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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   589089 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.

  • Fraaj's avatar
    This is updated for today's full release of the game?
  • FearNoEvil's avatar
    If anyone want to fix Man Utd, 680
  • FMLjungberg's avatar
    Hi all, did anyone else experience that this fix is messing up the Hall Of Fame table? I played 2 seasons and each seasons trophy wins have been separated into to different lines. It should be under the same summary line, as I am playing with only one save game and one manager.
  • IngoU's avatar
    Gibt es eine möglichkeit wie im FM20 die Deutsche Nationalmannschaft zu Installieren?
  • PRH_Emocean's avatar
    I also have an issue with the Spanish 3rd tier, it's called the Spanish Second Division instead of Segunda División B. Thank you for all your work, though.
  • TEday36's avatar
    @pr0 Hey guys! Is there any way there could be an editor file made, like the name fixes and such, for changing those initials in the names of the clubs from Spain especially? I find it quite inestethic, especially in the lower leagues so many of them, such as CD Alcoyano, San Fernando CD , UD Logrones, most of them have this kind of namesThere are some groups in the 3rd league that 3/4 of the teams start with CD
  • XaW's avatar
    @pr0 - I've been looking over the club list for Norway and I see a lot of inconsistencies regarding short names. I've changed it on my end into a more suitable list. It's a bit too big to post in here, but I've uploaded it to if you want to change it for the next upload.
  • Lenzar's avatar
    I appreciate the effort, but why does the lnc file mess around with club names that are already correct in game? I don't need to 'fix' the English club names, for instance - and the 'fix' breaks their nicknames and short names instead!
  • ryan666king's avatar
    @MrWildebeard - if you add the following below Manchester City's entry then Man Utd will change:

    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 680 "Manchester United" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 680 "Manchester United" ""
  • Ernesto_Frida's avatar
    I have added Juve staff for myself,
    I made it public on my FMscout account files.
  • PRH_Emocean's avatar
    I don't have a " zebra turin fake staff.dbc" in any of the db folders and I've followed all of the other instructions but Andrea Pirlo is still listed as "Ivan Piazza"
  • MrWildebeard's avatar
    Have been using your file for years and love the work, I make some of my own edits but your work has been vital for that. However this year I cannot find Man Utd in the file? Do you know why it's missing? Thanks pal!
    P.S. To everyone else asking for changes, don't be lazy and make them yourself in the notepad file, it's so easy! :)
  • jordanbld's avatar
    There is a problem in France in Ligue 1, Marseille is called L'Marseille.
  • pr0's avatar
    @XaW, I just updated both your notes from Norway & Portugal's + Spain's new competitions, thanks for your suggestions. You will find the new changes in the next repack (dunno when).
  • XaW's avatar
    @pr0 - I don't think they are extinct per se, but more act as "parent divisons" for the regional divisions. So "Avdeling 1", means "department 1" and so on. No harm in keeping them anyway, I updated manually in the file and it works for me.

    Also, I don't know if anyone wrote anything, but both the Spanish and the Portuguese leages are restructured after the first season, and the 3rd and 4th tier gets new names, not sure if it's possible to fix the names in this file for that?
  • gutoak's avatar
    @gcd99br I feel your pain, man. I`m trying to play Ceará but there is no way with green and red shirts... I`ve decided to play an European team during beta... The problem should be solved when beta is over
  • nikolaosaek's avatar
    Not true man. The names change when I put your file. When I dont use it the names change to greek again.
  • pr0's avatar
    @nikolaosaek, nothing changed in greek teams compared to last year's release. Also as I read in a greek forum this particular issue (some in greek some in english) is a known issue in the beta, and in full game's release, it's fixed.

    @Ruddi_Sweden, I have noticed this mistake (Bochumm with a double mm) in previous years, is it still there? In my FM21 it's correct right now.

    @gcd99br, sorry I have literally no idea.
  • gcd99br's avatar
    Same issue as @gutoak , guizmonster and @Tango.
    Any clue?
    Is really hard to play São Paulo FC with a green shirt.
  • nikolaosaek's avatar
    Really bad for Greek team guys. You have changed almost ALL greek team names to enlish... For exp the team "Ατρόμητος" is changed to "Atromitos"
    And the funny thing is that "Europa League" has changed to "ΓΙΟΥΡΟΠΑ ΛΙΝΓΚ" !!
  • Ruddi_Sweden's avatar

    Rutgerus Johannes Martinus van Nistelrooy (Dutch: Ruud van Nistelrooij)

    Btw VFL Bochum needs a fix. It's VFL Bochumm in some places.
  • unitedarestillthebest's avatar
    Why is it you don’t fix Ruud Van Nistelrooy name?
  • Gluon's avatar
    Cheers guys !
  • ruuddude73's avatar
    I've followed the instruction to a T, it doesnt work
  • michaelandrews's avatar
    @Gluon,the correct folder is 2101, check you are not using the 2110 folder. I had the same issue because of this and now its working fine.

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