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World Cup Fever Hits Italian Community in Middletown



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    GENEVA, SWITZERLAND - JUNE 05: A young fan of Italy shows his scarf during the international friendly match between Switzerland and Italy at Stade de Geneve ahead of the FIFA World Cup 2010 in South Africa on June 5, 2010 in Geneva, Switzerland. (Photo by Massimo Cebrelli/Getty Images)

    If you can't be in South Africa for the World Cup, the Italian Society of Middletown might be the next best place.

    "We do get a lot of people interested in coming here instead of watching the game at home," Sal Immetells the Middletown Press. "We honestly vote for two teams - USA and Italy - but not in that order. We hope they don't have to play each other."

    In a town rich in Italian heritage and culture, Frank Milardo says the first generation of Italians root for team Italy, while the second generation leans more toward the U.S.A.

    "It's great to see the old-timers and the young generation watching the games together," Milardo told the Press.

    Team U.S.A is scheduled to play Slovenia on Friday and Italy will play New Zealand on Sunday, but, the fans at the Italian Society will  be watching much more than that.

    "We watch all day," Joe Lombardo Sr. told the Press. "From 7 a.m. to 5 p.m."

    You can check an interactive schedule here.