9 Things We Learned Making Issue 39 Of Esquire Weekly

The agony of penalties, the ecstasy of writing the greatest football book ever published and 50 World Cup style icons – it’s all in issue 39 of Esquire Weekly, out now. Click here to download the new issue or take out a year’s iPad subscription and get a new edition of Esquire every week

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1 | Our interactive penalty shootout game is more addictive than crack
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Not that we’ve tried crack, but you get our drift. You have 20 seconds to score as many penalties as possible. Swipe the ball through the coloured hoops to win points. If you finish the week at the top of the leaderboard we’ll even give you a prize. Warning: this game will eat hours of your life.

 

2 | James Milner and Joe Hart should take penalties before Wayne Rooney

Seriously. This is one of 10 fascinating nuggets from Ben Lyttleton, author of Twelve Yards — The Art and Psychology of The Perfect Penalty (Bantam Press); nuggets that the England team really should know before making the long, lonely walk.

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3 | Cesar Luis Menotti is a chain-smoking style icon

The World Cup has produced some incredibly stylish moments. We’re not just talking about flash boots, great kits and fabulous goals, but attitude, personality, and, of course, the victorious Argentina 78 manager’s Mick Jagger hair, flash suits and fag ash combo. For this and more, see our 50 World Cup Style Icons feature.

 

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4 | The man who wrote football’s greatest book now works for Sainsbury’s in Huddersfield

Having gained unparalleled and never to be repeated access to the England camp during Italia ’90, Pete Davies wrote All Played Out, widely regarded as the best book about football ever. Now he works in Sainsbury’s. Paul Wilson asks what happened to the man who lived and told one of football’s greatest stories.

 

5 | There is no Honduran restaurant in Britain

There are 32 teams competing in the World Cup, which sounded like as good an excuse as any to go out and sample food from each one. Rob Crossan was charged with completing this culinary odyssey that saw him sample Costa Rican tortillas in Whitby, Swiss cheese in Soho and Iranian curry in Glasgow. One slight problem: no Honduran.

 

6 | Never trust a smirking cheerleader

Just ask Michael Regan, the England football team’s official photographer. Download the new Esquire Weekly to read more about this story and those behind his other favourite photographs.

 

7 | Genmorangie has the tallest stills in Scotland

We know, we’ve seen them – they’re huge! For the Father’s Day lowdown on Glenmorangie and five other brilliant single malt whiskies, read the expert guide from Patrick McCourt, manager of the Soho Whisky Club.

 

8 | Don’t smile if you want to be snapped by a street-style photographer

Just one of the illuminating tips in our guide to men’s fashion week, London Collections: Men. Esquire Weekly has teamed up with Swatch to bring you the lowdown on where to go, what to see, how to dress and the new talent you need to know about.

 

9 | Men buy more sex toys in the run-up to a World Cup

An interesting stat from The Crunch List, our news round-up on the week ahead. Also in this week’s issue: Road, a terrifying bike race documentary; some amazing photographs from the London Underground; 10 canny bets and some very cool Swedish trainers

 

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