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World Cup Fever

The 2010 FIFA World Cup kicked off on Friday! The tournament, held every four years, determines the world champions of soccer. The World Cup begins with 32 teams (each representing their home country), divided into 8 groups of 4 teams. (The U.S. is in Group C, with England, Slovenia, and Algeria.) In the Group Stage which is currently going on, each team plays one game against each of the other teams in its group. What is the total number of games played in the Group Stage?