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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   1414877 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.

  • mark@thewilkes's avatar
    You need to apply the fix to 2330 & 2300, because the update puts the files back that are causing licence changes. So I had the same problem with Roma showing as Capitoline, applied the fix to both folders and sorted. Hope that helps?
  • Dra787's avatar
    @JoeyD I also have a save in progress
  • Dra787's avatar
    Applied the fix, Roma is still Capitoline. I made all the steps described in the guide.
  • JoeyD's avatar
    Has anyone a clue why all the leagues have worked for me except the Premier League? It shows as Premier League on the player history screen but not for the actual league screen where it shows as "Premier Division" still. This is an existing save game if that makes a difference, but I've tried both this version and the one on another FM site and neither fixes this.. Any idea what's happening?
  • winger's avatar
    swainf • 5 hours ago
    its always like that after winter update (licencing) + its same for me - as well as france team.. no pics there too ..
  • swainf's avatar
    Why don't they show any Dutch faces???
  • rjhsteel2001's avatar
    This version has fixed the Brazilian clubs in my saved game as well.
  • Taktichar's avatar
    @Iaimis96 In the "common" folder are all your steam games. So you either don't have FM23 installed or you installed it on some other drive.
  • laimis96's avatar
    there is no football manager 23 folder in common. how is that possible?
  • Buvver's avatar
    @jjkf1 I did it to both and it doesn't work - ive never had issues before -cant get roma back at all
  • jjkf1's avatar
    If your using the original database still like me you will need to do the above steps in folder 2300 and not the new (2330). Or do above steps in both 2300 and 2330
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    " Delete all files you can find in there, particularly the following 3 files:

    There is a file called "roma.lnc", just delete this.

    I guess reading instructions isn't your thing? :D
  • ostkiz's avatar
    please rome come back XD
  • dragann's avatar
    Capitoline :)
  • erroberer's avatar
    Admin, Please Change the Name of AS Roma, its Still Fake name.
  • Ales's avatar
    roma.lnc ?
  • Kirilyss's avatar
    When I go to common then I didn't see other folders? What I have to do?
  • alluciano's avatar
    Does the 23.2.2 patch require an update to this or are we good just reapplying this version after we update to FM 23.2.2?
  • THE2020's avatar
    I have Napoli's correct long and short name in the game but the 3 letter code in matches is PAR instead of NAP, should this fix it or do I need another file for that?
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    Nicknames always get removed when you use this file, sadly
  • Shadowfury's avatar
    CONCACAF Champions League is still called the North American Champions League in my save
  • MosesIA's avatar
    The nicknames dissapeared. How do I fix this via the notepad editor? Fixing it via database editor does not work
  • MosesIA's avatar
    The nicknames dissapeared. How do I fix this via the notepad editor? Fixing it via database editor does not work
  • satyrvs's avatar
    Anyone knows where is the 2300 folder (and if it works) on the Mac's Apple Arcade version?
  • Spidernimrod's avatar
    Hi , This will not extract using the unarchiver or unzip. any thoughts

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