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Simon Barnes's reflections on sport's "meaning" too often come at the expense of his subjects. He should get back to writing about what he sees, not what he thinks

By Robert Colls   May 2007

The Meaning of Sport, by Simon Barnes (Short Books, £16.99)

It’s the 2004 European football championships and this is how Simon Barnes starts his book: “I am in a state of mild terror. I am sitting at a table in a café in Lisbon, having eaten a pleasant lunch with a couple of very pleasant crisp cold beers. The weather is overcast, cool, easy. This evening, England play Croatia: if they (should I say we? Definitely not) draw or win, they continue to the next stage… if Croatia win, they go…

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