FOX Sports Counts Down to 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Russian Neoclassical Pianist and Composer Kirill Richter Debuts FOX Sports Original Theme Song

FOX Sports, the official English-language broadcaster of the 2018 FIFA World Cup, celebrates the milestone 100-days to the tournament’s kickoff in Russia.

In honour of the occasion, the network is unveiling its original theme song “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” and featuring company-wide coverage and initiatives across all FOX Networks Group channels, including television, digital and social platforms.

For its first men’s FIFA World Cup presentation, airing on FOX and FS1 from 14 June to 15 July, the network partnered with Russian neoclassical pianist and composer, Kirill Richter, to create “Where Angels Fear to Tread,” the network’s original theme song.

Influenced by Russia’s rich culture, the composition is comprised of bold, complex and emotionally-charged passages using a 23-piece orchestra, featuring strings, trumpets, cornets and a piano. The piece was recorded in Moscow for what is expected to be the summer’s most-anticipated sporting event.

“Now, we celebrate another milestone in our journey to Russia. We are delighted to kick off the celebration by unveiling Kirill’s extraordinary World Cup theme music, rolling out the digital and social campaigns and implementing company-wide initiatives, helping to build momentum before the tournament begins on 14 June,” said David Neal, Executive Producer of FIFA World Cup on FOX and Vice President of Production for FOX Sports.

Renowned Russian musician, producer and DJ, Leonid Rudenko, will also join the network for the tournament as the resident DJ of World Cup Tonight, the nightly recap show hosted by two-time, Emmy award-winning broadcaster, Fernando Fiore.

The network’s Emmy award-winning features team will produce 100 FIFA World Cup features, and video essays, premiering on 14 June during coverage of the opening match. These pieces provide audiences with a one-of-kind storytelling journeys of the most compelling and inspiring athletes and teams participating in the tournament.

In collaboration with National Geographic and its elite team of photographers, and journalists, 32 features place the spotlight on Russia’s picturesque cities, culture and people.