Fox Soccer Channel will commemorate its 10th anniversary with a half-hour special next Thursday.
Hosted by network commentator Max Bretos, A Decade to Remember, premiering Nov. 1 at 8 p.m. (ET), will trace the channel’s history from its Fox Sports World origins in 1997 to its current 30-million subscriber status and home to coverage of two of the best circuits in the world, England’s Barclays Premier League and Italy’s Serie A, as well as slew of domestic soccer action, including Major League Soccer.
The program will look back at the most unforgettable goals, saves, celebrations and heartaches broadcast by FSC, as well as showcase the net’s original programming. It will also feature interviews with some of the soccer world’s most prominent figures, such as FA Premier League CEO Richard Scudamore and MLS Commissioner Don Garber, plus serve up anniversary greetings from American soccer stars Landon Donovan and Cobi Jones.
Fox Sports World officially launched on November 1, 1997 as the only 24-hour, English-language international sports channel in this country, with coverage of a variety of sports aimed at U.S. audiences and expatriates. However, with the increasing interest in soccer among viewers, the network was rebranded as Fox Soccer Channel in 2005.
“It has truly been a memorable first decade for Fox Soccer Channel, one we are excited to reflect upon in this unique half-hour special program,” said David Sternberg, the networks’ executive vice president and general manager, in a statement. “A Decade to Remember will allow our viewers to take a stroll down soccer’s memory lane, while also providing a glimpse of the excitement that lies ahead for America’s premier soccer destination in the next 10 years and beyond.”