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Football Manager 2021 Real Names Licence Fix

FM21 real names fix. Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards with their real names in Football Manager 2021. Fix works with your current FM 2021 saves. Updated on February 15th.

By Updated on Feb 15, 2021   589198 views   114 comments
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Football Manager 2021 Data Updates - Football Manager 2021 Real Names Licence Fix
Welcome to Real Names License Fix for Football Manager 2021 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 2021. Due to licensing issues, FM21 contains fake names for a number of competitions, clubs and awards. With this add-on, you can fix that and enjoy FM 21 with real names.

Updated on February 15th, 2021.

FM21 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

2021 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 2021

  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 2140 folder.

    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2021\data\database\db\2140\

    \Program Files\Epic Games\FootballManager2021\data\database\db\2140\

    /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2021/database/data/db/2140/

    /Users/Shared/Epic Games/FootballManager2021/database/data/db/2140/

  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 FM21 Fix by FMScout.lnc and FM21 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, Oliver Kahn from getting renamed to Jens Freund, and a couple of more people.

  9. Again go 2 folders back, this time to find the dbc folder.
    Then enter the permanent sub-folder.
    Delete the following 6 files:
    • zebra award.dbc
    • zebra turin fake staff.dbc
    This will fix Juventus from getting renamed to Zebre and prevent fake staff for them.
    • 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.

  10. Open the game and enjoy Football Manager 2021 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 21.4.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2140 folder as well!

For reference, the folder structure of the path you need to apply the fix is as follows:
  • 2140
    • 2140_fm
    • dbc
      • permanent
        • zebra award.dbc
        • zebra turin fake staff.dbc
        • brazil_kits.dbc
        • forbidden names.dbc
        • Licensing2.dbc
        • Licensing2_chn.dbc
        • ...
    • 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 2021 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 FM21.

FM21 Real Names Fix - Video Tutorial

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Discussion: Football Manager 2021 Real Names Licence Fix

114 comments have been posted so far.

  • Richie3616's avatar
    Hi all. I'm hitting a bit of a brick wall. Juventus' name keeps switching between Zebre and Juve in different files. I'm just editing kits in a new save and Juve is now Zebre whereas in an earlier save it was correct. I've checked each file and can't see any files. Any ideas?
  • rustwat's avatar
    I've done all the steps on this page, however, the pictures of the players of the Dutch and French national teams are not showing (the pictures are showing when looking at them via their club profile). The German national team does have real players, but Joachim Löw has vanished.
  • emperialruler's avatar
    hey guys, does the real name licence fix work with fm21 touch?
  • KentHammer's avatar
    link doesnt work for me keeps coming up restricted access even when im logged in
  • pr0's avatar
    @yeronyms, Juventus stadium/facilities/favorite personel will have their fix here in my personal pack here FM21 Transfers & Data Update Packs by pr0 + FMTU. It can't be done through these files. I will release most likely a new version for 21.4 today. Keep an eye on this link.

    @nealwillo, yes exactly. The same things you have done for 21.3 and 21.1.
  • nealwillo's avatar
    Is this the same file for 21.4, I've just moved it in :)
  • yeronyms's avatar
    Juventus stadium is sitll ZEBRE STADIUM :(
  • mattdanielc's avatar
    I am playing the Game Pass version... is that why when I go into the 2130 folder there are no files at all? What do I do in this instance? thanks
  • 7evenofyan's avatar
    Hello, everything works for the names of clubs, compet ... except for Pirlo who is called Piazza? Am I the only one.
  • pr0's avatar
    @ilgordopiugordo, check this topic too: How to install real names fix [Images]
  • ilgordopiugordo's avatar
    @pr0 hey great job here! unfortunately, it doesn't seem to work for me, really strange. I followed the instructios, and tried multiple times even reinstalling the game but it doesn't really do anything for me. I'm going nuts ahahaha any advise??
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    @Dwi Prasetyo Yup, this removes nicknames sadly
  • Tensaii's avatar
    Please i have a big problem... Since i installed these Inc files and delete the others, the game doesn't start ! It gets stuck on the loading and then the game suddenly stops. What can i do to resolve that ? It is possible to download all deleted files ? Please help me
  • Herakles's avatar
    @pr0 Thank you!
  • Dwi Prasetyo's avatar
    Missing Nickname for every team
  • danymatrix's avatar
  • bahadir26's avatar
    hi, i make all of these step but that doesn't work,
    anyone can help me ?
  • agben's avatar
    How can I change the competitions abbreviations? Like for example, when I search for Boca Juniors, right next to their form in past seasons, it says Hon. instead of LPF (Liga Profesional de Futbol)
  • pr0's avatar
    @kaskeloten, thanks for that.

    @Herakles, fixed.

    @ElPerezidente, fixed Oldham's name. If you have spotted any other mistakes let me know.
  • kaskeloten's avatar
    there's a typo in danish club middlefart, lost the r
  • exotermico's avatar
    I have a problem. I already made all steps in every folder from every update, but to see the player´s faces from Holand and France national teams, I have to start a new game, they dont work in my saved game. Already tried to made a fresh game instalation and I cleaned the cache too. Anybody know is there a way to fix it? Thanks
  • willshi89's avatar
    I used the real name fix, but why the award name are still faked? I followed every step listed above...but can not fix the award name...that is annoy...anybody knows how to fix it or has the same problem?
  • Lew's avatar
    I've probably messed up somewhere and have no idea if it's related to this but after setting it all up for the first time, French words have replaced 'fourth/four/quarter' in domestic clubs

    Ie. Quart de Finale rather than Quarter-Final, any ideas?
  • Webbmode's avatar
    Real Names fix working perfectly - I've recently downloaded a new database (FENECH World League) for FM21, and he is stating that the division/league names in his pyramid will not work with Real Names Fix completed. I've confirmed as much by loading up the league, and it reads like the English pyramid system instead of his custom names. Is there a way to revert the real name fix - or is there something in the editor I can do to the database to make it so these league names don't *overwrite*. Thanks
  • rjhsteel2001's avatar
    Is this like the previous fixes, in that once a new patch comes out you have to repeat the process again??

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