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European Championship (darts)

European Championship
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Tournament information
Venue Ethias Arena
Location Hasselt
Country Belgium
Established 2008
Organisation(s) PDC
Format Legs
Prize fund £250,000 (2014)
Month(s) Played Various
Current champion(s)
23x15px Michael van Gerwen

The European Championship is a PDC darts tournament which allows the top European players to compete with the highest ranked players from the PDC Order of Merit. The tournament takes place in a variety of months and features a field of 32. The inaugural tournament – the 2008 European Championship – was held at the Südbahnhof in Frankfurt, Germany and featured a prize fund of £200,000.[1] The tournament moved to the Claus Hotel & Event Center in Hoofddorp, Netherlands for 2009 featuring a similar prize fund.[2] The tournament returned to Germany in 2010, where it was held at Dinslaken. The 2011 tournament remained in Germany, only this time, it took place in Düsseldorf – the capital of North Rhine-Westphalia. From 2012 to 2014, the tournament took place in Mülheim, Germany. In 2015, the tournament will take place for the first time in Hasselt, Belgium.

Phil Taylor won the tournament on each of the first four stagings of the event, before Simon Whitlock took the title in 2012. Adrian Lewis gained -at that time- his third major win after beating Whitlock in the 2013 edition of the tournament. The current champion is Michael van Gerwen who beat Terry Jenkins in the final of the 2014 tournament. [3]

Final results

Year Champion (average in final) Legs Runner-up (average in final) Prize Fund Champion Runner-up Venue Duration
2008 23x15px Phil Taylor (104.35) 11–5 23x15px Adrian Lewis (96.56) £200,000 £50,000 £25,000 23x15px Südbahnhof, Frankfurt October 30 to November 2 (3 days)
2009 23x15px Phil Taylor (109.35) 11–3 23x15px Steve Beaton (97.16) £200,000 £50,000 £20,000 23x15px Claus Event Center, Hoofddorp October 29 to November 1 (4 days)
2010 23x15px Phil Taylor (105.74) 11–1 23x15px Wayne Jones (94.64) £200,000 £50,000 £20,000 23x15px Stadthalle Dinslaken, Dinslaken July 29 to August 1 (4 days)
2011 23x15px Phil Taylor (109.29) 11–8 23x15px Adrian Lewis (98.72) £200,000 £50,000 £20,000 23x15px Maritim Hotel, Düsseldorf July 28 to 31 (4 days)
2012 23x15px Simon Whitlock (94.91) 11–5 23x15px Wes Newton (89.47) £200,000 £50,000 £20,000 23x15px RWE-Sporthalle, Mülheim September 20 to 23 (4 days)
2013 23x15px Adrian Lewis (103.34) 11–6 23x15px Simon Whitlock (99.59) £200,000 £50,000 £20,000 July 4 to 7 (4 days)
2014 23x15px Michael van Gerwen (98.16) 11–4 23x15px Terry Jenkins (92.90) £250,000 £55,000 £25,000 October 24 to 26 (3 days)
2015 £300,000 £65,000 £35,000 23x15px Ethias Arena, Hasselt October 30 to November 1 (3 days)

Finalists

[4]

Player Finals Played Won Runner-up
23x15px Phil Taylor 4 4 0
23x15px Adrian Lewis 3 1 2
23x15px Simon Whitlock 2 1 1
23x15px Michael van Gerwen 1 1 0
23x15px Steve Beaton 1 0 1
23x15px Terry Jenkins 1 0 1
23x15px Wayne Jones 1 0 1
23x15px Wes Newton 1 0 1

Television coverage

The PDC announced on August 12, 2008 that ITV4 would broadcast the entire event.[1] This was the second PDC darts tournament that ITV4 have broadcast, after the inaugural Grand Slam of Darts – after its rating success ITV had chosen to broadcast this event as well as the 2008 Grand Slam of Darts.

The 2009 event was not televised, but the 2010 event was broadcast on Bravo, which screened live darts for the first time in its history.[5] However, Bravo ceased broadcasting at the start of 2011. On June 26, 2011, it was announced that ITV4 would broadcast the 2011 event.[6] In the Netherlands it is broadcast on RTL7 and in Germany it is broadcast on Sport1. On August 8, 2012 it was announced that ESPN would televise the event, becoming the first broadcaster to show both BDO and PDC dart tournaments. From 2013, the tournament returned to ITV4 as part of a deal between ITV and the PDC to show 4 tournaments from the PDC calendar.

List of United Kingdom Broadcasters

Sponsorship

PartyPoker.net sponsored first six editions of the tournament – they also sponsored the US Open and the Las Vegas Desert Classic, two other non-defunct televised PDC events.

In 2014, 888.com took over sponsoring of the tournament.[7]

References

  1. ^ a b PDC website report – European Championship Details Confirmed from the Professional Darts Corporation, retrieved 12-08-2008
  2. ^ "European Championship Venue". pdc.tv. 2009-04-22. Retrieved 2009-04-23. 
  3. ^ "Michael van Gerwen wins European Championship". sportsmole.co.uk. 2014-10-26. Retrieved 2014-10-26. 
  4. ^ "European Championship Winners". Darts Database. Retrieved 24 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "PDC Link Up With Bravo". pdc.tv. 2010-05-22. Retrieved 2010-05-22. 
  6. ^ "European Championship On ITV4". pdc.tv. 2011-06-24. Retrieved 2011-06-24. 
  7. ^ http://sportsnewsireland.com/other_sports/888-com-european-championship-darts-preview-schedule-of-play-results/

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