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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   1524159 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.

  • DcmBrown's avatar
    I am having a problem. My problem is despite doing all the steps, i still see no changes. I tried to re-installed the game, and do do each process step by step again and sadly nothing has happen. Is there a way to help?
  • Stameiro's avatar
    How do I change a nickname for a club?

    (many nicknames are, unfortunately, gone, when using this fix).
  • Andrewcowan0's avatar
    For me some brazil kits still aren't working, how to fix?
  • Phoenix2400's avatar
    Not a big issue, but Manchester United's name doesn't change for me - it's still Man Utd.
  • Justice's avatar
    Game Pass: Very little in terms of add-ons is likely to work with Game Pass at this time (some stuff might work but I wouldn’t be too hopeful). The way that version of the game is made basically makes it a new game and a separate entity to Steam Football Manager. Content creators are trying their best to find solutions but it has proven to be incredibly difficult for everybody so far.
  • JackStamper's avatar
    Since the Game is on the X-Box Gamepass now, I installed it, and tried the fixes. Getting into the WindowsApp-Folder was a hassle (for those who need the way, here: ), but even in there, I'm unable to delete any of the files, or move new ones in. Any help?
  • Torbjorn's avatar
    Some Turkish clubs such as Hekimoğlu Trabzon or Gaziantep FK is shown with their old names.
  • celilakansu's avatar
    The names of the trophies in all leagues have changed to 1/4 de finale or 1/2 de finale. How can I fix?
  • coreylamptey's avatar
    So i just tried this. Germany and championsleaue names have been changed to Tysk for Germany and UEFA sumn for Champions league.Tried everything to fix it.
  • debilsommo's avatar
    How does it work with FM on xbox game pass?
  • llainen's avatar
    "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"

    This is not true, it worked with my Universitario save when i was 4 months in, just so you know! Thanks for this fix guys:)
  • ratio1618's avatar
    Hey i believe the Evo-Stik and Ryman leagues at England step 3 and 4 need to be changed over to BetVictor as that is the current sponsor. I am in the process of changing that on my end but you might want to correct the master.
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @luki999, the polish names are fixed for the next update, thanks.

    @gatitoSpain, here is says Copa Mundial de la FIFA. Why is it wrong in spanish? Sorry if it sounds stupic, I don't know the language.

    @PHI34Halladay, are you using a different language than english in your game?

    @marshy2017, copyright issues.

    @blackmamba9203, don't mess with something you don't know.

    @Toonrock & gannet18, Nicknames are the price to pay if you want to play with correct club names. You sacrifice that to get the other.

    @Sofus Arvin, done thanks.
  • Sofus Arvin's avatar
    Hey, the name "Primera División de Argentina" is outdated, it was updated in 2017/18 to "Superliga Argentina de Fútbol" - or just "Superliga Argentina" (short name I'd suggest).
  • gannet18's avatar
    I did the real names fix, however, all the Nicknames have gone. Also, the world awards are not working, no update since Luka Modric in 2018
  • Toonrock's avatar
    I´m playing FM Touch, does this make a difference?
  • Toonrock's avatar
    Hi! After having made Real Names Fix, the Nicknames for clubs have disappeared? Does anyone know why? Thanks for answer! and any help! :0)
  • blackmamba9203's avatar
    what is the swear words file? what happens if deleted?
  • marshy2017's avatar
    Why is manchester united not in here i had to re download it. Can you tell me how to add manchester united please i dont like it saying man utd for short name
  • PHI34Halladay's avatar
    How can I change the name "1/4 de finale" in "Quarterfinal" or "Viertelfinale" in the UEFA Champions League??
  • MARK2TWEN's avatar

    I found along this path 2040 <Inc. <temporary it will suddenly help.
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    All these "Zebre/Zebra" files should be deleted.

    I will fix the real names of the stadiums (and Juve facilities) in my next personal pack on the 20th of March (FM20 Transfers & Data Update Packs by pr0 + FMTU)
  • jbot27's avatar
    Same hers only have 2 zebre files and also juventus stadium stays zebre stadium
  • id777's avatar
    i also have only 2 ZEBRA files.
    zebra award.dbc
    zebra turin fake staff.dbc
    what to do?
  • Den1s's avatar
    The Zebra files are inside the dbc/permanent folder for me, and theres only 2 of them -
    zebra award.dbc
    zebra turin fake staff.dbc

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