Walk into any bar in the US, UK, or Australia, and you're bound to see two opponents fighting it out head-to-head or just enjoying a casual, relaxed game of darts in the pub. The sport has been taking the world by storm and is bound to grow in popularity as more and more viewers tune-in for professional darts tournaments.
The 2020 Premier League Darts may have only concluded in mid-October, butmany fans are already looking ahead to next year's event. With the line-up typically announced at the beginning of January, there has predictably been plenty of speculation about which players are likely to get the nod in 2021. The tournament is held between February and May and has become extremely popular since its inception in 2005. Next year's schedule will include the Brighton Centre and Berlin's Mercedes-Benz Arena on along with a number of familiar venues.
Regarded as one of darts’ greatest enigmas, Raymond van Barneveld walked away from the sport in 2019 after the 2019-20 World Championship. After suffering a first-round defeat to Darin Young, the Dutchman stated that he would “never forgive” himself following his below-par final year on the tour. However, in typical Van Barneveld fashion, the 53-year-old is targeting a return to the circuit through Q School in 2021. So, let’s consider whether Barney is right to launch a comeback.
We now know the four players who will compete on Premier League finals night in 2020 at the O2 Arena after they earnt one of the qualifying spots.
In what has been a very different season in the PDC, here is a look at how the four players qualified and their chances of lifting the trophy next month.
The 28th PDC World Championship is set to take place at London's Alexandra Palace between 18 December 2020 and 4 January 2021, and it promises to be a fascinating affair, as always. The World Championship never looks quite right without Phil Taylor among the favourites, given that The Power has a staggering 14 titles and 5 runner-up finishes to his name. While nobody else has been able to dominate quite like Taylor, this is a tournament where you expect to see the sport's big names contending at its business end.
In 2012, Nathan Aspinall began his career on the PDC tour. Since then, the 29-year-old has become of the sport’s best players, securing his position in the prestigious Premier League. Over the last two years, the Stockport-born competitor has taken his game to new heights, with many now believing that he is the next big thing in English darts. So, let’s consider whether The Asp could become the next English world champion.
During the Second World War Darts was huge in UK pubs. Various regional boards were at this time familiar across the country and solders from the USA Canada, and Australia took to the game quickly. They helped spread the sports as we know now it far and wide. However, dartboards were used by MI9 (Military Intelligence) and propaganda from both sides featured in everything from board games to target games.
Read more about this period of history and how dart boosted morale and helped PoWs escape their capturers. The Blitzkrieg Dartboard which we know little about and this mysterious ‘Gilboard’ manufacture that may have never been! .
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