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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   4790549 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.

  • HotDogIgor's avatar
    does this need to be done in all folders? or only in 2240?
  • joeban92's avatar
    guys because theres been a update,you have to do these steps again but in folder 2240, extactly the same steps as folder 2230.

    steam Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2022\data\database\db\2240\
  • Fraaj's avatar
    Is this going to get updated for the latest patch?
  • mcswifty's avatar
    Does the 2230 fix work with 2240?
    With the new rulesets?
  • umc4's avatar
    @fc.cadoni Hey, I did everything today. And it still shows Zebre etc...
    I deleted all named folders from both 2210 and 2230 folders and it still doesnt show the correct names
  • Tonymaxx13's avatar
    @fc.cadoni what do you mean a new backup?
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    @sza84 : Yes, it has been removed from the game.
  • sza84's avatar
    did anyone notice that mason greenwood is missing?
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    @Tonymaxx13 : You need a new save game to be appear correctly.
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    @Rughani : Have you deleted the files from other files as well? Like 2210 etc? Not only 2230 folder.
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    @dutyrouge : It's on the installation folder of the game. Where you have installed the game? External drive or C:?
  • dutyrouge's avatar
    I am struggling to find the relevant folders. I have checked the HDD and there is no 2230 folder or even data folder. can someone advise and help me please?
  • Rughani's avatar
    for the dutch national team it doesn't work, i never had this problem before in previous fm's
    anyone knows how to solve this?
  • minhloc410's avatar
    @pAco i have done that but only dutch nation team have the problem
  • Tonymaxx13's avatar
    Even after updating the files it still doesn’t work.
  • pAcO's avatar
    You have to clean both folders.

    "If your saved game was started before the 22.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2210 folder as well!"
  • minhloc410's avatar
    Anyone can help me . After updated the lastest version . My old save suddenly use fake player on Holland national team , before that they still call real player
  • Tonymaxx13's avatar
    Hello I changed the team name as indicated above I relaunched the game and I still have the name of the old team and not the one I changed.
  • Gagarin77's avatar
    the fix go perfectly for brazil teams and for competitions name but , not player on germany holland japan and china national team..... and when i try to install the no fix i haven t found file to delete in the folder that you have indicated , i have found that folder but that file is not present...
  • ATS's avatar
    For anyone experiencing brazilian teams having 3 letters or incorrect names, just do this process (remove unwanted files e.g., fake.edt, etc. and copying this patch) for 2210 and 2230. If it doesn't work, remove every folder except 2210 and 2230 in "...\Football Manager 2022\data\database\db\"
  • rikelly78's avatar
    your name fix database is incorrect as the League Cup in Scotland changes to last seasons name. Should be called Premier Sport Cup and not Betfred Cup. Can this be fixed?
  • SC1's avatar
    How do you change the national team names , thanks
  • silentjay's avatar
    Help! The teams from Brazil went back to the 3 letters it's disgusting!!!
  • silentjay's avatar
    yeahh teams from brasil still have 3 letters. Please help
  • dragon544's avatar
    Same here like @ConwayUtd
    Dutch national team is bad

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