year-old has now confirmed his place in the running, where he joins frontrunners Uefa president Michel Platini and former Fifa vice-president Chung Mong-joon. Brazilian icon Zico and Liberian Football Association president Musa Bility are among the other contenders.
"I don't believe Fifa can give football back to the people of the world, without new leadership, untainted by the practices of the past," the 39-year-old announced on 9 September. "That is why I stand here in the timeless heart of Amman to once again launch my candidacy for the presidency of Fifa.
"I ask you to support me in my campaign to bring hope, dignity, excellence and opportunity back to football, the greatest sport on earth. I stand with people who love football as I do. People who know in their hearts the power of the sport to change lives for the better. My sole ambition is to make Fifa worthy of representing the greatest sport and the greatest fans on Earth. I am running for you."