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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   4790530 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.

  • leonardowilson's avatar
    the fix isn't working for me either, followed all the steps correctly so not sure why :/
  • ManicBro's avatar
    My main save was one I started in the beta and the fix doesn't seem to be applied. Do I have to edit the 2201 or 2200 folders instead of 2210? Thanks
  • fiodor101's avatar
    is the flick problem solved?
  • stockport TID's avatar
    The names was right in the beta, but since the new game have all changed back do i have to do it again for it to work again??
  • FzReal's avatar
    @TheNotoriousPr0 About Flick missing. Weird thing is, he was in the Beta, now not anymore. Will wait for it then. Tried something else but weird enough it didnt work. Found a file for Flick comeback but it doesnt work with Ajax fix or the Juve name fix i also have.
  • MattyPH's avatar
    I completed this step by step and went back over it to make sure it was all correct. It still shows Man Utd as Man UFC and Juve as Zebra. Not sure of the other corrections it's supposed to do.
  • weirdsoup's avatar
    For anyone playing on Gamepass and wanting to use these fixes, you just need to open the Gamepass app on your PC, go to the FM22 page and click on the ... icon and select Enable Mods. This should then allow you to just follow the same instructions for Steam
  • Reacon's avatar
    It has fixed "Zebre" into Juventus, but they still have "ZEB" as their 3 letter name on a match.

    Is there a workaround for this?
  • rnichal's avatar
    Polish clubs:
    [717678] Dolcan Ząbki -> Ząbkovia Ząbki
    [714213] Stargard Szczeciński are only Stargard for some time
    [710001] Remove Avans it's only Górnik Konin

    Polish stadiums:
    [718181] Not Kolporter but Suzuki Arena
    [1300867] Not INEA but Poznań Stadion
    [54007381] Not PGE but Polsat Plus Arena Gdańsk
    [1300868] not Pepsi but Stadion Miejski Legii Warszawa im. Marszałka J. Piłsudskiego

    Here you can find Ekstraklasa stadium names link to wiki
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    All club names, Japan, Germany and Holland national teams should be correct in your games IF you follow correctly all steps. If you are having issues, instead of reporting the problem, make sure that you are doing everything correctly and you are not missing any step. All Zebra named files for example should be deleted. The "fake" file from edt -> permanent should be deleted.

    Just please make sure you are doing everything correctly, then write a reply. Many of you are reporting problems that are not there and you having trouble because you don't follow the steps.

    Hansi Flick is removed due to licensing issues, will be created from scratch in my personal update pack, nothing to do with the real names files. Japanese clubs were always empty, again, due to licensing issues.
  • Hormonlubamya's avatar
    in my game, German national team players aren't real
  • xpidi's avatar
    Hi, Hansi Flick doesn't appear as Germany coach, he doesn't even appear in the database.
  • FearNoEvil's avatar
    Anyone having problems launching the game or resuming your saves? every time I apply this fix I can't play, I need to verify files that put the files back on, and then I am able to play the game.
  • ShaunR_UK's avatar
    I've followed your instructions and al the names are correct in Brazil and Real Betis etc however, Manchester United are still displaying as Man UFC and Juventus are still displaying as Zebra and Im very confused as to how to solve this and any help would be greatly appreciated please
  • gusbarba's avatar
    with XBOX GAME PASS do this!

    open xbox app, go to football manager home... in game options (play, or buy, and icons, buy as gift, add to wishlist, play later, and THREE POINTS), select the last option (three points)

    there, select ENABLE MODIFICATIONS, this open the game folder, and you can edit the game files there!!!

  • Matranti's avatar
    Parvous - after you've extracted the files open FM22 Fix by FMScout.lnc using notepad or equivalent and you'll be able to change:

    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 45 "Scottish Premiership" ""


    "COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 45 "cinch Scottish Premiership" ""
  • PierrickBen's avatar
    Hans-Dieter Flick is not present in the game. Do you have anything planned to make it appear ?
  • Absalon's avatar
    Thanks a lot!
  • Parvous's avatar
    Thanks for this one change I would like is, the Scottish Premier League is now the cinch Premiership. I don't know how to do it.
  • ChelseaAllTheWay's avatar
    Doest it also fix Manchester United name ?
  • Avila's avatar
    For gamepass it's possible with this path C:\Program Files\ModifiableWindowsApps\Football Manager 2022\
  • FzReal's avatar
    Awesome. Btw the updated one, do i only need to replace the older files with this one and thats it? And all the other steps no need for right.

    Edit: Never mind, i see i have to do all the steps over again, because the full release is now 2210. Thanks alot anyway.
  • WillyderWilde's avatar
    Tonight with the final version works the real name licence fix or?
    I have to switch in the new version order right? :)

    Thanks for the work!
  • tibody's avatar
    Hello, great work!
    A suggestion : Is it possible to let OL and OM for french club names ? if not then is it possible to modify it into "Olympique Lyonnais" and "Olympique de Marseille" please

    Lyon and Marseille are not club names ! We -OL and OM fans- hate when journalists and foreigners call our clubs like this...
  • Romano.338's avatar
    So it's either the wrong names or the english names?! Well then maybe it should be specified somewhere on the page. That it's only adapted if you play in english.

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