Van Barneveld must ten years after world title to his body

Van Barneveld must ten years after world title to his body

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Raymond van Barneveld looks for his eersterondepartij at the world cup of darts with nostalgia back at his only world title in 2007. Today, let the darter much better health than when.

Ten years ago he Contacted his first world title at the PDC. Tonight, the 49-year-old Dude in the first round at the world CHAMPIONSHIPS, in action against Robbie Green.

In 2006, stepped the Hagenaar about of dartsbond BDO to the PDC. In his first world cup final, he defeated his great rival Phil Taylor in the winning put to win the race.

“It is unbelievable that it is already ten years ago,” says Van Barneveld against Mirror. “It’s weird to look back to myself in 2007, with a weight of 135 pounds, which is the best darts of his life played.”

“On this kind of days, I want the time that I have a second Big Mac and fries could take if I wanted. Now I have to be careful with food and I can only have one milkshake per day drinking. It is very depressing, but you need to your body listen.”


After his world title achieved ‘Barney’s’ popularity at its peak in the Netherlands. “It was a great time. When I returned to Amsterdam, there were two hundred photographers waiting for me. It was like the Beatles had landed at Schiphol airport, the entire country was crazy.”

The victory over Taylor in 2007 turned out to be the first and last world title Of Barneveld. Last year, he was a stunt by Van Gerwen off in the third round, but two rounds later, his tournament to an end.

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“I took the semi-final, that was really phenomenal. Adrian Lewis, however, was too strong for me. When your every day is a difficult game to play, than it is at a given moment. I’m getting older and my diabetes makes my eyes worse. I was not more fit and energetic enough to have to go for it.”

In the first round at the world cup to find Barneveld Tuesday night Robbie Green. “I don’t want to lose in the first round, because then you have a terrible christmas.”

In a victory will find Van Barneveld in the second round Alan Norris. Then wait for a possible Adrian Lewis. Also favourites Phil Taylor and Michael van Gerwen are in the same half of the schedule, allowing the road to a possible final battle difficult for Van Barneveld.

“I play very well. I still have it in me and I believe in myself. The route to the final is surely tricky, but there can always be miracles happen. But for now, I look no further than the first round.”

The match between Van Barneveld and Green begins Tuesday at 21.45 hours. Christian Kist plays shortly before against Brendan Dolan.

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