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Football Manager 2020 Real Names Licence Fix

FM20 real names fix. Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards with their real names in Football Manager 2020. Fix works with your current FM 2020 saves. Updated on March 1st.

By Updated on Mar 06, 2020   1619915 views   207 comments
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Football Manager 2020 Data Updates - Football Manager 2020 Real Names Licence Fix
Welcome to Real Names License Fix for Football Manager 2020 by FM Scout. This is an extremely comprehensive name fix that first appeared here since 2013.

You don't need to start a new save for this to take effect.
With the exception of Brazilian clubs and Juventus.


This is an essential add-on for FM 2020. Due to licensing issues, FM20 contains fake names for a number of competitions, clubs and awards. With this add-on, you can fix that and enjoy FM 20 with real names.

Updated on March 1st, 2020.

FM20 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
  • Continental awards
  • Some stadium names

2020 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 and I'll try my best to update these files.

Real Names Fix Instructions

How to fix fake competition and club names in FM 2020

  1. Quit the game (if it's open).

  2. Extract the contents of the pack you downloaded from here to a temporary location. You'll need them for step 6.

  3. Find the 2040 folder.
    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2040\
    /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2020/database/data/db/2040/

  4. Open the lnc folder and then enter the all sub-folder.

  5. Delete all files you can find in there, particularly the following 3 files:
    • fake.lnc
    • lic_dan_swe_fra.lnc
    • nleague.lnc

  6. Move FM20 Fix by FMScout.lnc and FM20 Club Names by FMScout.lnc inside this all folder.

  7. Go 2 folders back to find the edt folder.
    Open it and then enter the permanent sub-folder.

  8. Delete the file "fake.edt".
    This will fix Niko Kovač from getting renamed to Max Freund, and Oliver Kahn from getting renamed to Jens Freund.

  9. Again go 2 folders back, this time to find the dbc folder.
    Delete the following 3 files:
    • zebra award.dbc
    • zebra turin fake staff.dbc
    • zebra turin new.dbc
    This will fix Juventus from getting renamed to Zebre and prevent fake staff for them.

  10. Now enter the permanent sub-folder.
    Delete the following 4 files:
    • brazil_kits.dbc
    • forbidden names.dbc
    • Licensing2.dbc
    • Licensing2_chn.dbc
    This will prevent Brazilian clubs from reverting to 3-letter names and will allow certain kits to be visible again.

  11. Open the game and enjoy Football Manager 2020 with real names.

IMPORTANT: The fix for Juventus and Brazilian clubs can only take effect with a new save because dbc files affect the saved game when it's first created.
IMPORTANT: If your saved game was started before the 20.4.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2030 folder as well! Likewise, if your save was started before the 20.3.0 patch, do this to the 2010 folder too. And if it was before 20.1.0, do it to the 2001 folder.

For reference, the folder structure of the path you need to apply the fix is as follows:
  • 2040
    • 2040_fm
    • dbc
      • zebra award.dbc
      • zebra turin fake staff.dbc
      • zebra turin new.dbc
      • ...
      • permanent
        • brazil_kits.dbc
        • forbidden names.dbc
        • Licensing2.dbc
        • Licensing2_chn.dbc
        • ...
      • temp league fixes
    • edt
      • permanent
        • fake.edt
        • ...
    • lnc
      • all
        • fake.lnc
        • lic_dan_swe_fra.lnc
        • nleague.lnc
        • ...

I want to help with proper real names for my country.
We welcome everyone to suggest and contribute changes to this name fix. Feel free to send a PM to Stam or to pr0.

Brazilian clubs have three-letter names and Juventus is called Zebre in my game. How to fix?
Even though Brazilian club 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. The same applies to Juventus. You need to start a new save AFTER applying this fix (in full), for Brazilian team names to be correct.

I applied the fix, but I'm still seeing some wrong club names.
During career game set up, you will still see incorrect names for three Spanish clubs, but once you select your club and 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 a Finder window
  2. Press CMD + Shift + G on your keyboard to open the “Go to folder” window
  3. Type: ~/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 20xx and press “Go” or hit enter

Don't agree with a name? You can change it.
If your opinion for a name change isn't widely accepted, it's advised to change the name yourself.
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 FM20.

FM20 Real Names Fix - Video Tutorial

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Discussion: Football Manager 2020 Real Names Licence Fix

207 comments have been posted so far.

  • map788's avatar
    Second FIX:

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "Olimp-Russian Football Championship" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "FNL" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8051008 "Olimp Russian Professional Football League" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8051008 "PFL" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130694 "Betcity Kubok Rossii" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130694 "Kubok Rossii" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8053978 "Olimp Superkubok Rossii" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8053978 "Superkubok Rossii" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 147031 "Russkiy regional'nym Kubka" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 147031 "Russkiy regional'nym Кubka" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 58135036 "Russian Youth Championship" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 58135036 "RYC" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 58135037 "Gazprom Youth Football League" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 58135037 "YFL" ""

    Russian Names:

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130486 "Тинькофф Российская Премьер-Лига" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130486 "РПЛ" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "Олимп Футбольная Национальная лига" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "ФНЛ" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8051008 "Олимп Профессиональная Футбольная лига" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8051008 "ПФЛ" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050901 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Золотое Кольцо" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050901 "3. Дивизион - Золотое Кольцо" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050902 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Северо-Запад" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050902 "3. Дивизион - Северо-Запад" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050903 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - ЮФО/СКФО" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050903 "3. Дивизион - ЮФО/СКФО" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050904 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Приволжье" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050904 "3. Дивизион - Приволжье" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050905 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Дальний Восток" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050905 "3. Дивизион - Дальний Восток" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050906 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Сибирь" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050906 "3. Дивизион - Сибирь" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050907 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Урал И Западная Сибирь" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050907 "3. Дивизион - Урал И Западная Сибирь" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050908 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Черноземье" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050908 "3. Дивизион - Черноземье" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8050940 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Москва" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8050940 "3. Дивизион - Москва" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 58031020 "Первество России среди любительских клубов - Московская обл.'" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 58031020 "3. Дивизион - Moskovskaya oblast'" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 145435 "4. Дивизион - Московская обл.'" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 145435 "4. Дивизион - Московская обл.'" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8074978 "4. Дивизион - Сибирь" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8074978 "4. Дивизион - Сибирь" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130694 "Бетсити Кубок России" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130694 "Кубок России" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8053978 "Олимп Суперкубок России" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8053978 "Суперкубок России" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 147031 "Региональный кубок региона" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 147031 "Региональный кубок региона" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 58135036 "Молодёжное первенство" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 58135036 "МП" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 58135037 "Газпром Юношеская Футбольная Лига" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 58135037 "ЮФЛ" "Russian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 90 "UEFA Лига Наций" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 90 "UEFA Лига Наций" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 91 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига A" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 91 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига A" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 92 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига B" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 92 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига B" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 93 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига C" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 93 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига C" "Russian"
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 94 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига D" "Russian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 94 "UEFA Лига Наций - лига D" "Russian"
  • map788's avatar
    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 1520 "FC Dynamo Moscow" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1520 "Dynamo Moscow" ""
  • IceLancer's avatar
    Ok after trying it a bit i gave up on this. Team names are just too messed up.
    find this instead
    FM2020 Licensing and Real Name Fix File v2.3 for FM20.4.1 [released on 28/04/2020]

    But if u use save game in progress one will have to manually remove # in front of team names in file "City, Club and Stadium Names.lnc"
    Then everything is as it should be.
  • IceLancer's avatar
    Havent played FM in a decade.. so i was totally oblivious about FMTU. reached uefa champ and then..Zebra? da fuck is zebra ,then they talk about C.Ronaldo missing? Wait what? Zebra? C.R? Then it hit me..anyway as i was not eager to start new season i welcomed this fix! Works fine
    Change is immediately visible

    needs fix posted below.
    add 2 lines to the club file mentioned
    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 680 "Manchester United" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 680 "Manchester United" ""
  • AlmX's avatar
    When the steps are completed, do the teams fill up with real players immediately, or some time should pass?
  • FMZach's avatar
    Hey guys, when I am extracting the license fix it extracts as a LNC file
  • ManUtdFAN's avatar

    Thank you very much. United was not in the list. I added the two lines and it fixed the issue.
  • r2d2's avatar
    try open FM20 club names for exemple england. look is there any man utd anywhere. if not try copy and paste :
    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 680 "Manchester United" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 680 "Manchester United" ""

    save file and reload graphics.
    or try another fm name fix file.
  • ManUtdFAN's avatar

    I got the game from Epic and followed the above listed steps and completed the Name Fix. It looks almost perfect. Sadly Manchester United stayed Man Utd (see picture). Is there any way to fix it? As I want to play with Man Utd it really bothers me. Thanks in advance!
  • SergAlvizo's avatar
    make sure to complete every step, maybe one of the files you didn't delete is causing all of them to reappear.
  • LandonDonovan10's avatar
    i deleted foldes but they are coming back ffs... i'm using epic games too. do something guys...
  • SergAlvizo's avatar
    For anyone asking about how to do this if you installed this on epic games, this is what worked for me. Mine was on E:\Program Files\Epic Games\FootballManager2020\data\database Mine wasn't where the Program Files (x86) was at, so perhaps try checking the one that just says Program Files instead.
  • Chala's avatar
    Any idea on how to use this on Epic Games download?. i don't have folder E:\Program Files (x86)\Epic Games\FootballManager2020\data\database

    nor in any other location.
  • Asquared's avatar
    Are the steps the same for Epic?
  • TheGambler's avatar
    Got the game from Epic Store. I followed the steps, but still had problem with Juventus (Zebre). So I tried to fix it on my own. I searched and deleted every file with "zebra" in it. Now Juventus is displayed with real name.
  • Shortie_H4H's avatar
    Hardcore, It doesn't have a Football Manager 2020 folder with in Epic Games for me?
  • Hardcore LARPer's avatar
    If you just got this off epic games like myself and United, it is pretty much the same process. The only difference is the file path is E:\Program Files (x86)\Epic Games\FootballManager2020\data\database\db...

    Follow the steps above and groovy, works for me!
  • UnitedXZX's avatar
    can u do one for those who got it on epic games please
  • InsaneX's avatar
    I have a problem. When I use your file to play, the game changes the name from "Montevideo City Torque" (edited by me) to "CA Torque", which is the default name of that club. Instead, when I play without your file, the club is called "Montevideo City Torque" as it appears in the editor.

    So... What is the problem?
  • wmyates95's avatar
    I removed the files necessary and put the downloaded ones in the right places and I couldn't load my save. Then I put all the files back and took the downloaded ones out and it still won't load my save, some advice please cause I've just lost months and months of gameplay

    Edit: It randomly started working after the fifth uninstall and reinstall
  • Yaruru's avatar
    I love you, it's working even in my previous save, thanks!!
  • Vlietje60's avatar
    How can i add a team name in the fix
    Now i have it like this.

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 932 "Offenbacher FC Kickers 1901" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 932 "Kickers Offenbach" ""

    But it doesnt work
  • XaW's avatar
    Oh, and the 4th tier is also generic. Here is the correct names:

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 1301420 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1301420 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057341 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 1" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057341 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 1" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057342 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 2" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057342 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 2" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057343 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 3" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057343 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 3" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057344 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 4" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057344 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 4" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057345 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 5" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057345 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 5" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057346 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 6" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057346 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 6" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057347 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 7" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057347 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 7" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057348 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 8" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057348 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 8" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057349 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 9" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057349 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 9" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057350 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 10" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057350 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 10" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057351 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 11" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057351 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 11" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 53057352 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen Avdeling 12" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 53057352 "Norsk Tipping-ligaen avd 12" ""
  • XaW's avatar
    There is an error in the Names of the Norwegian 3rd tier. Only the first of the 4 regional divisions have the real name, the other 3 have generic names. I've fixed it, but for reference, this is the correct lines:

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 145428 "PostNord-ligaen" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 145428 "PostNord-ligaen" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 1300603 "PostNord-ligaen Avdeling 1" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1300603 "PostNord-ligaen Avd 1" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 1300604 "PostNord-ligaen Avdeling 2" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1300604 "PostNord-ligaen Avd 2" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 1300605 "PostNord-ligaen Avdeling 3" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1300605 "PostNord-ligaen Avd 3" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 1300606 "PostNord-ligaen Avdeling 4" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1300606 "PostNord-ligaen Avd 4" ""
  • LKC37's avatar
    The Juventus stadium is still "Zebra Turin Stadium" for me. Also, Manchester United still shows as "Man Utd." Everything else works. How do I fix this?

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