Nigerian Professional Football League(Redirected from Nigeria Premier League)
The Nigerian Professional Football League, formerly known as the Nigerian Premier League for the second time, as of the 2012/2013 Season 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),  is the highest level of the Nigerian football league system, for the Nigerian Club-football Championships. But the Nigerian top-division had experienced many dwindling fortunes, since the late 2000s.   It is fed into by the Nigeria National League (NNL). It is organized by the League Management Company (LMC).
|Number of teams||20|
|Level on pyramid||1|
|Relegation to||Nigeria National League|
|Domestic cup(s)||Nigerian FA Cup
Nigerian Super Cup
Super 4 (Nigeria)
|International cup(s)||Champions League
|Current champions||Plateau United (2017) (1st title) |
|Most championships||Enyimba F.C. and Enugu Rangers (7)|
The League Management CompanyEdit
This is the legal League board or body that was incorporated in November, 2012, by the Nigeria Football Federation to take over the nearly-collapsed NPL. The first step the LMC took was to rebrand the League name,from the Nigerian Premier League to the Nigerian Professional Football League, (NPFL) or simply the Professional 'Football' League) (P'F'L) i.e. just "Professional League" or "Football League" inside Nigeria.  
In 2015, the League Management Company solicited financial support from the Government in order to "upgrade of existing grounds and provision of required broadcast equipment and facilities in the stadiums”.
On 27, April 2016, The Liga de Fútbol Profesional (LFP) organizers of the La Liga sealed a five-year memorandum of understanding deal with the NPFL on capacity building and idea exchange signed by the League Management Company chairman, Shehu Dikko and the La Liga President Javier Tebas. The NPFL and La Liga partnership has already started bearing fruit as during the January transfer window, Super Eagles fringe player Ezekiel Bassey was signed on loan from Enyimba to Barcelona B on a six-month deal with an option of 3-years come end of the season based on performance. The NPFL AllStars (made up of the league's best players) have also been playing Pre-Season as well as Winter break friendlies with top flight Spanish sides like Atletico Madrid, Malaga, Valencia, Villareal etc. In an effort to expose and test Local players against top players and sides.
In Thursday, May 25, 2017, The Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) alongside the League Management Company (LMC), also consummated a multi-faceted strategic agreement in general football development with the Football Federation and Premier League body of the Kingdom of Morocco, NFF President Amaju Pinnick and NFF 2nd Vice President/ LMC Chairman Shehu Dikko put pen to paper on a memorandum of understanding with their Moroccan counterparts, the result of detailed discussions, deliberations and considerations over time. The two FA Presidents signed their own sides in the Office of the Federation Royale Marocaine de Football in Rabat, while the LMC 's Chairman, Shehu Dikko and Chairman of the Ligue Nationale de Football Professionnel, (which organises the Botola, Said Naciri signed at the LNFP office, watched by the two FA bosses. 
The 2017 season is the 46th season of top flight football in Nigeria and the 27th season since the league turned professional with last season's champions Enugu Rangers, Rivers United F.C., Wikki Tourists and Federation Cup winners FC Ifeanyi Ubah F.C. representing the League at the CAF Champions League and CAF Confederation Cup.
On February 24, 2017, during a match day 10 fixture between MFM FC and reigning champions Enugu Rangers, at the Agege Stadium, Lagos fans as well as neutrals were treated to a "miraculous" goal[This quote needs a citation] as a loose ball from Rangers midfielder Chinedu Udeagha, was pounced on by MFM's left back Julius Emiloju who prodded the ball forward to diminutive midfield maestro Chukwuka Onuwa who found space, lobbed the ball to Stephen Odey who then flicked the ball to Sikiru Olatunbosun who with the presence of mind, flicked it above onrushing defender Etim Matthew and with a 180-degree turn at the edge of the 20-yard box, he unleashed a left-foot drive past the Rangers goalie, sending fans at the "Temple of Soccer" wild. The goal has since gone viral on social media and won the CNN 'Goal of the week' in the process with 82% votes of the 6,647 votes cast, beating off competition from AS Roma's Radja Nainggolan 11%, Youri Tielemans of Anderlecht 6% and Joey Jones of Woking FC 1%.
Best Global ReputationEdit
List of past championsEdit
Champions by seasonEdit
- 1971: Rangers International (Enugu) (Amachree Gold Cup)
- 1972: Mighty Jets (Jos)
- 1973: Bendel Insurance (Benin City)
- 1974: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1975: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1976: IICC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1977: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1978: Racca Rovers (Kano)
- 1979: Bendel Insurance (Benin City)
- 1980: IICC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1981: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1982: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1983: IICC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1984: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 1985: New Nigeria Bank (Benin City)
- 1986: Leventis United (Ibadan)
- 1987: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1988: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1989: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1990: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1991: Julius Berger (Lagos)
- 1992: Stationery Stores (Lagos)
- 1993: Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)
- 1994: BCC Lions (Gboko)
- 1995: 3SC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1996: Udoji United (Awka)
- 1997: Eagle Cement (Port Harcourt)
- 1998: 3SC Shooting Stars (Ibadan)
- 1999: Lobi Stars (Makurdi)
- 2000: Julius Berger (Lagos)
- 2001: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2002: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2003: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2004: Dolphin (Port Harcourt)
- 2005: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2006: Ocean Boys (Brass)
- 2007: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2008: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2009: Bayelsa United (Yenegoa)
- 2010: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2011: Dolphin (Port Harcourt)
- 2012: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2013: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2014: Kano Pillars (Kano)
- 2015: Enyimba (Aba)
- 2016: Rangers International (Enugu)
- 2017: Plateau United (Jos)
- 2018: Lobi Stars (Makurdi) (current log leaders)
Most titles wonEdit
|Enyimba (Aba)||7||2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2010, 2015|
|Rangers International (Enugu)||7||1971, 1974, 1975, 1981, 1982, 1984, 2016|
|Shooting Stars (Ibadan)||5||1976, 1980, 1983, 1995, 1998|
|Iwuanyanwu Nationale (Owerri)||5||1987, 1988, 1989, 1990, 1993|
|Kano Pillars (Kano)||4||2008, 2012, 2013, 2014|
|Dolphin (Port Harcourt) (Includes Eagle Cement)||3||1997, 2004, 2011|
|Bendel Insurance (Benin City)||2||1973, 1979|
|Julius Berger (Lagos)||2||1991, 2000|
|BCC Lions (Gboko)||1||1994|
|Stationery Stores (Lagos)||1||1992|
|Leventis United (Ibadan)||1||1986|
|Plateau United (Jos)||1||2017|
|Bayelsa United (Yenegoa)||1||2009|
|Ocean Boys (Brass)||1||2006|
|Lobi Stars (Makurdi)||2||1999, 2018|
|Udoji United (Awka)||1||1996|
|New Nigeria Bank (Benin City)||1||1985|
|Racca Rovers (Kano)||1||1978|
|Mighty Jets (Jos)||1||1972|
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