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Football Manager 2018 Real Names License Fix

Daniel's FM18 real names fix. Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards with their real names in Football Manager 2018. Fix works with your current saves.

By on Oct 27, 2017   Nov 10, 2017   85526 views   45 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Data Updates - Football Manager 2018 Real Names License Fix
Welcome to Daniel's Real Names License Fix for Football Manager 2018.
You don't have to start a new saved-game for this to work, except for Brazilian clubs.
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 18 with real names.

Last Updated: 10 November 2017

FM18 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 2018 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 2018.

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 FM18

  1. Quit the game.

  2. Find the "1810" folder.
    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2018\data\db\1810\
    /Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2018/data/db/1810/

  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 FM18 Fix.lnc" and "Daniel FM18 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 (1810), so they apply only if you start a new save with the 18.1.0 Data Update. If your saved game is from the FM18 Beta, you need to apply the same steps to the 1800 folder as well.

  11. Open Football Manager 2018 and enjoy real names.

Real Names Fix Video Tutorial

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:
  1. Open the "Go to Folder" menu
  2. Enter the path of the Application Support folder
  3. Copy the following path and paste it into the "Go to Folder" input field.
  4. ~/Library/Application Support
  5. Finally click "Go" to go to the folder.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2018 Real Names License Fix

45 comments have been posted so far.

  • darren80's avatar
    Trying to delete files - there's no 'Steam' folder in my 'Application Support' folder. Pasted the full address but no found. I have a running FM2018 game - all definitely installed.
  • CRooY3's avatar
    Hi guys, you have one mistake in clubs name file

    The club with ID:447 is not NK Varteks Varaždin, but only NK Varaždin
    NK Varteks Varaždin is second club (ID: 24052492) from the same city
  • CarlosEsDios's avatar
    I've also started a new save but when clicking on Brazilian teams they are still the three initials.
    EDIT - when it's the pick team page they show as three initals but when you add your manager, it shows the full names so yes, it works
  • JordanFCP's avatar
    I still see " SLB FCP & Sporting (POR)" when beginning the career. Is this corrected if I start the career or should I wait it is fixed?
  • Rory's avatar
    scrap my last message, I hadn't updated it onto the 1810 file, only 1800!

    everything looks good :)
  • Rory's avatar
    This is not up to date, this should have been so simple given it's a basic copy and paste job from last year.

    Yes there's SLB, FCP and Sporting in Portuguese league for starters, plus a lot of top divisions are just called "First Division" instead of, for example, Bundesliga, La Liga etc.

    Get this fixed ASAP.
  • CarlosEsDios's avatar
    Are people suggesting that I shouldn't download this until it's been fixed?
  • Pierre Clasen's avatar
    Spain: La Liga - Segunda División
    Fix that to.
    Why do you make is when half of all thing is not correct.
    You should send it out when you have make all things right not before.
    I hope you fix all the problems...
  • Drapan's avatar
    a have a small problem, i cant seem to find the ''1810'' file using this path: \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common, when i open the ''common'' file all there is, is the FM17 file and there is no FM18 file. Any ideas/solutions?
  • Nguyen's avatar
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  • Pierre Clasen's avatar
    Something wrong here...
    German League: Bundesliga - 2. Bundesliga
    England: Premier League - Championship

    Get it fix..
  • Onyewu's avatar
    I noticed Freiburg & Koln do not have correct stadium names......Is it a simpe fix by just adding "STADIUM_NAME_CHANGE" 916 "RHEINENERGIESTADION" "" IN THE DANIEL FM18 FIX.INC ???
    If this does work, would we have to start a new game?

  • gingeki's avatar
    Scotland : Petrofac Training Cup now in its second season as the Irn-Bru Cup.
  • zdenek's avatar
    Hi, can you amend, czech first league to be name HET liga and not Synot liga, Also czech national cup should be named MOL Cup and not pohar ceske posty
  • GTD's avatar
    You need to apply the changes in the 1800 folder too for the fix to work. I did it in both 1800 and 1810 and it worked, didn't check if only changing 1800 works.
  • cipri_slb's avatar
    The portuguese clubs still have FCP, SCP and SLB, not their names.
  • Andfer's avatar
    When starting a game with Ajax, there is alot of staff missing - They arent even in the game
  • mitooo's avatar
    The club SLB do not changed to SL Benfica
  • madmike1988's avatar
    just downloaded this and the italian leagues have disappeared from my game??
  • jenyas's avatar
    german national team still not working
  • tinashe14red's avatar
    does this fix german national team selection?
  • Stam's avatar
    Updated instructions and screenshots for the new 1810 folder.
  • Stam's avatar
    IMPORTANT: New FM18 version 18.1.0 came with a database update as well. Therefore, there's now a new folder 1810 where you also need to apply the fix. I'll update screenshots shortly.

    On a side note, I'll be soon passing the maintenance of this project to carlosfierro who has already prepared a detailed update for the club names fix.
  • PinballExpress's avatar
    I have also done the exact steps and it hasn't worked? PL is still Premier Division??
  • mattinorsk's avatar
    I have done all the steps and I do not see any changes. What am I doing wrong? I tried to launch a new career and nothing... Should I try to delete and reinstall the game? I am on windows 10

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