2021 Cazoo World Cup of Darts 32-team guide

Dave Chisnall

Get to know this year's Cazoo World Cup of Darts nations and competitors with our 32-team guide...


Four-time champions England tasted glory in 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, all of which were won under the representation of Phil Taylor and Adrian Lewis. 2020 saw Rob Cross and Michael Smith finish runners-up.

James Wade
Age: 38
From: Aldershot, England
Wade will be making his first World Cup appearance since 2010, when he partnered Phil Taylor in a shock second round defeat to Spain. The 2021 UK Open champion has reached one Players Championship final and two semi-finals in 2021. In 2020 he came runner-up in the European Championship and Grand Slam of Darts.

Dave Chisnall 
Age: 40
From: Morecambe
Chisnall previously played in the 2017 and 2018 World Cups - he was a semi-finalist with Adrian Lewis in 2017 and a quarter-finalist with Rob Cross in 2018. A two-time World Grand Prix runner-up, he has also reached the finals of the Grand Slam of Darts, The Masters, Players Championship Finals & Lakeside Championship.


Reigning champions Wales will once again be represented by Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton, who defeated England in last year's final. Wales were runners-up in 2010 (Mark Webster & Barrie Bates) and 2017 (Mark Webster & Barrie Bates) - losing both times to the Netherlands.
Gerwyn Price
Age: 36
From: Markham, Wales
Making his sixth successive appearance in the event, Price is the reigning World Champion, World Grand Prix champion and World Series of Darts Finals champion. He won the Hungarian Darts Trophy (ET1) last weekend, defeating Michael Smith in the final.

Jonny Clayton
Age: 46
From: Pontyberem, Wales
Clayton will be fourth successive World Cup appearance. The winner of The Masters and Premier League in 2021, he has also won two Players Championship events and was a semi-finalist in the 2020 UK Open and European Championship.


Four-times champions, in 2010 (Raymond van Barneveld & Co Stompe), 2014, 2017 & 2018 (Raymond van Barneveld & Michael van Gerwen).

Michael van Gerwen 
Age: 32
From: Vlijmen, Netherlands
Van Gerwen will be making his ninth successive World Cup appearance, having won three times (2014, 2017, 2018). His last title came in November 2020 at the Players Championship Finals, while in 2021 he has so far been a semi-finalist in the Premier League, UK Open and World Matchplay and quarter-finalist at the 2020/21 World Championship. Van Gerwen won the 2017 European Tour event which was staged in Jena.

Dirk van Duijvenbode
Age: 29
From: 's-Gravenzande, Netherlands
Making World Cup debut
Van Duijvenbode came runner-up in the 2020 World Grand Prix, and in the same year reached the quarter-finals of European Championship, Players Championship Finals and World Championship having begun 2020 at Qualifying School after losing his PDC Tour Card. He now sits 21st on the PDC Order of Merit.


2013 World Cup runners-up (Kim & Ronny Huybrechts), also semi-finalists from 2015-2018 and in 2020, and quarter-finalists in 2012, 2014 and 2019.

Dimitri Van den Bergh
Age: 27
From: Antwerp, Belgium
Van den Bergh is making his fourth successive World Cup appearance, having reached two semi-finals and one quarter-final so far. He is the 2020 World Matchplay champion and 2021 runner-up of the same event, a two-time World Youth Champion and 2020 Grand Slam semi-finalist.

Kim Huybrechts
Age: 35
From: Antwerp, Belgium
Huybrechts is making his tenth successive World Cup appearance, having finished runner-up in 2013 and reaches the semi-finals on five occasions. The 2012 Players Championship Finals runner-up has reached the quarter-finals or better in every year.


Semi-finalists in 2014 (Brendan Dolan & Mickey Mansell) and 2016 (Brendan Dolan & Daryl Gurney) and also reached 2012 and 2015 quarter-finals. They have lost in the first round in three of last four years.

Daryl Gurney
Age: 35
From: Derry, Northern Ireland 
Gurney is making his sixth successive World Cup appearance, having reached the semi-finals on debut in 2016. He is a 2016 World Grand Prix & 2018 Players Championship Finals winner, and quarter-finalist in the 2020/21 World Championship.

Brendan Dolan
Age: 48
From: Belcoo, Northern Ireland
A World Cup ever-present, Dolan is making his 11th appearance this year - twice reaching the semi-finals. The 2011 World Grand Prix runner-up was also a semi-finalist in the 2012 World Grand Prix and European Championship. Dolan has won one Players Championship event in 2021.


2019 World Cup winners (Peter Wright & Gary Anderson) & runners-up in 2015 & 2018.

Peter Wright
Age: 51
From: Mendham, England
Wright is making his seventh World Cup appearance, having won in 2019 and finished runners-up twice. He is the 2021 World Matchplay champion and reigning European Champion, and has won four Players Championships in 2021. Wright was the 2019/20 World Champion, 2020 Masters champion and also 2017 UK Open winner.

John Henderson
Age: 48
From: Huntly, Scotland
Henderson made his World Cup debut in 2020 alongside Robert Thornton, reaching the second round where the pair were defeated by Wales. He is a 2017 World Grand Prix semi-finalist and a quarter-finalist in the 2011 World Grand Prix & 2015 European Championship.


2012 runners-up (Simon Whitlock & Paul Nicholson) and semi-finalists in 2020, 2014 & 2018. Quarter-finalists in 2020.

Simon Whitlock
Age: 52
From: Hornsby, Australia 
Whitlock is a World Cup ever-present for Australia, finishing runners-up in 2012. He is a 2012 European Championship winner, and runner-up in the 2010 World Championshi, 2017 World Grand Prix, 2013 & 2018 European Championship, 2012 Premier League and 2008 Lakeside Championship. He was a semi-finalist in the 2020 World Grand Prix and Grand Slam of Darts.

Damon Heta
Age: 34
From: Perth, Australia
Heta was a quarter-finalist on his World Cup debut last year. The 2019 Brisbane Darts Masters winner won a Players Championship in 2020 after securing Tour Card at 2020 PDC Qualifying School. He also reached the quarter-finals of the Grand Slam of Darts & Players Championship Finals in 2020.


2020 semi-finalists (Gabriel Clemens & Max Hopp) in best run - also quarter-finalists in 2013, 2015, 2017 & 2018.

Gabriel Clemens
Age: 38
From: Saarwellingen, Germany
Clemens was a World Cup semi-finalist on debut in 2020. He reached the last 16 of the 2020/21 World Championship and the 2021 UK Open. Clemens joined the PDC circuit in 2017 and is now the top-ranked German player.

Max Hopp
Age: 25
From: Idstein, Germany
Making his seventh successive World Cup appearance, Hopp reached the semi-finals in 2020 and two quarter-finals alongside Martin Schindler.  He is the 2015 World Youth Champion and 2018 European Championship semi-finalist.

Four-time quarter-finalists - in 2016, 2017, 2019 and 2020.

Mensur Suljovic 
Age: 49
From: Vienna, Austria
World Cup ever-present, reaching four quarter-finals.
2017 Champions League winner and runner-up in 2016 European Championship and 2018 World Matchplay.
Missed World Matchplay through illness - played in Hungarian Darts Trophy last weekend which was first competition since April.

Rowby-John Rodriguez
Age: 27
From: Vienna, Austria
Making sixth World Cup appearance, previously playing in 2014-2017 and 2020, reaching three quarter-finals.
2014 World Youth Championship runner-up to Keegan Brown.
Has played in five World Championships.
Won a 2021 Challenge Tour event in June and reached two other semi-finals - finishing third on final Challenge Tour Order of Merit.

Competing in fifth World Cup. Reached R2 in 2017 and 2018 and lost in R1 for past two years.
Second time with Diogo Portela & Artur Valle - previously in 2019 when lost to Sweden in R1.

Diogo Portela
Age: 33
From: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Playing in fifth successive World Cup. Has previously played with Alexandre Sattin in 2017 and Bruno Rangel in 2018 & 2020.
Moved to UK to be a professional player. Has played in four World Championships (2018-2021) and at 2019 UK Open, and won a Challenge Tour event in 2018.

Artur Valle
Age: 55
From: Fortaleza, Brazil
Making second World Cup appearance, previously in 2019.
Won Qualifier in Brazil in July to win World Cup place; defeated Ze Mario Portela in the 6-2 in the final.
Seven-time Brazilian champion (most national titles).


World Cup quarter-finalists in 2016, 2019 and 2020.
Smith and Campbell paired together for second successive year.

Jeff Smith
Age: 45
From: New Brunswick, Canada
Played in 2013 World Cup with John Part, losing in R2, and in 2020 alongside Matt Campbell, reaching QF.
PDC Tour Card Holder in 2011/2012 and 2020/21, twice winning through Qualifying School.
2018 North American Championship winner and runner-up in 2019 to Danny Baggish.
2016 Lakeside Championship runner-up. Has played in three PDC World Championships.

Matt Campbell
Age: 31
From: Hamilton, Canada
Played at European Qualifying School this year (easier for travel from Canada) and as such played in European Challenge Tour, winning 3 of 12 events and topping Order of Merit to win 2022/23 Tour Card and place in forthcoming Grand Slam and World Championship.
Has played in last two World Championships as Canadian qualifier from CDC circuit.


Eighth successive World Cup appearance for China, first competed in 2014.
Reached second round in 2016 - Yuanjun Liu and Wenge Xie - before losing to England.
Qualifying events in China were streamed, and the China Premier League event is currently being streamed through PDCTV too.

Jianfeng Lu 
Age: 43
From: Shenyang, China
World Cup debut.
Defeated Wenge Xie 7-6 in final of qualifying event in July.

Wenqing Liu
Age: 43
From: Xian, China
World Cup debut
Qualified from China Premier League event in July.


Seventh successive World Cup appearance since 2015. Had withdrawn from 2010 World Cup due to travel issues. Have yet to win past first round.

Karel Sedlacek
Age: 42
From: Bohdasin, Czech Republic
Making fifth successive World Cup appearance.
Played in 2019 and 2021 World Championships and twice in Lakeside Championship, and twice in UK Open. Reached Last 16 of 2020 Players Championship Finals.
Won PDC Tour Card in 2020.

Adam Gawlas
Age: 19
From: Návsí, Czech Republic
Making second successive World Cup appearance, made debut alongside Karel Sedlacek last year.
2019 World Youth Championship runner-up, making his breakthrough earlier that year by qualifying for Austrian Darts Championship European Tour event. 
Competed in 2020 Grand Slam of Darts, losing in group stage.
Won PDC Tour Card at 2021 European Qualifying School.
Reached quarter-finals of Hungarian Darts Trophy last weekend, losing 6-5 to Jose de Sousa.


World Cup ever-presents, having reached second round in 2012 and 2016.

Andreas Toft Jørgensen
Age: 26
From: Haderslev, Denmark
Making World Cup debut.
Impressed in PDCNB events in Iceland last month, reaching one final and one semi-final.
Will compete next weekend in Nordic Darts Masters event.

Niels Heinsøe
Age: 52
From: Samsoe, Denmark
Making third successive World Cup appearance, having played alongside Per Laursen in 2019 and 2020.
Runner-up in a PDCNB event in Iceland recently.
Formerly played in World Masters three times and won Catalunya Open in 2018.


Semi-Finalists in 2013 World Cup - Jarkko Komula and Jani Haavisto. Have one reached second round once since - in 2018.

Marko Kantele
Age: 53
From: Vääksy, Finland
Making seventh successive World Cup appearance and ninth in total. Played in 2010 with Jarkko Komula and 2012 with Petri Korte, from 2015-2019 with Kim Viljanen and in 2020 with Veijo Viinikka.
Has played four times in PDC World Championship and at 2019 and 2020 UK Opens.
Also played once in Lakeside Championship and nine times in World Masters.
Has played on PDC's affiliated tour in Scandinavia/Nordic & Baltic region since 2014.

Veijo Viinikka
Age: 54
From: Jyväskylä, Finland
Making second successive World Cup appearance
Qualified for 2011 World Championship, losing 4-2 to Roland Scholten in preliminary round.
Winner on PDC-affiliated SDC circuit in Denmark in 2012.
Four-time World Masters qualifier.


World Cup ever-presents. Only win came in 2015, with Dyson Parody & Manuel Vilerio defeating Italy before losing to Australia.

Sean Negrette
Age: 19
From: Gibraltar
Making World Cup debut
Has played on Development Tour in 2019, 2020 and 2021.
Also competed in 2020 World Youth Championship and in qualifiers for 2019 Gibraltar Darts Trophy.

Justin Hewitt
Age: 19
From: Gibraltar
Played in 2020 World Cup alongside Craig Galliano, losing to Lithuania in R1.
Qualified for 2019 Gibraltar Darts Trophy
Has played on Development Tour in 2019, 2020 and 2021, and in World Youth Championship in 2019 and 2020.
Trainee plasterer by trade.


Making sixth successive World Cup appearance. Reached second round in 2017 and 2020.
Late replacements for Croatia this year (Boris Krmar withdrew through illness)

John Michael
Age: 47
From: Athens, Greece
Making sixth World Cup appearance, played with Ioannis Selachoglou in 2016-2017 and since 2018 with Veniamin Symeonidis

Veniamin Symeonidis
Age: 58
From: Drama, Greece
Fourth successive World Cup appearance.
Has played in European Qualifying School for past three years and competes on Challenge Tour.
Based in Lauf, Germany


Making eighth successive World Cup appearance, with Royden Lam & Scott MacKenzie having reached 2015 quarter-finals.

Kai Fan Leung
Age: 37
From: Hong Kong 
Making fourth World Cup appearance, previously playing in 2017, 2019 and 2020 with Royden Lam.

Man Lok Leung
Age: 22
From: Hong Kong
Making World Cup debut. Won through Qualifying series in Hong Kong, was winner in two of four knockout events.
Played in 2017 and 2020 World Youth Championship and on Development Tour in 2020.


Making tenth successive World Cup appearance. Reached second round in 2015 and 2016.
Végső and Kovács playing together for second successive year.

János Végső
Age: 30
From: Budapest, Hungary
Making fourth World Cup appearance in past five years.
Made European Tour debut in 2016 by qualifying for two events.
Played in 2019, 2020 and 2021 European Qualifying School.
Played in Hungarian Darts Trophy last weekend, losing 6-5 to Joe Murnan in R1.

Patrik Kovács
Age: 25
From: Ozd, Hungary
Previously played in 2016 World Cup alongside Nandor Bezzeg, reaching second round by defeating Thailand before losing to Belgium.
Has qualified for Gibraltar Darts Trophy later in September, and played in 2019, 2020 and 2021 European Qualifying Schools.
Has Development Tour experience.


Playing in ninth successive World Cup.

Danilo Vigato
Age: 49
From: Torino, Italy
Making World Cup debut after winning through Qualifier in August.
Played in a European Tour qualifier in 2012. 
Has won ten titles on Italian circuit. Truck driver by trade, nicknamed The Tractor.

Michele Turetta
Age: 36
From: Vicenza, Italy
Played in 2019 and 2020 European Qualifying School, as well as in European Tour Qualifiers.
Reached Last 16 of South-East Europe World Championship Qualifier in 2019


World Cup ever-presents. Reached 2019 semi-finals with Haruki Muramatsu & Seigo Asada, as well as 2018 quarter-finals. Muramatsu and Sho Katsumi reached 2013 quarter-finals.
New pairing for 2021.

Jun Matsuda
Age: 50
From: Hokkaido, Japan
Making World Cup debut
Won through Qualifier in Japan in July

Yoshihisa Baba
Age: 34
From: Tokyo, Japan
Making World Cup debut
Replaced Toyokazu Shibata, who withdrew after being a qualifier due to travel issues.
Currently 16th in PDJ rankings in Japan.


Competing for third successive year with same pairing. Reached R2 in 2020 World Cup, defeating Gibraltar then losing to England.

Darius Labanauskas
Age: 45
From: Garliava, Lithuania
Making third World Cup appearance.
Quarter-finalist in 2020 World Championship, one of three appearances in that event. Also played in three UK Opens, two Players Championship Finals and 2020 European Championship.

Mindaugas Barauskas
Age: 41
From: Prienai, Lithuania
Making third World Cup appearance.
Played in 2019, 2020 and 2021 European Qualifying Schools and on Challenge Tuor.
Made European Tour debut in 2020 European Darts Grand Prix.


Making seventh World Cup appearance. Reached second round in 2016 (Alex Tagarao & Gilbert Ulang).
Pairing of Ilagan and Perez competed in 2012, losing to USA in round one.

Lourence Ilagan 
Age: 43
From: Cainta, Philippines
Making fifth World Cup appearance, having played alongside Christian Perez in 2012, Gilbert Ulang in 2015 and Noel Malicdem in 2019-2020.
Has played five times in World Championship: 2009, 2013, 2019, 2020, 2021.
Multiple winner on PDC Asian Tour circuit and has a lot of Soft-Tip event wins.

Christian Perez
Age: 39
From: Koronadal City, Philippines
Previously played in 2012 World Cup alongside Lourence Ilagan.
Three-time qualifier for World Championship, in 2010, 2012 and 2015. Won through preliminary round in 2010 and 2012.
Former Soft-Tip event winner.


Making tenth World Cup appearance - have played in all events other than 2012. Reached second round in 2013, 2014, 2019 and 2020.
This pairing competed together in 2010, 2013 and 2020.

Krzysztof Ratajski 
Age: 44
From: Warsaw, Poland
Making eighth World Cup appearance and sixth in a row. 
2019 Gibraltar Darts Trophy winner and former World Masters champion.
Semi-finalist in 2021 World Matchplay and quarter-finalist in 2021 World Championship and UK Open.

Krzysztof Kciuk
Age: 41
From: Krakow, Poland
Making fourth World Cup appearance, partnered Krzysztof Ratajski in 2010, 2013 and 2020.
Qualified for 2010 World Championship, losing in preliminary round to Haruki Muramatsu.
Also played in 2019 Lakeside Championship.
Won PDC Tour Card in 2020 at European Qualifying School.


Making second World Cup appearance, having replaced Singapore in 2020. Defeated Hungary 5-0 before losing to Austria.

Jose de Sousa
Age: 47
From: Azambuja, Portugal
Second successive World Cup appearance.
2020 Grand Slam of Darts winner. Also won a European Tour title in 2020.
2021 Premier League runner-up & hit nine-darter in Premier League. Has won three Players Championships this year.

Jose Marques
Age: 38
From: Setubal, Portugal
Second successive World Cup appearance.
Competed in UK Qualifying School in 2020 and 2021, hitting a nine-darter this year.
Also played on 2021 Challenge Tour.


2019 World Cup finalists, losing to Scotland. Have lost in second round six times. First round defeat to Australia in 2020.

William O’Connor
Age: 35
From: Cappamore, Ireland
World Cup ever-present - has had three partners (Mick McGowan, Connie Finnan & Steve Lennon).
Played in 2020 Premier League in Dublin.
Quarter-finalist in 2019 Players Championship Finals and 2020 European Championship.
Has qualified for last four World Championships and played in 11 UK Opens and four World Grand Prix.

Steve Lennon
Age: 27
From: Carlow, Ireland
Making fourth successive World Cup appearance alongside William O'Connor.
Development Tour event winner in 2016.
Quarter-finalist in 2018 Players Championship Finals, and four-time World Championship qualifier.
Played in 2019 Premier League in Dublin.


Making ninth World Cup appearance. Quarter-finalists in 2017 with partnership of Aleksandr Oreshkin & Boris Koltsov.

Boris Koltsov
Age: 32
From: Khimki, Russia
Making seventh successive World Cup appearance, has previously played three times each with Aleksei Kadochnikov and Aleksandr Oreshkin.
Has played four times in World Championship and in 2020 & 2021 UK Opens.
Won a PDC Tour Card at 2021 European Qualifying School.

Evgenii Izotov
Age: 46
From: St Petersburg, Russia
Previously played in 2014 World Cup alongside Evgenii Zhukov, losing to Scotland in R1.
Replaced Dmitriy Gorbunov in Russian team following withdrawal due to travel issues.


Played in six successive World Cups from 2014-2019 with pairing of Paul & Harith Lim. Reached 2017 quarter-finals. Withdrew in 2020 due to travel issues.

Paul Lim
Age: 67
From: Singapore
Making seventh World Cup appearance.
Has played 13 times in PDC World Championship since 1997. Also played in World Matchplay, World Grand Prix and Las Vegas Desert Classic.
Played in 12 Lakeside Championships from 1982-1994, hitting a nine-darter in the 1990 event.

Harith Lim
Age: 51
From: Singapore
Making seventh World Cup appearance.
Vast experience on circuit, playing on PDC Asian Tour, Soft-Tip circuit and was 1986 World Youth Masters winner.


Making tenth World Cup appearance. Quarter-finalists in 2012 (Devon Petersen & Shawn Hogan) and 2014 (Devon Petersen & Graham Filby).
Pairing of Devon Petersen & Carl Gabriel competing together for second successive year, having lost to Poland in 2020 R1.

Devon Petersen
Age: 35
From: Mitchell's Plain, South Africa
Playing in ninth World Cup - 2012 & 2014-date. Carl Gabriel is sixth partner in that time (Shawn Hogan, Graham Filby, Deon Oliver, Liam O'Brien, Vernon Bouwers & Carl Gabriel).
Broke onto PDC circuit at 2011 World Championship. Won first ranking title in 2020 at German Darts Championship.
2020 European Championship semi-finalist & 2021 UK Open quarter-finalist.
Has made eight World Championship appearances, seven UK Open appearances and made World Matchplay debut last month.

Carl Gabriel
Age: 30
From: Gauteng, South Africa
Competing in second successive World Cup.
Has previously won a "Last Man Standing" event organised by Devon Petersen in Pietermaritzburg in 2018.


World Cup ever-presents. Reached 2010 semi-finals and 2013 quarter-finals. Toni Alcinas played in ten World Cups from 2010-2020. New pairing for 2021. Cristo Reyes has not been competing during Covid pandemic, and Toni Alcinas lost Tour Card.

Jesus Noguera
Age: 31
From: Alicante, Spain
Made World Cup debut alongside Toni Alcinas in 2020, defeating Italy then losing to Spain.
Won PDC Tour Card for 2020-2021 from Challenge Tour Order of Merit, after winning two Challenge Tour events in 2019.

Jose Justicia
Age: 32
From: Alicante, Spain
Making World Cup debut.
Held PDC Tour Card in 2018-2019. 
Played at 2021 European Qualifying School & won one Challenge Tour event. Has also played 12 Players Championships this year as an Associate Member due to high ranking on Q School Order of Merit.

World Cup ever-presents. Have reached second round in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2019. This year is seventh different pairing.

Daniel Larsson
Age: 40
From: Storvreta, Sweden
Making sixth World Cup appearance, having played from 2015-2018 and in 2020. Has yet to win a match.
Played in 2019 and 2021 World Championships. Also competed in 2009 and 2015 Lakeside Championship.
In second year as a PDC Tour Card Holder.
Former event winner on PDCNB circuit.

Johan Engström
Age: 45
From: Sodertalje, Sweden
Making World Cup debut.
Played in Hungarian Darts Trophy last weekend, losing 6-4 to William Borland in R1.
Also played in European Tour events in 2018 and 2019 and has competed in European Qualifying School for last two years.
Competes on PDC Nordic & Baltic circuit.


World Cup ever-presents. Reached 2012 quarter-finals with Darin Young & Gary Mawson.
PDC Tour Card Holder Danny Baggish and CDC qualifier Darin Young had been set to be original pairing but both withdrew. Danny Lauby and Chuck Puleo were next two ranked players on CDC 20-event Order of Merit used to select World Cup places.
Same pairing as 2020, when they lost in R1 to Austria

Danny Lauby
Age: 28
From: Terre Haute, USA
Making second successive World Cup appearance.
Lost 3-2 to Ryan Searle in World Championship debut last December.
2019 CDC Continental Cup winner. Two-time World Youth Championship qualifier.
Has played for four successive years in PDC Qualifying School.

Chuck Puleo
Age: 48
From: Mesa, USA
Making third successive World Cup appearance, having reached second round in 2019 alongside Darin Young.
Made World Championship debut in 2019, losing to Dimitri Van den Bergh.
Played in 2019 and 2020 PDC Qualifying School and on Challenge Tour.
Former winner on CDC circuit.