Italian legends Alessandro Nesta and Francesco Totti kicked off the opening ceremony.

TUEFA Euro 2020 officially kicked off at the Olimpico Stadium in Rome on Friday with a breathtaking opening ceremony. Hosts Italy play Turkey in the tournament opener and both teams will look to begin the tournament with a victory. The ceremony began with Italian legends Francesco Totti and Alessandro Nesta holding the football. A traditional program, including a short orchestra performance followed it.

Andrea Bocelli, arguably the world’s most popular living tenor, then performed the ‘Nessun Dorma’ aria amidst cheers from the 18,000-odd fans that gathered at the Olimpico Stadium. The star attraction of the opening ceremony was, however, the trio Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge, who sang a rendition version of ‘We Are The People,’ the official anthem of Euro 2020.

The Edge, member of the famous rock band U2, DJ Martin Garrix and Irish singer Bono performed the song virtually, with the video of the official song playing in the background. This is also the first time that the opening ceremony of a major football tournament took place virtually. This might become the future amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Here are some of the best pictures from the opening ceremony

Bono appears as The Edge (left) and Martin Garrix (right)
A virtual graphic of Bono appears as The Edge (left) and Martin Garrix (right) perform the official song
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Andrea Bocelli performed the ‘Nessun Dorma’ aria fom Giacomo Puccini’s opera Turandot

Euro 2020 also marks the return of fans to stadiums after over a year of matches held in empty venues.

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An orchestra band also performed at the Euro 2020 opening ceremony
Video: The Euro 2020 opening ceremony saw Martin Garrix, Bono and The Edge virtually perform the official song of the tournament We Are The People.

Around 18,000 fans flocked to the stadium to attend the Euro 2020 opening ceremony and also watch Turkey Vs Italy. Only 25% attendance of total stadium capacity has been allowed for the tournament in Italy.

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Scenes at the Olimpico Stadium during a live performance at Euro 2020 opening ceremony

A total of 24 teams are competing at Euro 2020, with 36 group stage matches followed by the knockout rounds. The mega event is set to be held across 11 cities across Europe, with the final set to be held at the Wembley Stadim in London, England. UEFA Euro 2020 will also be telecast throughout the world and fans can catch it according to their regions.

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