By Alex Osborne: The 24 nations competing in the 2013 Betfair World Cup of Darts have been announced. This year’s World Cup gets underway on February 1st with England’s Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis as defending World Champions. The format has changed back to its original format with there being group stages and the top 2 nations at the end of the group stages qualify for the knockout stage.
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The Netherlands represented by Raymond van Barneveld and Co Stompé won the inaugural World Cup of Darts back in 2010, defeating Wales in the final. England defeated Australia in an enthralling final in 2012 after all players from each nation missed doubles to win the World Cup but it was the 2-time World Champion who held his nerve and pinned double 5 to win the title for England in a sudden death leg of pairs.
Numerous players will be making their debuts in the 2013 World Cup such as ‘Mighty’ Michael van Gerwen who will represent the Netherlands alongside Raymond van Barneveld after shooting up to 4th in the PDC Order of Merit following an incredible 2012 which included winning the World Grand Prix and reaching the final of both the Grand Slam of Darts (which he lost to Barneveld) and the World Darts Championship (where he lost to Phil Taylor).
Also making his World Cup debut is Scotsman Robert Thornton who has booked himself a place in the 2013 McCoy’s Premier League Darts following his first major PDC tournament victory in the form of the 2012 Speedy Services UK Open in which he defeated Phil Taylor in the final. Also, World Cup history will be made as Belgium will become the first nation to be represented by siblings, Kim and Ronny Huybrechts!
1. England (Phil Taylor & Adrian Lewis).
2. Netherlands (Michael van Gerwen & Raymond van Barneveld).
3. Australia (Simon Whitlock & Paul Nicholson).
4. Scotland (Gary Anderson & Robert Thornton).
5. Wales (Mark Webster & Richie Burnett).
6. Northern Ireland (Brendan Dolan & Michael Mansell).
7. Germany (Jyhan Artut & Andree Welge).
8. Republic of Ireland (William O’Connor & Connie Finnan).
1. Spain (Antonio Alcinas & Carlos Rodriguez).
2. Belgium (Kim Huybrechts & Ronny Huybrechts).
3. Canada (John Part & Jeff Smith).
4. Finland (Jani Haavisto & Jarkko Komula).
5. Austria (Mensur Suljovic & Maik Langendorf).
6. Croatia (Robert Marijanovic & Tonci Restovic).
7. Gibraltar (Dyson Parody & Dylan Duo).
8. Denmark (Per Laursen & Jann Hoffmann).
1. Sweden (Magnus Caris & Par Riihonen).
2. Philippines (Lourence Ilagan & Christian Perez).
3. Japan (Haruki Muramatsu & Sho Katsumi).
4. USA (Darin Young & Larry Butler).
5. South Africa (Charl Pietersen & Shawn Hogan).
6. New Zealand (Phil Hazel & Craig Caldwell).
7. Hungary (Nandor Bezzeg & Meszaros Zsolt).
8. Poland (Krzysztof Kcuik & Krzysztof Ratajski).
The winners of the 2013 Betfair World Cup of Darts will receive £20,000 each, the runners-up will receive £10,000 each, the Semi-Finalists will receive £6,500 each, the Quarter-Finalists will receive £3,000 each, the Last 16 losers will receive £1,500 each and the Group Stage losers will receive £1,000 each.