The World Cup of Darts 2019 will take place from 6-9 June in Hamburg. Dartsnews introduces the competing nations ahead of the start of the event.

We are paying attention to Italy and Japan in this article. The Italians are competing in the World Cup of Darts for the seventh time, while Japanese have entered the field for the ninth time.

Italy

Although Italy has already participated six times in the World Cup of Darts, there are two debutants on the stage this year. Andrea Micheletti and Stefano Tomassetti form a team for the first time at this tournament.
Renewal was needed, because Italy has never won a match at this nations tournament. The Italians were the winners of two qualifying tournaments. Both players participated in the European Q-School this year, but both did not get any further than the last 32 during one of the four days.

Andrea Micheletti

Nickname: Bobocop
Age: 42
World Cup participations: 1
Best performance: Debut (2019)
First round opponent: Canada
PDC Ranking: –

Stefano Tomassetti

Nickname: Mijanbu
Age: 38
World Cup participations: 1
Best performance: Debut (2019)
First round opponent: Canada
PDC Ranking: –

Andrea Micheletti and Stefano Tomassetti represent Italy at the World Cup of Darts

Andrea Micheletti and Stefano Tomassetti. Photo’s: Facebook

Japan

Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu represent Japan for the second consecutive year at the World Cup. The Asians were successful last year as they reached the quarter-finals after defeating Austria and Canada. They were beaten by Scotland in the quarter-finals.
While Asada makes his second appearance, Muramatsu is one of the ever presents. He also reached the quarter-finals in 2013, where he lost to England with his teammate Sho Katsumi.

Seigo Asada

Nickname: The Ninja
Age: 39
World Cup participations: 2
Best performance: Quarter-Finals (2018)
First round opponent: Gibraltar
PDC Ranking: –

Haruki Muramatsu

Nickname: Rising Sun
Age: 42
World Cup participations: 9
Best performance: Quarter-Finals (2013 and 2018)
First round opponent: Gibraltar
PDC Ranking: –

Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu represent Japan at the World Cup of Darts

Seigo Asada and Haruki Muramatsu. Photos: Kelly Deckers/PDC

Previously introduced teams

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Author: Pieter