Football fan kicks off new venture

PUBLISHED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Tuesday, 16 November, 2004, 12:00am

SOCCER fan Angus Wong achieved his goal when his shop, which sells a wide range of football accessories, opened in Ginza Plaza, Mongkok, last week. The store, Free Kick, offers official products, including jerseys, gloves, beanies, mugs and even infant wear, from top clubs in Europe.

'My idea is that fans no longer need to look everywhere or order online for merchandise from their favourite teams,' said the 36-year-old Mr Wong, whose brother Jimmy is a partner in the new venture.

'We order directly from the clubs and each of them has a separate area in our shop.

'We also offer a special service. Fans can print numbers with the official English Premiership or Italian Serie A style on their shirts.'

Mr Wong's shop sells merchandise from leading clubs such as Arsenal, Manchester United, Chelsea, AS Roma, Juventus, AC Milan, Inter Milan, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Ajax and Bayern Munich, as well as the Japanese national team. The outlet also includes a mini-soccer museum, where items such as autographed jerseys are on display. 'This is something that I have wanted to do for a long time,' said Mr Wong, whose favourite team is Manchester United. 'I'm glad that I can extend my interest to my job. Business-wise I am optimistic as European football has a large following here.

'My plan is to open a flagship store in Shanghai, selling merchandise from both Europe and the Chinese Super League.'