Interview: New World Cup Soccer PHENOMS Documentary Preview at SXSW 2018

FOX Sports hosted a sneak peek of the highly anticipated World Cup™ documentary series, PHENOMS, at the FOX Sports House during SXSW 2018 in Austin, Texas. We love that SXSW has included a sports track now and how this also ties into the SXSW Film Festival.

Phenoms is a documentary series that tracks 60 elite players from 20 countries on their quest to make the 2018 World Cup. The series will debut on FOX and FS1 on May 25, 2018. The timing is perfect as we gear up for the upcoming 2018 World Cup in Russia in June/July. More film and event details are listed below.

We were fortunate to speak with filmmakers David Worthen Brooks and soccer legend Mario Melchiot. We asked questions about following female phenoms, how the U.S. is doing, what inspired the film, and more. These guys were professional, fun and couldn’t be nicer. Watch our interview below.


PHENOMS is a 5-part documentary mini-series that chronicles the journey of the next great soccer players on their quests to represent their respective countries in the 2018 World Cup™. The series allows fans and viewers to experience the personal lives of players through unprecedented behind-the-scenes access.  Some of the players featured include young stars from the world’s top clubs and countries such as Dele Alli, Davinson SanchezMarco AsensioPaulo DybalaGabriel JesusOusmane Dembele, Adrien RabiotLeon GoretzkaCorentin TolissoHirving Lozano and Marquinhos.

In addition to our interview, Gordon Ramsay (Star of FOX’s MasterChef, Hell’s Kitchen), participated in a discussion about global soccer trends and the film. The panel was led by FOX Sports Studio Host Rob Stone with Ramsay, Mario Melchiot (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; former professional player) and David Worthen Brooks (Executive Producer, PHENOMS; Vice President, FOX Digital Studio), and Eric Shanks, President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Producer of FOX Sports.

For the official Fox Sports video and details on each of the Phenom athletes, Watch here.

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