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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   1491085 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.

  • Striker76's avatar
    Hey, if you could set Man Utd to Manchester United, like it's done for City
    Also, Juventus and Bayern stadium name are incorrect
    Thanks !
  • hengkyricardo's avatar
    How about FM20 Touch?
  • KoliStussy's avatar
    the color of Brazilian teams is always wrong
  • blackmamba9203's avatar
    Juventus save name still shows to fix?
  • Tetsuro P12's avatar
    Is this Fix compatible also with Football Manager 2020 Touch or just the full version?

    Thank you
  • ParanoidBuddha's avatar
    "STADIUM_NAME_CHANGE" 43443589 "J-Village" "":

    I just realized that since it's a training ground probably ''stadium_name_change'' isn't ok :D
  • ParanoidBuddha's avatar
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 33 "Serie BKT" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 33 "Serie B" ""
    "STADIUM_NAME_CHANGE" 43156138 "Campo Ale & Ricky" ""
    "STADIUM_NAME_CHANGE" 43443589 "J-Village" ""

    Is it possible to change colors of brazilian teams? Does this file go in conflict with this one? Because they have different colors set for the same competitions.

    # Serie A (White, Blue)
    "COMP_COLOUR_CHANGE" 32 0 255 255 255 0 132 209""
    ### Serie A (White, Blue)
    "COMP_COLOUR_CHANGE" 32 0 255 255 255 15 121 204 ""
  • jamarcus's avatar
    @Stam thank you! Basically just leave everything as it was in the original, the ID switch got everything right. To be totally clear: 1474 - Belenenses, 83255937 - Belenenses SAD
  • andrew88's avatar
    Hello, I edited and pop into the file to fix the names but it is not working. What do I have to do?
  • Blindhorizon86's avatar
    Everything is fine except for Zebre stadium still showing despite the name change in the fix
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @Pluisi, if you check the video above (3:35), you should delete the bmg names.dbc.

    @scottsc84, if you check 4 comments down, Stam has already said that the new update created a new db folder named "2010". So, you should do the same things you already did for "2000" & "2001".
  • scottsc84's avatar
    just started a new save since the new update and noticed the names fix isnt working for me anymore any clues
  • Pluisi's avatar
    @Stam I noticed that in Germany the Coach of Borussia Mönchengladbach Marco Rose also has a fake name. Could you please add this for future releases.
    Thanks in Advance
  • Stam's avatar
    Added a video tutorial at the end of the page for those struggling with text instructions.

    @Josildo: Of course you can expect further updates. Will try to prepare the next one over the weekend.
  • Josildo's avatar
    Thank you Stam.
    I just roughly went through it and noticed that a lot of the comments suggestions are outstanding - IE Scottish -> Ladbrokes, stadium names and such.
    I know you're a busy man but can we expect another release in the future?
  • apvmoreira's avatar
    strange.... i had it in the 2001 and not in the 2010.....
  • Stam's avatar
    Updated instructions because 20.1.0 patch added a new db folder "2010".

    @jamarcus: Will fix that in the next update. It seems FM20 swapped the IDs for those 2 clubs.
  • rvrc91's avatar
    this hasnt worked at all for me, feel like i went through all the steps corectly, tried starting a new game
  • jamarcus's avatar
    Please keep Belenenses SAD as Belenenses SAD. They are not Belenenses, the historic club. They split up in 2018, Belenenses is the club, SAD is a company. Please, fix this, leave Belenenses SAD as they were originally in the game. As a Belenenses fan, it would mean a lot. More information:
  • Josildo's avatar
    LaLiga 123 is now known as LaLiga SmartBank
  • argaaaa's avatar
    finally managed to change Juve Head Coach real name manually by editing the FIX file and adding new line

    "CHANGE_PLAYER_NAME" 7981826 "Maurizio" "" "Sarri"
  • Surbener's avatar
    Hi in Peru "La Copa Movistar" all the names aren't wrong
  • CosminAgafitei's avatar
    In Romania, Steaua Bucuresti should remain FCSB short name and long name is Fotbal Club FCSB
    Juventus stadium is Zebre Stadium, change it to Allianz Stadium.
    Bayern Munchen stadium, change it to Allianz Arena.

    Thank you, great job!
  • gooner14's avatar
    is it just me or is bayerns stadium incorrect? well not called allianz arena ?

    p.s good work
  • Sanel's avatar
    Can you change Euro Cup II to UEFA Europa Conference League? Source:

    This is a licensing issue because of this file: C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2001\lnc\all\eurocup2.lnc

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