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Football Manager 2022 Real Names Licence Fix

FM22 real names fix. Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards with their real names in Football Manager 2022. Fix works with your current FM 2022 saves. Updated on March 29th.

By Updated on Mar 29, 2022   4790393 views   161 comments
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Football Manager 2022 Data Updates - Football Manager 2022 Real Names Licence Fix
Welcome to Real Names License Fix for Football Manager 2022 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 2022. Due to licensing issues, FM22 contains fake names for a number of competitions, clubs and awards. With this add-on, you can fix that and enjoy FM 22 with real names.

FM22 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

2022 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

We've put together a video tutorial for you. If you prefer text instructions, just keep reading.

How to fix fake competition and club names in FM 2022

  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 2240 folder.

    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2022\data\database\db\2240\

    \Program Files\Epic Games\FootballManager2022\data\database\db\2240\

    /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2022/database/data/db/2240/

    /Users/Shared/Epic Games/FootballManager2022/database/data/db/2240/

  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 FM22 Fix by FMScout.lnc and FM22 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 2022 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 during the 22.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2230 folder as well! And if started before the 22.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2210 folder!

For reference, the folder structure of the path you need to apply the fix is as follows:
  • 2240
    • 2230_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 2022 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 FM22.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2022 Real Names Licence Fix

161 comments have been posted so far.

  • Adn28's avatar
    Doesn't work for me, any fix? Thanks.
  • kubunio's avatar
    does not work on gamepass at all, removed the necessary dbc, edt, lnc files from all db folders and still not working.
  • Dometeyo's avatar
    Broken for me please help
  • starfarts's avatar
    Followed all the directions, works great in my second year save, no issues. Thanks m80!
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    @declan630 ,

    You have to delete the files from other folders as well. Like 2200, 2201, 2210 and so on. Same for you @ataksss and @JabbaThePuff92
  • declan630's avatar
    doesn't work with the new update. English language
  • ataksss's avatar
    doesnt work for dutch nt
  • JabbaThePuff92's avatar
    Its not working on gamepass anymore does anyone know how to fix this??
  • makeshiftmaestro's avatar
    Hi there, just a quick fix:
    Singapore's "Great Eastern Yeo's S League" has been renamed to "AIA Singapore Premier League"

  • Klapco's avatar
    Problem with the names Champions League and Europa League.... english language
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    I firmly believe, those who are finding "mistakes" with the names, most likely use the game in another language rather than English.

    The problem is that I am not bilingual & I can't keep up with the suggestions or with the mistakes that people have already found in the previous release in different languages. That's why I decided to remove other languages from the file.

    So those who want to play in English, it's totally fine. For those who don't play the game in English, yes most likely you will encounter issues.
  • MarkusFC's avatar
    Interesting. Just installed it, booted up an existing save and both Juventus and the Brazilian Club's names changed despite the note saying they wouldn't. Super stoked.
  • FearMaster's avatar
    If you do not play in English, there will be no fix for some cases. I compared two files, left one is the new one and right one is for FM21. You can easily see that I think it is a minor bug can be fixed because this issue was appeared when 22.4 version of the patch is released.
  • FearMaster's avatar
    Some names are wrong such as UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League in Turkish. I inspected and I concluded that the newer version of files does not contains proper lines. Previous version is perfectly fine. Could you fix it or could you provide previous version?
  • heygra's avatar
    Problem with the names Champions League and Europa League
  • BrodeeKF's avatar
    For some reason since the two most recent updates, this fix causes the game to constantly freeze/crash and is therefore unplayable. I've deleted this fix to check, and the game runs fine without it, however I won't play the game without it. Does anybody know how to combat this so I can play with this fix?
  • Klapco's avatar
    @TheNotoriousPr0 With all due respect to your work but this time the mistake is with you, I have been playing with this fix for many years, I am doing the same steps and everything was fine, now there is a problem with the names Champions League and Europa League
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    I am literally using the same files & have deleted the same files that I advice you in the topic BUT also in the video. If you don't pay attention or rushing things, you are going to make mistakes.

    If you want to be 100% sure, make sure you make the same things in every folder 2200 + 2201 + 2210 + 2230 + 2240.

    And to be clear on the matter, by using the same files my EU competitions are correct. A final patch was released last week, make sure you are deleting the correct files in the 2240 folder and make the same changes you made in previous patches.

    The video is pretty self-explanatory.

    Also it's unethical Cem95 being in fmscout and suggesting a work from another fansite, it's a huge disrespect towards this community. If you want, you can talk in private about that, not here.

    Hansi Flick is not in the game, so are the Ajax staff & Overmars, you have to use the files from this pack to make them appear: FM22 Transfers & Data Update Packs by TheNotoriousPr0 + FMTU
  • bcfcj22's avatar
    Installed and game working fine... but on the competitions page, where you get to see a smaller version of the league tables, some of the teams only have half the name written now.. eg Kidderminster = Kidder, Stockport = Stockp, Sheffield Wednesday = Sheffi. Any ideas why?
  • Cem95's avatar
    @Klapco @Quickzz, Use this one from It works perfectly and with correct names for UEFA competitions, Fake Names etc.
  • Klapco's avatar
    UEFA Champions League and UEFA Europa League have wrong names European Champions Cup and Euro Cup..please fix this
  • Quickzz's avatar
    Edit: Germany seems to work but they don’t have a coach? (Flick)
  • Quickzz's avatar
    Hi guys!

    Im using this file for a few years of FM now and I'm sure I've done the edits right. In-game Juventus is correct, Germany works fine.

    Only thing I have is that the Champions League still has the name Champions Cup and the Europa League still has the name Euro Cup. The other fixes are working. When starting a save with the 22.3 database there's nothing wrong.

    Is there something wrong with the downloaded files?
  • Booncar's avatar
    As I had the same question and already saw multiple questions about that: It works for the newest update, 2240. Just read the instructions carefully and do what they say, especially:

    "If your saved game was started before the 22.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2210 folder as well!"

    (In doubt, you can probably do it for all folders to be on the safe side I guess.)

    After that everything works fine.
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    @HotDoglgor Yes.

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