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Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards in Football Manager 2018. Works with current FM18 saves.

By on Oct 27, 2017   Nov 29, 2017   196411 views   97 comments
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Football Manager 2018 Data Updates - Football Manager 2018 Real Names & Licence Fix

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

  • All playable club names from all continents
  • All major league clubs
  • All non-playable Europe top league club names
  • Almost all minor leagues names
  • All 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The first is Daniel's, which unfortunately has not been updated since 2015 and so contains some out of date information.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.

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

Ajax staff. Gaaaaaaaaaah

The latest licence SI decided not to pay for. We haven't got a fix - has anyone else?

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 "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", 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
    This will prevent Brazilian clubs from reverting to three-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

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 & Licence Fix

97 comments have been posted so far.

  • Roberto Baggio's avatar
    Hello guys!

    Can't find the "Football Manager 2018" folder in the C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common ... The only folder there is: "Football Manager 2017".

    How can I fix this problem?
  • paketeh's avatar
    Hi guys!

    Having an issue since today morning... the fixes worked like charm (thanks Carlos for the nice update!!) but since today, player names went back to fake names. I did nothing.

    I've tried in two computers and having the same issue, has this anything to see with my configuration? Is anyone having the same problem? Any potential solution (already cleaned cache, rebuilt original files and re-applied the fix according to the instructions, etc...)?

  • chumley's avatar
    Don't have this folder

    C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2018\data\database\db\1810\lnc\all

    Any reason why not?
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    tfas2000 and others - if you don't like something, change it - open the club names file in Notepad, search for the name you want to change... and tada.
  • geordiesteve520's avatar
    Works fine to begin with but and soon as game needs to be booted back up again it reverts to 3 letter for Brazilian names.
  • MPK1NG's avatar
    Please fix Olympiakos to Olympiacos SFP
  • tfas2000's avatar
    yes i understand but that isn't the official name of the club
  • Justice's avatar
    It may not be the official name of the football club, but according to Wikipedia: "The club is usually referred to simply as Sporting in Portuguese-speaking countries; in English-speaking countries it often called Sporting Lisbon."
  • tfas2000's avatar
    bro the club isn't called Sporting Lisbon is called Sporting CP
  • ShaunR_UK's avatar
    Im trying to download this for Mac ( I know theres instructions elsewhere for Mac ) but mine looks nothing like the pictures above or follows whats written else where and its driving me up the wall ..... all help greatly appreciated
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    which one are you using? The Carlos version has this:

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 1513 "Steaua Bucharest" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1513 "Steaua Bucharest" ""
  • Shtazian's avatar
    Hello. Thanks for the work but please, if you can and have the time, you must re-edit the real name of a club from first league in Romania. The mistake is that the real name of FC Steaua Bucuresti is, at this moment, SC FC FCSB SA. I tried to edit the name with FM editor but it doesn't work.
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    Gee, Calpurnius, thanks for that.
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    anders: yep
  •'s avatar
    Hi, will this namfix also fix the German national team?
  • Calpurnius's avatar
    Step 2. Find the "1810" folder. File path is too short it should be ...
    Windows:C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2018\data\database\db\1810\lnc\all
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    Niels: It is already Champions League and Europa League.
    Stanner: No idea.
  • stanners8's avatar
    Hi, I am trying to apply the real names and licenses fix and I have stuck to the windows instructions and the Brazilian names and Daley Blind part works perfectly but sadly not the badges or leagues etc. Has anyone had this problem before?
    I've applied both 1800 and 1810
  • NielsTheDane's avatar
    Is it possible to change the Euro Cup to Europa League and the Champions Cup to Champions League, in the Carlos update?
  • DimLou's avatar
    thanks man!
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    if you want to fix brazil and keep all the fake names, other fake teams and fake national teams, just 9.

    otherwise, 9 and 3.
  • DimLou's avatar
    i mean i want to fix only the brazilian teams
  • carlosfierro's avatar
    9 and 3.
  • DimLou's avatar
    hey guys if i do only the step 9 i will be good, right?
  • arsenalthebest's avatar
    great thanks

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