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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   589121 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.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2021 Real Names Licence Fix

114 comments have been posted so far.

  • schacoffe's avatar
    Palermo now is "Palermo Football Club" and no longer "U.S. Città di Palermo".
  • richyrichisbak's avatar
    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.
  • Herakles's avatar
    Hello. In Slovenian tier 3 you have named one club wrong. NK Ankaran Hrvatini but the real name is FC Postojna and name is correct as it is in FM 21. Ankaran Hrvatini doesent exist anymore. There is Galeb Ankaran and it plays in tier 4. Can you please rename it or how can I do it? Otherwise I have to reinstal the game and cant actualy use real names licence fix. It bothers me that my town club is named with a town thats 50km away lol
  • mcharlie's avatar
    I wasn't seeing any changes until I copied the 2111 folders over the 2110 versions :-)
  • ElPerezidente's avatar
    Is there any reason why Oldham Atheltic have had Athletic removed from their name on this? A couple of other niggles like that too. Bit of a strange one.
  • Loughlin's avatar
    @pedroleitaomota I have the same issue, in the beta it was ok and the nicknames were working too, now its not working idk why
  • Loughlin's avatar
    Why does every team in the portuguese have the right name but FC Porto SL Benfica and SC Braga are only "Porto" "Benfica" and "braga"??
    Fix that bro pls
  • pedroleitaomota's avatar
    Hey all!
    Portuguese club names like FC Porto, SL Benfica, SC Braga show in the game only like Porto, Benfica, Braga...(among others). In the fix file (i opened with notepad) the names are correctly written (FC do Porto, SL Benfica, SC Braga, etc).
    When I installed the fix in the beta version the fixed names were the full names.
    Am I the only one with this issue?
  • JustName's avatar
    Cant find the 2111 map. I only have 2000, 2001, 2010, 2030 & 2040

    Nvm: was FM20
  • valyp's avatar
    thanks! ;)
  • rjhsteel2001's avatar
    I take it you have to check the files each time there is a update to FM21?
  • hoangbrothers's avatar
    Ivan Piazza - Andrea Pirlo - Juventus Head Coach
  • pr0's avatar
    For those who are still encountering problems, feel free to check this topic: How to install real names fix [Images], to get an idea of how my personal folders look like.
  • clouston1's avatar
    Hey @pr0, quick question before I download it. Is it updated with this seasons competitions names? The one I've got installed just now has last season and no point in setting up a new one if not up updated yet. Cheers mate.
  • mike1906's avatar
    haftor95 New game update came out today
  • haftor95's avatar
    It was working 100% before the full game came out. Now Juve is back to Zebre and so on... anyone run into the same problem?
  • snaru88's avatar
    if we do this fix club's nicknames will disappear. is there any fix for that problem?
  • charliebogner's avatar
    @pr0 I checked all folders, deleted the fake etc...still not working. do you think fresh reinstall will help?
  • pr0's avatar
    @GoonerManager, I will have them fixed in my personal pack very soon (maybe even today).

    @charliebogner, make sure to recheck every folder (2100, 2101, 2110, 2111).

    @Alex_95, As I stated 4 comments below, the nicknames are removed once you add a name fix. It's the price to pay if you want to use a real fixes file.
  • Alex_95's avatar
    Why has the nicknames been removed? This wasn't an issue last year with the name fix, was it?
  • Jellico73's avatar
    @GoonerManager - Stadium Name fixes are a different file to edit. Go to youtube and search Stadium name fix by either WorktheSpace or SecondYellowCard.
  • GoonerManager's avatar
    Anyone had any luck in changing Juve's stadium name?
  • charliebogner's avatar
    I installed the update for the full version, started a new game and my real name fix is not working anymore. using Mac btw. anybody knows how to fix it? I checked the folders, and the files are still im wondering why its not working
  • pr0's avatar
    @NobleSavage, if you want to use a real names fix file, club nicknames is the price to pay.

    @Fraaj, yes.
  • NobleSavage's avatar
    Hello ,
    Has anyone had trouble with the nicknames missing from the club page ?

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