Sunday 22 January 2017

In life, there are World Cups and Euros and just a few other minor events in between for men to live for

Published 10/06/2016 | 02:30

If you want to understand the meaning of life for most men, you need to start with the European Championships and World Cup. It's a little more complex than - to paraphrase Descartes, 'Football, ergo sum': 'Football, therefore I am. Of course, other things - relationships, family, work etc - are more important than a round ball. We're not that blinkered or stupid.

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Soren Kierkegaard wrote that: "Life must be understood backward but lived forward." The Danish existentialist probably didn't have football in mind. But I do.

Because for me - and my best guess is I'm not alone among my gender - my life can be "understood backward" by World Cups and European Championships.

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