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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   4790539 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.

  • ConwayUtd's avatar
    Hi all. I went to start a new save and the real name fix (Zebre and Champions Cup etc) has been removed after the winter update. I followed the steps again, as outlined above by removing the new files and simply putting them back in. Didn't seem to work. Anyone else having these issues and maybe have a working solution? Any help would be much appreciated. Thanks
  • Minipx11's avatar
    Brazilian Clubs back to 3-letter-words since the Winter Update (2230) even after applying the 2 files in the "\2230\lnc\all" folder. Anyone else having the same issue?
  • Y3Ti63's avatar
    Hi, with the application of the patch, the name of the brazilian clubs has been applied back to the fakes name. The name in my save using 2210 ddb were fine before the patch. Is this a known issue ?

    edit : ok for other people who might encounter the issue you just need to delete again licencsing2.dbc file, it is pulled back in all database folder by the patch :)
  • msuatgunerli's avatar
    Hello. I have noticed that there's a file named licensing.dbc in the dbc folder that was installed following the 2330 update. Should that file be deleted while applying the update? Can anyone see what the contents of that file are?
  • XartinousPrime's avatar
    I made some adjustments to the greek version of the competition fixes, since there were some translation mistakes and I also removed unecessary translations that aren't used.
  • scouse2006's avatar
    Anyone know if it is possible to fix the names on the xbox pc version?
  • Witchbreed's avatar
    You need to delete all the name fixes for Gibraltar. Team names are old or wrong and the competition names are in Spanish and wrong. 'Manchester 6' is the most irritating.
  • JT1513's avatar
    For some reason the Premier League fix hasn't worked. All of the team names and other leagues have worked fine and I followed all the steps precisely, but the Premier League just hasn't changed.

    Is there any way that it can be fixed?
  • nipon7's avatar
    Hi, I think this patch is awesome. I was wondering if there exists a way to use the patch for people who is trying the game before purchasing it (games installed out of Steam or Epic Games).

    Best regards
  • jamarcus's avatar
    For some reason the names are working for everything expect portuguese clubs... any idea why?
  • Richie3616's avatar
    Hi, sorry to ask a dumb question, but I applied this fix prior to my save, however I've just checked and all of the previously deleted files have returned. Strangely, Juventus has stayed correct but all of the Brazilian teams have went back to three letters. Any ideas on how I can repair this?
  • Colonel Getafe's avatar
    @Jason290988 thanks for the database info, sorted now.
  • Jason290988's avatar
    @tomelliott00 you have to do the fix for all versions that have been released for it to work with previous saves. if you've only done it for the latest release (2210) then it will only work for new games. You need to do the exact same thing for the other versions (2201 + 2200) for it to work with previous saves
  • Colonel Getafe's avatar
    In my /Database/DB folder I have 3 folders called 2200, 2201, 2210. Is it only the 2210 folder I apply these changes to, and leave the other two folders alone or change them too? Thanks.
  • karelskocdopole's avatar
    Juventus icons, legends and favoured personnel are missing. Anyone with the same problem?
  • WizzyTheGaffer's avatar
    Sorry it doubled posted here.
  • WizzyTheGaffer's avatar
    For some strange reason everything works but I get some bits like the QF comes up as Quart de Final? and only parts of the Premier League works like Player of the Month but the Premier League stays as Premier Division
  • tomelliott00's avatar
    can anyone help, the name fix has worked if i start a new save but it has not worked with my current save
  • iekue's avatar
    Great fix, however the Holland national team isnt enabled in this fix, it only has the Japan and Germany commands in the file ive noticed, so the Holland team fix needs to be added. I've edited it myself using the original fake.lnc file (copying the Holland command and changing the 1 to 0), but it should be in this fix file as well.
  • matii1's avatar
    what is wrong... i started my save month ago and this fix worked fine, now i loaded the game and i don't have the real names somehow. I installed current fix and still it doesn't work for me...
  • Soltys1994's avatar
    Bad short name polish club Puszcza Niepołomice", short name in game is "Puszcz" without "a"

    Short name Termalica Bruk-Bet Nieciecza should be "Bruk-Bet" no "Bruk-B"
  • Krazy-8's avatar
    How do I do this in the gamepass version?
  • kava's avatar
    Working as it should on the Gamepass version
  • atthaporn's avatar
    thank you very much
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @Reacon, I am playing with FME-Zealand's skin and the names are showing correctly for Juventus. Maybe it's because you are using the default skin (just checked and with the default skin the names are truely ZEB). Maybe it's hardcoded, but it has nothing to do with the real names fix.

    @MattyPH + @leonardowilson, maybe you both should take a look at the video too.

    @FzReal + @fiodor101, we are waiting for a hotfix from SI. There is a bug right now, where newly created people randomly don't show up. Not an issue of the real names nor my personal packs.

    @stockport TID, you have to do this again for the "2210" folder. If you are still using a save game that was created during the beta, you have to re-apply the same changes in the "2201" folder.

    @ManicBro, If you are still using a save game that was created during the beta, you have to apply the changes in the "2201" folder.

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