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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   4647991 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.

  • StojC's avatar
    It doesn't work perfect for me. The Champions Cup didn't change to Champions League.
  • Bluebirds's avatar
    Worked for me thanks including the Brazilian club names, without having to start a new game
  • roli850's avatar

    Thanks, that works for me, you are a star
  • Blinkeu's avatar
    why i dont have europe league? only scandinavia league, asian, america..
  • FR-Brabant's avatar

    Thanks, that option works fine for me!
    Which database file are you missing?
  • waltersimf's avatar
    For those who have problems with "EuroCup/Champions Cup"
    You must change this option to "English". You can leave Game Language as you like.
  • Bereno0112's avatar
    My game doesn`t have the database file, what should I do?
  • FR-Brabant's avatar
    - It also works for me without starting a new game


    Champions League is still Champions Cup etc. How can we fix this?!

    What chocapic said is correct, the British English version shows UEFA Champions League. But all the other languages don't. Can someone fix this maybe? It's pretty annoying as I don't play in English...
  • Valeron's avatar
    The fix seems to be working, except for the Dutch national team players. I applied the fix before starting a new save for all FM22 versions to date and all the correct names now show. The Dutch national team players are all newgens, though. Every time there is a new call-up, the names seem to change.
  • chocapic's avatar
    For me, some names like UCL displayed as European Champions Cup.
    What fixed it (besides applying the steps to the rest of the folders 2200, 2201..., etc) was changing the game to English (British) from English (US) language.
  • Adn28's avatar
    Do you guys still have european cups not fixed? Everything is working fine except this...
  • theonlyen's avatar
    dunno about u guys, but for me its also fix juve, brasil etc without strating a new save
  • David7's avatar
    Massimiliano Allegri is renamed Gabriele Milano...the fixing patch does not solve this, right?
  • Hamsikarmino's avatar
    Why is World Golden Ball not being renamed to Fifa balon d'Or?
  • RichardManuel's avatar
    Is it because there now is a file called "euro cups.dbc"?
  • RichardManuel's avatar
    Doesn't matter what I do, it is still EURO Cup and not Europa League etc. What to do? I have removed all the files from all update folders.
  • Shefeld Hammer's avatar
    Yea, I've used it for years. I know how to use it. Just solved it for me. It is conflicting with a data file for divisions down to Level 12. Something they've changed in that file is causing a confliction. As soon as I untick the data file to level 12, this works perfect again.
  • fc.cadoni's avatar
    Guys, you have to applied in all folders: 2200, 2201, 2210, 2230, 2240 etc to be work properly.
  • Shefeld Hammer's avatar
    Used this for years. Does'nt work for me anymore. It does, until I save the game and close it down. When I load a save, every team below the prem called United is changed to Utd. In the prem, Leeds United is still United but Manchester United is Man Utd. All the competitions below Vanarama Nth/Sth dont have the real name.
  • kubunio's avatar
    @BBclem12 cheers mate I can verify this method works on gamepass! Lifesaver was about to give up on touching fm22 for the year.
  • BBclem12's avatar
    I found a way for the fix to work if you have the gamepass version. Have the xbox app open and search for the game from the start menu, right click it and run it as administrator.

    I also applied the fix to all of the folders, just in case it does not work.
  • sebaserna17's avatar
    If you use gamepass, this process doesn't work. Does anyone know how?
  • Sylar917's avatar
    It actually worked for me, but only after fixing every FM folder patch (2200 + 2201 + 2210 + 2230 + 2240) like someone suggested. I have the game on Steam, not gamepass.
  • rdjonge's avatar
    Removed everything from every folder and the Dutch national team still aint unlocked
  • bartczarny's avatar
    doesn`t work as well...gamepass - nothing happens after 2.4 db update

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