Euro 2020 opens with a bang! Andrea Bocelli performs a stirring rendition of ‘Nessun Dorma’, fireworks light up the Rome sky and Italian legends Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta deliver the match ball before kick off against Turkey
Euro 2020 was opened in emphatic style after a stunning opening ceremony which included plenty of artistic flair before Italy faced Turkey in the opening game.
The highlight was a stirring rendition of Nessun Dorma, one of football’s most famous songs, by Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli.
But the song used as the BBC’s theme music for the 1990 World Cup in Italy came amid a magnificent fireworks display to light up the night sky, and incredible noise made by the few fans who had been permitted inside the Stadio Olimpico.
Euro 2020 was opened in emphatic style after a stunning opening ceremony in Rome
The ceremony took place before Italy faced Turkey in the first game of the tournament
The highlight was a stirring rendition of Nessun Dorma by Italian opera tenor Andrea Bocelli
Giant coloured footballs as well as drummers suspended from ropes from the roof of the stadium were also on display
Giant multicoloured footballs as well as drummers suspended from ropes from the roof of the stadium were also involved in the opening acts, as the flags of the 24 nations competing at Euro 2020 were unfurled to a rock soundtrack.
There was also a performance of the official UEFA song We Are The People by the likes of U2 stars Bono and The Edge and DJ Martin Garrix appearing via a video link.
The opening ceremony began with Italy legends Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta – who are distinguished figures from Roma and Lazio, who play their club football at the stadium – holding aloft a ball in the middle of the pitch.