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The Peruvian First Division is the top professional division of Peruvian football. It is known as Torneo Descentralizado de Ftbol Profesional - Professional Decentralized Football Tournament. It has been referred to as Descentralizado since 1966, when the first teams residing outside the Lima and Callao provinces were invited to compete in the first recognized national championship.
Its sponsored name is Copa Movistar (Movistar Cup) because of its main sponsor, the local cable television provider Movistar. 18 teams participate in the division. The league operates a system of promotion and relegation at the end of the season with the Segunda Divisin and the Copa Per. Seasons run from February to December with teams playing 44 games each. The league is organized by the Sports Association of Professional Football.
The Peruvian Football League was founded in 1912 and organized the Primera Divisin and the Segunda Divisin. The seasons played between 1912 and 1921 included clubs based in Lima and considered unofficial by the FPF. In 1926, the league was continued by the newly formed Peruvian Football Federation. The first division was played at an amateur level from its foundation but turned professional in 1951. In 1966, the first true national league was founded and stands today. As of 2010, the league title has been won by over 19 clubs but Universitario, Alianza Lima, and Sporting Cristal share a total of 67 titles of the 101 contested. Universitario and Alianza Lima alone account for half of the titles won. The current champions is Sporting Cristal, winning its 19th championship.
Teams (alphabetical order):
Carlos A. Mannucci
Universidad Csar Vallejo
Universidad San Martn