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Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

Fix competition, club and award names in Football Manager 2018. Works with current FM18 saves.

By Updated on Jan 27, 2018   638655 views   150 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Data Updates - Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

The instructions below work for 18.3 update if you swap the 1810 folder for 1830.

Welcome to the Real Names Fix project for Football Manager 2018.

You don't have to start a new save for this to work, except for Brazilian clubs.


This is an essential add-on for your game. Due to licensing issues, vanilla FM18 contains fake names for some players, teams and competitions. With this add-on and the instructions below you can fix that and enjoy FM18 with real names.

FM18 Real Names Corrected

  • Playable club names from most continents
  • Major league clubs
  • Non-playable Europe top league club names
  • Minor leagues names
  • Continental and national competition names

Note - there are now two versions of this fix to choose from.

The first is Daniel's, which unfortunately has not been updated since 2015 and so contains some out of date information. The second is from Carlos, created this year. Carlos has decided on more concise names, anglicised text, and the removal of competition sponsors (ie Serie A TIM is simply Serie A, Sky Bet Championship is simply Championship).

Brazilian clubs have three-letter names in my game. How do I fix?

Hardcoding means games created BEFORE applying this fix will always have three-letter Brazil names. Names will only be correct on games created AFTER applying the fix.

I applied the fix, but I'm still seeing wrong names.

When you start a new save, you will still see incorrect names for three Spanish clubs, but once you select your club and start playing, the names will be correct.

Don't like a name? Change it!

Open the fix file in a text editor such as Notepad, search for the name you want to change, change it, and save. It's really that simple. The fix will apply the next time you start FM18.

Ajax staff. Gaaaaaaaaaah.

Missing in the database.

Why doesn't this work?

It does work. You're doing it wrong.

FM 2018 Name Fix Preview


If you find errors in translation/names or need a fix for other club/league/competition names, please post a comment below. Carlos will attempt to act on all queries.

Fixing fake club and competition names

  1. Quit the game.
  2. Find the "1830" folder.


    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2018\data\db\1830\


    /Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2018/data/db/1830/

  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", or "Carlos FM18 Club Names.lnc" and "Carlos FM18 Fix.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
    • Licensing3.dbc - THIS IS A NEW ONE IN 1830

    This will prevent Brazilian clubs from reverting to three-letter names and will allow certain kits to be visible again.

  10. Important:
  11. These screenshots relate to 1810 update but use these instructions for the new database update (1830). I can't be arsed to take loads of new screenshots.

  12. Open Football Manager 2018 and enjoy real names.

Real Names Fix Video Tutorial

    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

      [*]Finally click "Go" to go to the folder.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

150 comments have been posted so far.

  • rivaara's avatar
    download link is broken
  • Justice's avatar
    It does work. It is not complicated.
  • piku1302's avatar
    It does not work..and to complicated.
  • x_Jesse_NL's avatar
    Used to work for me a few weeks ago, bought a new pc and now it doesn't work anymore. Tried reinstalling fm18 a few times but nothing seems to work.
  • Varyann's avatar
    Hello, I have done evrything but it doesn't work, can you help me?
  • Justice's avatar
  • DAAgaming's avatar
    I am 4 years into a save in the Bundesliga. Anyway to fix the German National team after already starting a save?
  • Form87's avatar
    It does work when you follow the same steps with 1800 and 1810!
  • SandroX's avatar
  • Misterkubricks's avatar
    I already follow the instructions but it can't work.

    I use Carlos file because it said Daniel didn't update since 2015, so I use Carlos file.

    oh I forget, I use FM18 on Mac.

  • Devils_King's avatar
    How can I get the real Brazilian names??? Pls help
  • Simp12's avatar
    I just cannot get this pack to work. I followed the instructions to the point, triple-checked I really had done so, and even reinstalled both the game and the files, yet I still could not get this to work on the 18.3 version. After all my attempts both team names & logos remain the generic ones.
  • caiont's avatar
    Had a hard time finding the folder on Mac OS X, since it would not come up whenever I searched for any of the file names or folders. I found it by going on Steam, right clicking on FM 2018 and clicking on Properties. Then go to the Local Files tab and click Browse Local Files in order to find the right folder. Thanks for the fix, guys!
  • victor91's avatar
  • Justice's avatar
    I advise you use a legal copy of FM ;)
  • MelDan's avatar
    How do I apply this in cracked game?
  • ImBittor's avatar
    On Linux ("Ubuntu" at least) the correct folder is..
    /home/yourname/.steam/steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2018/data/database/db/1830
  • mizie's avatar
    I did everything but with 18.3.3 I have Atletico Pamplona for example instead of Osasuna.
  • Roberto Baggio's avatar
    Hi ... I have 18.3.3 version. I started a new save and followed all the instructions here (in 1830 folder). It changed me all the the faked names to the real names ... EXCEPT the names in Germany national team ... How can I fix it?
  • Boskailo_D's avatar
    Guys after i put the fix, no team has a nickname. Anybody knows why? And brazilian teams 3 letter name. It happen only with 18.3 update. Any ideas???
  • TheCed's avatar
    No correct stadium names? The Signal Iduna Park's named Westfalenstadion in the original database, obviously for licensing reasons.
  • eliasojohansen's avatar
    Tried with both Carlos and Daniel following the instructions but did not work. Database is 18.3.0.
  • Svante's avatar
    Since the 3.18 update I cant seem to get te real players & licence fix to work. I've tried what i believe is everything. Deleted 1800, 1810 and editing in 1830. uninstalled and reinstalled fm 18. Edited all the files. I have tried daniels and carlos and ive tried using them both at the same time.

    I followed the guide to the dot but it just does not want to work for me. Any suggestions?
  • VagnerL0ve's avatar
    Hi Justice, was there some other step i was to take for it to work on my current save? i'm 3 seasons into my game and not ready to start a new save for the name fixes to work. any help from here is much appreciated.
  • Justice's avatar
    I can vouch for this file working in current saves. Heck, I've even added some name fixes myself to regen stadiums, and changed some of the award names, for my current save, which have worked!

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