The FIFA Longshots: Prince Ali, Monsieur Champagne and Mr. Sexwale


Prince Ali bin al Hussein of Jordan has positioned himself as a compromise choice.

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The FIFA presidential election that will take place Friday in Zurich increasingly looks to be a two-man race between Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim al-Khalifa, the president of the Asian Football Confederation, and Gianni Infantino, the general secretary of UEFA, the sport’s governing body for Europe. But there are three other candidates in the race. Here is a look at where they stand, how they faltered and what might come next:

? Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, the president of Jordan’s soccer association and a former member of FIFA’s executive committee, mounted a surprisingly strong challenge to Sepp Blatter in FIFA’s last presidential election, held in May. But after receiving 73 votes to Mr. Blatter’s 133 on the first ballot, he bowed to…

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