Located in the Peruvian district of Rimac, under Lima, Sporting Cristal is a football club which was founded in 1955. Initially named Sporting Tobacco, the club changed ownership, and subsequently its name. With 15 league titles under their belt, Sporting Cristal ranks third in the most titles won category. Ranking amongst the most popular football teams in the country, Sporting Cristal plays home games in Estadio San Martin de Porres. But Estadio Nacional is used when they play against popular teams such as Universitario and also for international games.
After the Backus and Johnston beer company came under Peruvian control, they renamed the club Sporting Cristal Backus. They made their debut in 1956, and went on to bag the national title the same year itself. Journalists refer to the team as ‘nacio campeon’, or the club that was born a champion. The club has made 26 appearances in the Copa Libertadores and was runners-up in 1997. Some prominent players from the team include, Andres Augusto Mendoza, Nolberto Sollano, Roberto Palacios and Julio de Andrade.