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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   1501835 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.

  • Fredje17's avatar
    I have already followed the steps but still have no good names. Can someone help me please?
  • KD95's avatar
    Few issues I've found in Scotland:
    All leagues are called "Ladbrokes Premiership, Ladbrokes Championship..."
    Scottish Communities League Cup is now the Betfred Cup
    Irn-Bru Cup is now the Tunnock's Caramel Wafer Challenge Cup
  • aquilotti1's avatar
    sorry guys i don know if this is because the game is still in beta mode BUT I followed all the steps for database 2001. Once I delete everything and start a new game when i select the database in the game it doesn't even give me the option to change it. it just gives me 2000 database. I followed the same steps for 2000 and the name fix seemed to work for that database. But why isnt it letting us choose the 2001 database?
  • DRMoreira04's avatar
    Only the Niko Kovač fix doesn't work here... =/ can someone help me?
  • No-one's avatar
    I can’t find the following files and folders:

    1. all-subfolder in the lnc-folder.
    2. fake.edit file in the edit => permanent folder
    3. ALL zebra files in the dbc folder
    4. These files in the dbc=> permanent folder: brazil_kits.dbc Licensing2.dbc Licensing2_chn.dbc.

    I’ve added screenshots with the files I found on this link:

    Can you help me?

    Thank you.
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @bruno8893, which changes weren't there for example?

    @fritz13, yes you should do that.

    @EmmaCarroll, if you go through every step, their name should be changed. You have to create a new game though.

    @SGDynamite, seems like the only option for now is to edit it through editor. We are trying to find another solution though, which won't require any file to be moved in the "editor data" folder.

    @FMHikayeleri, this is the Step. 8, fake.edt, that you have to delete.

    @joaquin87, I will check them and make modifications where necessary.

    @Fredje17, you have to do every step we are mentioning, these files alone won't work for you if you haven't done all these steps above.

    @Haverfm, some modifications, not worth mentioning. Every time we make big changes worth mentioning, we announce them.
  • Haverfm's avatar
    What's new in the update?
  • crusty's avatar
    @joaquin87 no one is forcing you to use it...

    Thanks for the work and effort this project takes every year.
  • Fredje17's avatar
    I am currently playing the FM2020 Beta version. However, I see that the German national team is not involved. and I already have the Real Name License fix in my game. How can I get this team into my game? Can anyone help me here.
  • joaquin87's avatar
    Why do they change the names of Argentine clubs? For Example: Gimnasia (LP) is modified by Gimnasia La Plata. It sounds really bad in Spanish.

    The same case with Estudiantes (LP) by Estudiantes La Plata or Aldosivi by Aldosivi Mar del Plata.
    Those names are good in the official database and don't have to be modified. What's more, no name of the Argentine clubs should be modified by you because you don't know them, so you don't know how they are told, nor do you seem to know how to write coherently in Spanish.

    Please do not edit the names of Argentina anymore.
  • FMHikayeleri's avatar
    Thanks for this great work guys! I really appreciate this effort.

    Just an addition

    "CHANGE_PLAYER_NAME" 8680 "Niko" "" "Kovac" is missing for the note to change Mx Freund to Niko Kovac
  • SGDynamite's avatar
    have anyone a solution for the real juventus stadium?
  • EmmaCarroll's avatar
  • EmmaCarroll's avatar
    Why are Juventus the only team in Italy with the wrong name... Zebre
  • Adriano Roberto's avatar
    And more of these here:

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 301310 "Joinville Esporte Clube" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 301310 "Joinville" ""

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 100109 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 100109 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 5781024 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa sub-17" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 5781024 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa sub-17" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 150787 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa sub-19" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 150787 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa sub-19" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 150784 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa sub-21" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 150784 "Eliminatórias da Eurocopa sub-21" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 8830770 "Campeonato Sul-Americano Sub-17" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8830770 "Campeonato Sul-Americano Sub-17" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 19168653 "Superclásico das Américas – Copa Doctor Nicolás Leoz" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 19168653 "Superclásico das Américas" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 109200 "Copa Mercosul" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 109200 "Copa Mercosul" "Brazilian"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 1301389 "Copa América" "Brazilian"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1301389 "Copa América" "Brazilian"
  • Adriano Roberto's avatar
    A few more to be fixed:

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 107205 "ABC FC" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 107205 "ABC" ""

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 8832317 "Luverdense Esporte Clube" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 8832317 "Luverdense" ""

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 301266 "Sociedade Esportiva e Recreativa Caxias do Sul" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 301266 "Caxias"

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 325 "Guarani FC" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 325 "Guarani"

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 102423 "Campeonato Brasileiro Série A" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 102423 "Brasileirão Série A" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 107191 "Campeonato Brasileiro Série B" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 107191 "Brasileirão Série B" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 107192 "Campeonato Brasileiro Série C" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 107192 "Brasileirão Série C" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 19127222 "Campeonato Brasileiro Série D" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 19127222 "Brasileirão Série D" ""

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 191577267 "Copa FGF" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 191577267 "Copa FGF" ""

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 102418 "Recopa Santander Sul-Americana" "Portuguese"
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 102418 "Recopa Sul-Americana" "Portuguese"
  • Siergiej's avatar
    I downloaded the updated version today and everything is displayed correctly :)
  • bruno8893's avatar
    i did all of the above and nothing changed when i opened the game
  • Siergiej's avatar
    I have a problem after throwing FIX to change club names, all of which contain é, ú, ó, í, á, etc. are incorrectly displayed, e.g. question marks or Chinese stamps, or the club name is not displayed at all.
    How to deal with this problem?
    My language in the game is Polish.
  • fritz13's avatar
    Do I need to repeat the same steps for 200 after I've done those for 201?
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @Kolomaster68, steam -> football manager 2020 -> right click -> manage -> browse local files -> data -> database -> db. Voilà!
  • lustgeste's avatar
    Can you edit russian divisions?

    #Rosja: do zrobienia
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130486 "Rossiyskaya Premier Liga" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130486 "RPL" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "Futbol'naya Natsional'naya Liga" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "FNL" ""
    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "Professional'naya Futbol'naya Liga" ""
    "COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 130487 "PFL" ""
  • Kolomaster68's avatar
    No database folder within fm2020 folder, any suggestions?
  • Kolomaster68's avatar
    I haven't got a database folder, any suggestions for this?
  • Kolomaster68's avatar
    I haven't got a database folder, any suggestions for this?

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