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German darts player

Darts player

Florian Hempel (born 10 April 1990) is a professional German darts player who plays in Professional Darts Corporation events, and a former handball player.

Hempel began his sporting career in handball, playing as a goalkeeper for Dessau-Roßlauer HV [de], where he made his professional debut in 2010, and later played for HC Burgenland [de]. Achieving little success, Hempel quit the sport and began playing darts. He made his PDC European Tour debut in the 2019 Dutch Darts Masters, and gained his tour card in 2021.

Early life and career[edit]

Born in Dessau, East Germany,[5] Hempel was a goalkeeper in handball, beginning his career with SG Kühnau,[6] before moving to Dessau-Roßlauer HV [de] in the 2010–11 2. Handball-Bundesliga season.[7] This proved to be his only appearance in the division,[8] and made a further two appearances in the third tier.[6] In 2016, Hempel ended his handball career in Cologne with Longericher Sport Club [de],[9] where he had moved to advance his educational studies;[6] he eventually qualified as a fitness coach and nutritionist.[10]

Hempel began playing darts in his flat in 2017,[7][8] and in 2018 quit his job, registered for unemployment benefits, and took on darts as a full-time job.[11] On his PDC European Tour debut in the Dutch Darts Masters in May 2019, he defeated Ryan Harrington 6–0.[12] Having previously attempting to achieve his Tour Card in both 2018 and 2020,[13] Hempel won his PDC Tour Card during the 2021 European Q-School event.[14] In March, he withdrew from the UK Open due to family reasons.[15] In April, he completed his first nine-dart finish during a European Super League whitewash victory over Marco Obst.[16]

Hempel made his PDC televised début in October in the European Championship, eliminating reigning champion Peter Wright 6–3.[17] The following week, he reached his first semi-final on the PDC Pro Tour before losing 7–3 to Michael Smith.[18] Ahead of his PDC World Darts Championship début, Hempel featured as a guest commentator on Sport1 for the 2021 Grand Slam of Darts.[5] During the 2022 PDC World Darts Championship, Hempel caused a “major upset” when he defeated fifth seed Dimitri Van den Bergh in the second round, averaging 98.37,[10] and described it as “madness”.[19] He would go on to lose 4–1 to Australia’s Raymond Smith in the third round.

World Championship results[edit]


Performance timeline[edit]

PDC European Tour

Performance timeline legend
DNP Did not play in the event DNQ Did not qualify for the event WD Withdrew from the event #R lost in the early rounds of the tournament
(RR = Round robin)
QF lost in the quarter-finals SF lost in the semi-finals F lost in the final W won the tournament

(W) Won; (F) finalist; (SF) semifinalist; (QF) quarterfinalist; (#R) rounds 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1; (RR) round-robin stage; (Prel.) Preliminary round; (DNQ) Did not qualify; (DNP) Did not participate; (NH) Not held; (EX) Excluded; (WD) Withdrew


  1. ^ “Florian Hempel – Mastercaller.com”. Mastercaller. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  2. ^ “Dart Profis – Florian Hempel”. Dartn.de. Retrieved 21 May 2019.
  3. ^ https://dartsnews.com/pdc/winmau-announces-signing-of-german-star-hempel/amp
  4. ^ “PDC Order of Merit”. PDPA. 26 March 2023. Retrieved 26 March 2023.
  5. ^ a b Csányi, Béla (17 November 2021). “Dank Hoffnungsträger Hempel, Kölner Kult-Hit läuft jetzt auch bei der Darts-WM in London” [Thanks to Hope Bearer Hempel, Cologne cult hit now also runs at the Darts World Championships in London]. Express.de (in German). Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  6. ^ a b c “Florian Hempel gelingt Darts-Überraschung gegen van den Bergh” [Florian Hempel succeeds in darts surprise against van den Bergh]. Infowelt (in German). 21 December 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  7. ^ a b Bürkmann, Silvia (27 December 2021). “Ex-Torwart Florian Hempel mischt die Darts-Welt auf – Mama Hempel drückt in Dessau die Daumen” [Ex-goalkeeper Florian Hempel stirs up the darts world – Mama Hempel keeps her fingers crossed in Dessau]. Mitteldeutsche Zeitung (in German). Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  8. ^ a b Landwehr, Tobias (27 December 2021). “Die zweite Chance des Handballtorwarts” [The second chance of the handball goalkeeper]. Die Zeit (in German). Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  9. ^ Eisele, Florian (22 December 2021). “Florian Hempel: Aus dem Handball-Tor zur Darts-WM” [Florian Hempel: From the handball goal to the Darts World Cup]. Augsburger Allgemeine. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  10. ^ a b Gorton, Josh (22 December 2021). “World Darts Championship: Former Handball star Florian Hempel making his mark at Alexandra Palace”. Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  11. ^ Flottmeyer, Lukas (24 February 2021). “Florian Hempel: When one career is not enough…”. Sky Sports. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  12. ^ “Dutch Darts Masters: Hopp, Hempel und Rodriguez in Runde 2” [Dutch Darts Masters: Hopp, Hempel and Rodriguez in Round 2]. Dartn (in German). 24 May 2019. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  13. ^ Hudd, Ben (16 January 2020). “From professional handball to Qualifying School: the story of Germany’s Florian Hempel”. Darts Planet. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  14. ^ “PDC Q-School: Florian Hempel and Jake Jones win Tour Cards as Raymond van Barneveld stumbles”. Sky Sports. 16 February 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  15. ^ Gill, Samuel (4 March 2021). “Reyes and Hempel withdraw from UK Open due to family reasons”. Darts News. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  16. ^ Gill, Samuel (19 April 2021). “Hempel hits first nine-dart finish of 2021 PDC Europe Super League”. Darts News. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  17. ^ “Peter Wright crashes out of European Darts Championship to German Florian Hempel”. Sky Sports. 15 October 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  18. ^ “Super Series: Michael gewinnt Smith-Finale, Hempel unter den Top 4” [Super Series: Michael wins Smith final, Hempel in the top 4]. Dartn (in German). 22 October 2021. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  19. ^ “Debütant Hempel wirft Mitfavorit raus” [Debutant Hempel throws out co-favourite]. Der Spiegel (in German). 22 December 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.

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