German Super League set to recommence featuring Gabriel Clemens and Michael Unterbuchner
The PDC Europe Super League will recommence this weekend as 16 of Germany’s greatest talents compete for a place in the William Hill World Darts Championship.
After the outbreak of coronavirus swept across Europe, the German Super League season was brought to the ground, meaning the first weekend of results have now been classified as voided.
Now, PDC Europe have announced that 16 players will be separated into two groups in a rejigged format, and compete across the next five weekends with a champion being crowned on June 14.
Former German Darts Masters finalist Gabriel Clemens headlines Group A following his success since becoming a PDC tour card holder two years ago.
Clemens will be joined by his fellow tour card holders Christian Bunse and Steffen Siepmann in a high-profile group of participants.
Kevin Munch, who famously ousted Adrian Lewis at the 2018 World Championship, will also line-up in Group A alongside former BDO World Championship semi-finalist Michael Unterbuchner, Kai Gotthardt, Jens Kniest and former World Championship qualifier Sascha Stein.
Group B sees emerging youngster Nico Kurz, who defeated Gary Anderson in the German Darts Masters two years ago, lead the way, joining Thomas Kohnlein, Daniel Klose and Manfred Bilderl.
Dragutin Horvat, who pinned a nine-darter during last year’s German Super League, will also compete in the second group, as will his fellow former World Championship qualifiers Rene Eidams and Maik Langendorf.
Unfortunately, original participants Martin Schindler and Robert Marijanovic will not compete after being replaced by Unterbuchner and Siepmann respectively.
The rescheduled tournament commences on Saturday, with players facing each twice across four match days in each group. Following the group stage, the top four in both groups will prevail to the quarter-finals.
Werner van Moltke, the Managing Director of PDC Europe, said: “This televised event is a great opportunity for the participants to compete with many of the best German players in the competition for a World Championship ticket to the Ally Pally.
“Thanks to the media partnership with Sport1, the participants will also be able to present themselves to a broader public on this stage on free television.”
The German Super League will be broadcasted live across the world throughout both May and June, with PDCTV showing live coverage outside of Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
According to German and Austrian darts expert, Kevin Barth, the tournament will take place in Ismaning, near Munich – where the studios of broadcasters Sport1 are located.
PDC EUROPE GERMAN SUPER LEAGUE
Gabriel Clemens, Kai Gotthardt, Jens Kniest, Kevin Münch, Sascha Stein, Christian Bunse, Steffen Siepmann, Michael Unterbuchner
Maik Langendorf, Rene Eidams, Karsten Koch, Nico Kurz, Thomas Köhnlein, Dragutin Horvat, Daniel Klose, Manfred Bilderl
Saturday May 16 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 17 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday May 23 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday May 24 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Saturday May 30 (1400-2300 CET): Group A
Sunday May 31 (1500-2300 CET): Group A
Saturday June 6 (1400-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 7 (1500-2300 CET): Group B
Sunday June 14 (1500-2300 CET): Quarter-Finals, Semi-Finals & Final
Group Matches: Best of 11 legs
Quarter-Finals: Best of 15 legs
Semi-Finals: Best of 17 legs
Final: Best of 19 legs
(Photography: PDC Europe)