The start of the European Cup in Rome
The European Cup 2020, postponed a year due to the outbreak of the Corona pandemic, officially kicked off, Friday, with the start of the opening match between Turkey and Italy, at the Olympic Stadium in Rome. The match was preceded by an opening ceremony that witnessed a musical performance by the famous Italian opera singer Andrea Bocelli, and fireworks, to celebrate this exceptional edition of the championship, which is being held for the first time in 11 cities from 11 different countries, and will continue until July 11, with a partial attendance of the fans. The Italian legends, Alessandro Nesta and Francesco Totti, moved the tournament’s opening ball, ‘Uniforia’, with the words unity (uni) and ecstasy (forea) combined to sum up what the tournament promises. And allowed about 16,000 fans to be in the stands of the Olympic Stadium in Rome, equivalent to 25 percent of the capacity of the historic stadium, according to Agence France-Presse. Returning to the match, the Italian team hopes to live up to expectations and compensate for its staggering absence from the World Cup Russia 2018, with the ambition of winning the continental title for the second time in the history of “La Scudra Azzura”. As for the Turkish national team, with a new generation of players, it hopes to erase its recent disappointment when it was eliminated from the group stage in the 2016 edition, and failed to qualify for the World Cup four times in a row.