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S. Korean Chung Mong-joon fails to be re-elected as FIFA vice president

Jan. 6, 2011 - 18:53 By 문예빈
DOHA, Qatar (Yonhap) -- South Korea's Chung Mong-joon came up short in his bid for re-election as FIFA vice president for a fifth run.

In a vote held here Thursday during the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Congress, Chung lost 25-20 to Jordanian Prince Ali bin al-Hussein, head of the Jordan Football Association. Prince Ali will serve until 2015.

Chung, 59, had been the vice president of the world's governing body of football since 1994. Prince Ali is also the founding president of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF), which includes the likes of Jordan, Bahrain, Qatar, Iran and Iraq.

A South Korean lawmaker and a scion of the conglomerate Hyundai Group, Chung helped bring South Korea its first FIFA World Cup in 2002, as a co-host with Japan. Hyundai is one of the major sponsors for FIFA.

The AFC Congress was held on the eve of the quadrennial Asian Cup tournament, with 16 nations in action. South Korea is trying to win its first title since 1960.