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Football Manager 2023 Real Names Licence Fix

FM23 real names fix. Fix fake name of competitions, clubs and awards with their real names in Football Manager 2023. Fix works with your current FM 2023 saves.

By Updated on Mar 30, 2023   1416260 views   92 comments
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Football Manager 2023 Data Updates - Football Manager 2023 Real Names Licence Fix
Welcome to Real Names License Fix for Football Manager 2023 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.


This is an essential add-on for FM 2023. Due to licensing issues, FM23 contains fake names for a number of competitions, clubs and awards. With this add-on, you can fix that and enjoy FM 23 with real names.

FM23 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

2023 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 2023

  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 2340 folder.

    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2023\data\database\db\2340\

    \Program Files\Epic Games\FootballManager2023\data\database\db\2340\

    /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2023/database/data/db/2340/

    /Users/Shared/Epic Games/FootballManager2023/database/data/db/2340/

  4. Open the lnc folder and then enter the all sub-folder.

  5. Delete all files you can find in there, particularly the following 4 files:
    • fake.lnc
    • lic_dan_swe_fra.lnc
    • nleague.lnc
    • roma.lnc

  6. Move FM23 Fix by FMScout.lnc and FM23 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 4 files:
    • 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 2023 with real names.

IMPORTANT: The fix for 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 23.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2330 folder as well! And if started before the 23.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2300 folder!

For reference, the folder structure of the path you need to apply the fix is as follows:
  • 2340
    • 2340_fm
    • dbc
      • permanent
        • 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
        • roma.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 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. 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 some 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 2023 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 FM23.

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Discussion: Football Manager 2023 Real Names Licence Fix

92 comments have been posted so far.

  • USMNTManchesterUnited18's avatar
    Can you update this to change the "Club World Championship" name to the Club World Cup? Right now that didn't change.
  • Peztyke's avatar
    can i delete the brexit file too, as its a pain or is there a way to stop it for lower leagues i.e league 1 restricts alot of signings.
  • bestfootie's avatar
    thank you!!
  • Gerry080759's avatar
    Seit dem China Patch 23.5 stimmen die Namen der deutschen Nationalmannschaft nicht mehr.Mit der fake.lnc ist das auch nicht behebbar, da in Steamapps der Ordner nicht angezeigt wird, sondern nur die Ordner 23.0,23.3 und 23.4.Weiss jemand wie man das korrigieren kann ??
  • erroberer's avatar
    Admin "Penhonope" Napoli name is something like this, how can i change?
  • Sylar917's avatar
    I applied this fix today with a save I started 1 week ago. Changed all 3 DB folders (2300 2330 2340) and I have the correct name for Brazil clubs even in an "older" save. Everything works great.
  • HarryK's avatar
    Is it possible that by following the instructions you deactivate attendance on the games? I am asking because after following the process the real names were applied but people also stopped coming to the stadiums to watch any of the games I've played in three different saves.
  • steven020644's avatar
    all the names of the Brazilian sub-championships and the regional championships are missing
  • binbhum's avatar
    no update 23.5 ?
  • gggfunk's avatar
    Since the 23.5 China Update has been released today, will there be another version of the fix?
  • Diimez's avatar
    yo why is there no file that can be extracted to Winrar ?? i get empty files trying to download this...
  • thanhlt249's avatar
    What skin was used in the preview picture pls?
  • viljar's avatar
    I've implemented the FM Scout real name fix and followed all the instructions, however, there is an issue with long team names (as opposed to the short ones). For example, in the text file 'Estoril Praia' is the name of a Portuguese team, and it is the short name - the long name is 'Grupo Desportivo Estoril Praia'. In-game, however, only the short name appears, including on the team's main page, while it should show the full name.

    Another example is 'Sporting Clube de Portugal', and in-game that is the long name and it shows up on the team's page, while 'Sporting CP' is the short name used, and appears so. Essentially - some teams use the long and short names where they should, while others do not. Can someone explain why it seems to be selective and how to fix this?
  • viljar's avatar
    I've followed all the instructions but it doesn't show up in the editor data menu when setting up a new career, and so the names don't change?
  • Badass82's avatar
    FTR the bit about the Brazilian clubs part of the fix is false. I just did it on my save on both my desktop AND laptop in existing saves and it worked great: SAN became Santos etc. You DO however have to do it in each DB version folder not just the latest one.
  • Marcek's avatar
    Works along with Data Tweaks?
  • Stam's avatar
    I've adjusted the instructions above as there's a new data update as of yesterday. If you start a save with 23.4, the new instructions apply. If your save was made with 23.3, you need to apply the fix to the 2330 folder. And if it was started before 23.3, then you need to apply it to the 2300 folder.
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    You might have to do it for all the versions, the fake names etc got added back in mine so I just deleted them again
  • krisbow's avatar

    Try doing the same for in the 2330 folder. My save file was created using that DB and all the files were back in their original folders so I went through the process again in the 2330 folders and it worked for my save.

    Hopefully this works (Or maybe try the original files if that's when your save was started)
  • VeeDotGaming's avatar
    this doesnt work
  • robertpetrea23's avatar
    Hey guys, so I'm having some trouble with one team in particular showing the 6 letter club name instead of the short club name. It says U Cra instead of Universitatea Craiova. example:

    I tried editing it in the INC file multiple times and no matter how much I do it, it does nothing. It's only for Universitatea Craiova, and have no idea how to solve it. Any ideas?
  • Stu352's avatar
    Why are all the team's nicknames gone???????????
  • AirforceOne's avatar
    Guys, does anyone else have a problem with the inc, edt and dbc folders get reset? I have to delete the fake.edt, roma etc files almost every day cause they get put in the folders again. I didnt buy the game on steam this year, im playing with xbox game pass and i think that causes the problem. But i dont wanna buy it on steam just to test it. Maybe someone who actually bought the game has the same problem
  • Dra787's avatar
    @mark@thewilkes It worked! You sir are legendary, thank you!
  • winger's avatar
    Hello everyone. HAs anyone solved the missing pics in france/netherland national team ? thanks

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