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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   1501844 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.

  • JT81's avatar
    Does this fix change the stadium name of Juventus?
  • Insurgent's avatar
    ive applied this file to both the 2001 and 2010 folder and still the europa conference league is called the euro cup 2, does not seem to work for me downloading the updated file to my current save game
  • Cuske's avatar
    Please can you fix "Red Star" (Serbia Jelen Super League) to "Crvena Zvezda"?? Champions League winners in 1991.
  • Lukzjee's avatar
    I follow all instruction and nothing happened (new game) .
    Any tips?
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @blackmamba9203, no, you will find this in my next personal pack on the 10th of Dec (FM20 Transfers & Data Update Packs by pr0 + FMTU).
  • blackmamba9203's avatar
    does this fix allow for Chelsea to spend in January 2020?
  • Stam's avatar
    Both files have just been updated to reflect all feedback we've received over the past 4 weeks. Thank you for taking the time to contribute / suggest corrections for this pack. :yes:
  • Scottishness85's avatar
    Nice ,Despite what it says this name fix worked on a save i already had :D
  • Atomichazza's avatar
    Marco Rose name doesn't appear to be fixed for me?
  • eightieskid83's avatar
    Anyone have issues with Nations & Nationalities not displaying correctly?
  • blackmamba9203's avatar
    any update on fixing Juventus stadium??
  • MaxGoal_Bayern's avatar
    I wonder what that "swear_words.dbc" is about....
    Does anybody know?
  • mikole_12's avatar
    hey there, does someone know a names/licences fix, where the club names are in the respective home languages? for example bayern münchen and not munich
  • daherlihy's avatar
    This doesn't work in FM Touch (Android)
  • MrGuimas's avatar
    Hi. Will new Europa League 2 tournament be fixed?
  • GuardianLORD's avatar
    Why is the short name for Manchester United not in the text file? I want to change it to "Man Utd" but in the game, it always comes up as "Manchester U"
  • oskareklof's avatar
    Good work, though I would appreciate (if not already fixed) a change of Munich to München (Bayern München, 1860 München). Why? Because you don't call AS Livorno - AS Leghorn, or IFK Göteborg - IFK Gothenburg.
  • Aktham Shraiba's avatar
    Still not fix Juventus stadium name and Juventus under 20 and B team still not fix also
  • JereFere's avatar
    Hey guys, hello Stam! I really appreciate all the work you've done for FM so far - keep it up, man :)

    One quick question. I struggle to find a license fix for competitions like the Champions League or the Euro League.
    I would be really glad if someone can link or explain me how to fix this.
    Thanks in advance and best regards!
  • Salmin Gabriele's avatar
    Buonasera io ho provato a scaricarlo e dopo aver avviato il gioco mi corregge il nome della Juventus ma i nomi dello staff rimangono errati Qualcuno puo' aiutarmi?
  • Footmob's avatar
    Wrong - Right
    Rossiyskaya Premier Liga - Russian Premier League
    Futbol'naya Natsional'naya Liga - Football National League
    Professional'naya Futbol'naya Liga - Professional Football League
    Kubok Rossii - Russian Cup
    Superkubok Rossii - Russian Super Cup
  • gillsminnow's avatar
    Hey, is there any fix for the Juventus stuff? Stadium name and training ground are still as they were before, everything else seems fixed.
  • Ales's avatar
    blackmamba9203 • 2 days ago
    Juventus save name still shows to fix?:


    Same question.
  • Matranti's avatar
    @ogden - have you applied the fix to the new folder created since the full release? I'm not near my laptop at the moment but there will be a new folder in the database folder like 2010 which it will need to be applied to as the game will load the data from the most recent version of folder
  • ogden's avatar
    Has this stopped working? My beta save was fine but I've just started another and its changed back

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