2014 European Championship Darts Preview
The European Championships return this October for its seventh instalment on the PDC calendar.
The event will again be held at the RWE-Sporthalle, Mülheim where it has been staged since 2012, an event that the neutral darts fan will approve of greatly.
This is because it is one of the only venues on the circuit that has not been dominated by a certain Phil Taylor.
‘The Power’ won the first four European Championships including the inaugural event in 2008 but since it moved across Germany in 2012, Taylor hasn’t so much as made the final in the following two tournaments.
Last year saw Taylor succumb to a heavy second round defeat to unseeded Belgian Ronny Huybrechts, while another unseeded player Brendan Dolan knocked Taylor out in 2012.
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Defending champion Adrian Lewis will be keen to retain the crown after he beat Simon Whitlock in last years final. The European Championships was only the third PDC premier event that the talented Lewis had won but he has since added to that by winning the UK Open earlier this year.
Lewis was runner-up to Taylor in the first ever European Championships in 2008 and he will hope he can improve on his recent good form to claim the crown again.
The Championships have only been won by a non Englishman on one occasion in 2012 when Australian Simon Whitlock took the crown. Whitlock again made the final in 2013 and will be returning again in the hope that he can carry on his good form in the event.
All eyes may be on Dutchman Michael van Gerwen this year though as the Dutchman continues to impress in 2014. The current PDC World Darts Champion has been setting the pace at the top of the PDC order of merit table for the majority of the year and if he can carry this form into the competition could prove too strong for the competition.
It is a competition that van Gerwen has doesn’t have the fondest memories of, with a semi-final in 2013 his only effort of note in the events history. Whether that will make him more determined to better this time round or again prove to be a tournament that eludes him is anyone’s guess.