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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   589026 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.

  • DaibhogMcKee's avatar
    Hi, I was noticed that the German National Team still have fake players instead of the likes of Muller, Gnabry etc. Is this part of the edit or are you updating this?
  • Onyewu's avatar
    Thanks Bellidne.....actually Juventus name worked with it still in the Inc/temporary folder, but I deleted it as well....there is also a "" in that folder that I don't show removing in previous I left it for now
  • jasinfinitive's avatar
    it doesn't show Pirlo as manager
  • pr0's avatar
    @XaW, I took a quick look right now and "145428" & "1301420" are 2 extinct divisions (not playable in FM2020). Maybe you want to correct them? I will personally fix them as soon as possible.
  • bellidne's avatar
    @Onyewu, yes we did removed it. It allows Juventus to have the real name rather than Zebre.
  • Onyewu's avatar
    One more item of the Inc / temporary folder there is a "zebre.Inc" in there ....I don't think we removed it last year, but please review and advise....thanks again !!!
  • pr0's avatar
    @dasistzuschwer, feel free to delete it. Everything that comes with a name "licensing" is not for good if you ask me :D
  • dasistzuschwer's avatar
    There is also a folder 2110 I dont know if its new with the beta but in there is a new(?) licensing2.dbc
    Do I have to delete this or not?

  • XaW's avatar
    Still the same errors I posted a fix for in the FM20 comment section...
  • Stam's avatar
    Updated instructions for the FM21 Beta. If you encounter any problems, please let us know.
  • percyvaldinho's avatar
    yes beta is on
  • kapiten22's avatar
    Is beta available???
  • Den1s's avatar
    @AndreiFlorin - You need to do it after every big patch, in the new database folder thats created with the version number.
  • AndreiFlorin's avatar
    Hi guys. If I am installing license fix now when beta is out, it will change the names permanently? I mean I need to do the process again when the full game is out? Thank you in advance!

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