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The —17 Verbandspokal , English: —17 Association Cup consisted of 21 men's German association football regional cup competitions, the Verbandspokale , which serve as qualifying competition for the —18 DFB-Pokal German Cup. All clubs from the 3. Liga and below could enter the regional Verbandspokale, subject to the rules and regulations of each region. Clubs from the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga could not enter but were instead directly qualified for the first round of the DFB-Pokal. The precise rules of each regional Verbandspokal are laid down by the regional football association organising it.
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Sixty-four teams participated in the competition, including all teams from the previous year's Bundesliga and the 2. It began on 19 August with the first of six rounds and ended on 27 May with the final at the Olympiastadion in Berlin , a nominally neutral venue, which has hosted the final since The defending champions were Bundesliga side Bayern Munich , after they beat Borussia Dortmund 4—3 on penalties in the previous final. Borussia Dortmund defeated Eintracht Frankfurt 2—1 in the final to claim their fourth title. Dortmund also hosted the edition of the DFL-Supercup at the start of the —18 season, when they faced the champion of the —17 Bundesliga , Bayern Munich. The following 64 teams qualified for the competition:  . The DFB-Pokal began with a round of 64 teams. The 36 teams of the Bundesliga and 2. Bundesliga , along with the top four finishers of the 3.