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Football Manager 2017 Real Names License Fix

Daniel's FM17 real names fix. Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards with their real names in Football Manager 2017. Fix works with your current saves.

By Updated on Mar 06, 2017   883702 views   175 comments
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Football Manager 2017 Data Updates - Football Manager 2017 Real Names License Fix
Welcome to Daniel's Real Names License Fix for Football Manager 2017.
You don't have to start a new saved-game for this to work, except for Brazilian clubs. Will explain that later.
Support for ALL languages.


This is an absolute essential add-on for your game. Due to licensing issues, there are certain clubs and competitions having a fake name. With this add-on you can fix that and enjoy FM 17 with real names.

Last Updated: 1 March 2017 - Updated instructions for 17.3

FM17 Real Names Corrected

  • All playable clubs names from all continents
  • All major leagues names
  • All non-playable Europe Top Leagues club names
  • Almost all minor leagues names
  • All Continental, National and National Cups names

Why Brazilian teams have 3-letter names and how to fix that?
If you started a save before applying this fix, Brazilian clubs will have a 3-letter name (e.g. AMG instead of América Mineiro). Even though Brazilian names are fixed in our files, the game will continue to show the 3-letter name instead of the full name. That is due to certain dbc files that affect them when you save your game for the first time.
You need to start a new save AFTER applying this fix, for Brazilian team names to be correct.

FM 2017 Name Fix Preview

Daniel (original author of this creative) has been unreachable since FM15, so I have taken over the difficult task of keeping this project up to date and enable you to use this brilliant license fix with FM 2017.

If you find some error in translation/names or need a fix for other club/league/competition name, please send a comment below and I'll try my best to update these files.

How to fix fake club and competition names in FM17

  1. Quit the game.

  2. Find the "1730" folder.
    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2017\data\db\1730\
    /Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2017/data/db/1730/

  3. Open the "lnc" folder and then enter the "all" sub-folder. It will look like this:

  4. Delete the highlighted 3 files:
    • fake.lnc
    • lic_dan_swe_fra.lnc
    • nleague.lnc

  5. Place "Daniel FM17 Fix.lnc" and "Daniel FM17 Club Names.lnc" inside this folder, so it will look like this:

  6. Go 2 folders back to find the "edt" folder. Open it and then enter the "permanent" sub-folder. It will look like this:

  7. Delete the highlighted file "fake.edt".
    This will fix Danny Blind from getting renamed to Jan Jansen.

  8. Again go 2 folders back, this time to find the "dbc" folder. Open it and then enter the "permanent" sub-folder. It will look like this:

  9. Delete the 3 highlighted files:
    • brazil_kits.dbc
    • forbidden names.dbc
    • Licensing2.dbc
    This will prevent Brazilian clubs from reverting to 3-letter names and will allow certain kits to be visible again.

  10. Important: I have updated screenshots and instructions for the last database update (1730), so they apply only if you start a new save with the 17.3.0 Data Update. If your saved game is older, you need to apply the same steps to the 1710 folder as well.

  11. Open Football Manager 2017 and enjoy real names.

Please note that when you try to start a new save, you will still see wrong names for 3 Spanish clubs during the career setup, but once you select club and actually start playing, the names will be correct.

Where is Application Support folder on Mac OS X

Mac users who have trouble locating their Application Support folder, please follow these steps:

Open the "Go to Folder" menu

Enter the path of the Application Support folder

Copy the following path and paste it into the "Go to Folder" input field.

~/Library/Application Support

Finally click "Go" to go to the folder.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2017 Real Names License Fix

175 comments have been posted so far.

  • andialiyyun0's avatar
    why my japanese team squad is not real..?
  • TiagoNN94's avatar
    does this work for fm2018 ??
  • ahinett17's avatar
    I have none of these files on my PC. what am i supposed to do?
  • narkin's avatar
    @chuckobo96 I have the same problem (OGC Nice = OGC Niza, Olympique Lyonnais = Olympique Lione)
  • Chuckobo96's avatar
    Hey Stam, some of the competition names and team names are in different languages and I have my language settings in english. Do you think the link is not working with the new update?
  • bagman2867's avatar
    Hopefully someone in here can help me. Ive been having trouble changing Competition names. Team names are easy but for whatever reason Competition names are difficult for me. Im pretty sure i must be missing something. i am saving the file in the inc/all folders for all fm updates on the c:/ drive. It happens no matter what competition I change when I change it to something I want it changes it to something entirely different sometimes its in a foreign language. As an example I tried changing Japans cup to "Emporer's Cup" but when I do it it changes it to "Tennohai Zen Nippon Sakka Senshuken Taikai". But thats just one of many that I cannot change. What am I doing wrong. Can someone help?
  • paketeh's avatar
    Thanks in advance!!
  • paketeh's avatar
    Hi!!! Amazing patch.

    I found a mistake in the spanish 2B division, group 3, with club named "Heracles". Correct name is "Hércules" or "Hércules C.F." (

    It's an historical spanish club :D

  • Clint_Eastwood's avatar
    All works fine to first saving. After that when loaded game some names back to basic names.
  • can_9's avatar
    why are the brazilian teams name short ? how can we solve it ?
  • ceewestie's avatar
    Hi, I have followed al the steps in the instructions, but I am now finding that the competition names and some club names are showing in French, Ligue des champions, Mayence (Mainz), Hambourg etc. Any ideas what is causing this ?
  • Flash09's avatar
    Hey guys, still no luck on my side. I've tried your method a few times but nothing works. Just FYI, i only installed the game today.
  • Stam's avatar
    @JcSheik: Doesn't sound like you have the original Steam version. This isn't a fix for player names because they are not fake.
  • JcSheik's avatar
    I did the whole procedure, but the names of the clubs are correct, but the players in Brazil and the rest of the world are fake
  • Stam's avatar
    Hey guys, I just wanted to say thank you for making this such a popular file and to announce I'll be rolling out an update this week (before July 7th). Any suggestions for further improvement, please post them here or send me via personal message.

    On a side note, please pay attention what LPCrooks pointed out.
    When you try to start a new save, you will still see wrong names for 3 Spanish clubs during the career setup, but once you select club and actually start playing, the names will be correct.
  • Jackkkkk's avatar
    Not working for some reason as mentioned by a few people over the last week..
  • desolace's avatar
    Seriously I tried to install it two times and it still has some 3 letter clubs or not full like Man City, Man Utd, F.C.P etc.. It really isn't like on your screenshot. Did everything like in instructions.
  • Harlodpeter's avatar
    I seems cant get it to work... Man Utd is still Man Utd and not Manchester United.. :-(
  • Joey Numbaz's avatar
    Will this also have the German national team select real players? Also, Step 10 actually is important for those who are saying it isn't working. I updated 1710 and 1712 just in case, as well as 1730, since I have an older save and that did the trick.
  • RyanvanDongen's avatar
    I still have the old names (FM 09)
  • LPCrooks's avatar
    avi07 Look at the shaded text, after point 11...
  • avi07's avatar
    my real betis still reads as real hispalis
  • falcaojuve's avatar
    Diskispor must be Amed SK (full name Amed Sportif Faaliyetler)
  • Toffee1878's avatar
    shouldn't you also delete the the SI_holland file in the sub folder?
  • Cansoi's avatar
    Hey, I tried to use this on a save I've already got running, and it hasn't changed anything, but it looks like when I start a new game it has fixed things. How do I get this to fix my already running saves?

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