Three-time world champions and reigning Brazil South American champions Sada Cruzeiro are competing in the FIVB Men's Club World Championship for the eighth time this year. They picked up gold medals three times, in 2013, 2015 and 2016 - all in their traditional home of Betim where they return for the 2019 edition.
In addition to their three world gold medals, Sada Cruzeiro also have a silver from the 2012 edition, when they lost to Italy's Trentino Diatec in four sets in the final in Doha and a bronze from the 2017 edition when they beat Poland's PGE Skra Belchatow 3-0 in the third-place playoff at Krakow. They finished fifth last year in Poland.
Founded in 2006 in Betim, part of the Belo Horizonte metropolitan area in the state of Minas Gerais, Sada merged with Cruzeiro in 2009 and is now based in neighbouring Contagem.
Sada Cruzeiro have won the Brazil Superleague title six times, including back-to-back from 2014 to 2018, before they were dethroned by Funvic Taubate this year.
They have also dominated the South American Club Championship, claiming the title a record six times in 2012, 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018 and 2019 in addition to a bronze in 2009 and a silver in 2015. For this year's gold they beat Argentina's UPCN San Juan 3-1 in the final at Belo Horizonte.