The Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) is the highest level of Nigeria football league system for the Nigerian Club Football Championships. But the Nigerian top league has had many dwindling successes since the late 2000s. It is fed by the Nigeria National League (NNL). It is organized by the League Management Company (LMC).
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It was formerly known as the Nigerian Premier League for the second time, starting from the 2012/2013 season starting from the 2003/2004 season; "Nigerian Premiership" (2000-2003); "Nigerian Premier League", first time (1993-2000); "Nigerian Professional League" (1990-1993); Nigerian National League - First Division (1979-1990) and "the (Nigerian) National League" or "Nigerian Football League" (1972-1979).
This is the legal league founded by the Nigerian Football Federation in November 2012 to take over the almost collapsed NPL. The first step taken by the LMC was to rename the league name from the Nigerian Premier League to the Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) or simply the Professional Football League (P'F'L), ie only the "Professional League". or "Football League" in Nigeria.
In 2015, the league management company asked the government for financial support to "upgrade the existing site and provide the necessary broadcasting equipment and facilities in the stadiums".
On April 27, 2016, the organizers of the Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) of LaLiga football signed with the NPFL a five-year Memorandum of Understanding on Capacity Building and Exchange of Ideas signed by Leader of the League Management Company, Shehu Dikko and La La Liga. President Javier Tebas. The partnership between the NPFL and the La Liga has already begun to bear fruit when Super Eagles party colleague Ezekiel Bassey was loaned from Enyimba to Barcelona B during the transfer window in January. The contract had a term of six months and a term of three years season depending on performance. The NPFL AllStars (consisting of the best players in the league) have also played in the preseason and in the friendlies during the winter break with top Spanish teams such Atlético Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Villareal, etc. against top players and teams.
On Thursday, May 25, 2017, the Nigerian Football Association (NFF), together with the League Management Society (LMC), completed a multi-layered strategic agreement on general football development with the Football Association and Premier League football of the Kingdom of Morocco. Amaju Pinnick, President of the NFF, and Shehu Dikko, 2nd Vice President of the NFF / Chair of the LMC, have written a memorandum of understanding with their Moroccan counterparts, which is the result of detailed discussions, reflections and reflections over time. The two FA Presidents have signed their own page in the office of the Royale Marocaine de Football of the Federation in Rabat, while the chairman of the LMC, Shehu Dikko, and the chairman of the Ligue Nationale de Football Professionnel (which organizes the Botola, Said Naciri) at the LNFP office, which was overseen by the two FA chiefs.
Football is the most popular sport in Nigeria. The Nigerian national football team is regularly fighting for international titles and many Nigerian footballers compete against each other in Europe, especially in England football. Nigeria has one of the best national teams in Africa football and has produced many notable footballers including Mudashiru Lawal, Rashidi Yekini, Jay Jay Okocha, Nwankwo Canoe, Vincent Enyeama, Joseph Yobo and John Obi Mikel.
The football was first introduced by the British in Nigeria. The first recorded football match in Nigeria took place in 1904.
The Nigerian national football team nicknamed Super Eagles is the Nigerian national team and is controlled by the Nigerian Football Association. According to the FIFA World Ranking, Nigeria is currently the fifth best team in the Confederation of African Football with 39th place.
The Nigerian national football team played on 8 October 1949 in Freetown their first international match against Sierra Leone. Nigeria won 2-0. Their biggest win was 16-1 against Benin.
Nigeria's best performances at the World Cup are the years 1994 and 1998, when they reached the second round.
The Nigerian youth teams won the first FIFA U-17 World Cup in 1985 as well as in 1993 and 2007. The U-17 national team is named Golden Eaglets, the U-20 national team "Flying Eagles".
Nigeria's Flying Eagles have qualified for the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship in Mexico for the first time. Although Nigeria did not go beyond the first round, they defeated the highly rated USSR 1-0 and held the Netherlands for a goalless draw.
In 1985, the U17 football team traveled to China and conquered the world at the first FIFA U-17 World Cup. The victory brought Nigerian football to a high podium and set the stage for Nigeria's respect for international competitions. In order to prove the new strength of Nigeria in football, the U20 selection for the FIFA World Youth Championship in 1989 traveled to Saudi Arabia and narrowly lost in the final against Portugal. The team prevailed against the legendary "miracle of Damman" and ended a 4-0 deficit against the Soviet Union to tie and then win on penalties. In 2007, the U17 squad was crowned World Champion for the third time in South Korea. Nigeria has been chosen to host the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup.
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