Rome – There are those who come from Savona and woke up at 5 to be on time at the stadium. Those who came by car from Como, or from Salerno or from the nearest Viterbo. Everyone has a blue shirt, tricolor make-up on the face, a flag to wave or a trumpet to play. Friends, groups, boyfriends, fathers with children by the hand: it is Italy that is restarting through football after more than a year of pandemic.
Being here in Rome, at the entrances to the Olympic stadium, already means everything. Even with the mask, the continuous invitation of the stewards to stay spaced, the anti-Covid certificate to show. Then there is football, no longer seen only on TV but in the stands, and there is to support Italy which begins its adventure at Euro 2020 against Turkey. “It’s a nice sign of returning to normal”, says a boy lined up with friends. “We have been waiting to be here for a year and a half, since we bought the tickets. But we have never lost hope: we have always believed in it, as they say in these cases”. A lot of optimism, but no predictions on the final result: “No, I don’t feel like it”, he cuts short with the superstitious ritual.
Gloria comes from Liguria and “finally” he is at the Olimpico after the early riser. But can you still cheer with the mask? “Sure sure”. Further on there is a group of Turkish fans – many are present and it is difficult to understand how many of them have a ticket or will remain outside the stadium – who fill the square with chants and screams. They make a lot of noise and dominate the Azzurri, but there are those who are sure and challenge them with a smile: “See you inside”. Between a scarf and a shirt, the banner that deserves the applause of the other fans appears: ‘Speravo de venicce prima’. “We had been waiting for 2019 and a lot of desire has accumulated – says its author, proudly – It was a nice thought, wasn’t it?”. And to pass the wait, in line before the gates, Mameli’s hymn cannot be missing, accompanied by the waving of flags. It is already party, waiting for the field.
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