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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 03, 2023   667867 views   72 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 2330 folder.

    \Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\common\Football Manager 2023\data\database\db\2330\

    \Program Files\Epic Games\FootballManager2023\data\database\db\2330\

    /Users/[username]/Library/Application Support/Steam/steamapps/common/Football Manager 2023/database/data/db/2330/

    /Users/Shared/Epic Games/FootballManager2023/database/data/db/2330/

  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 prior to the 23.3.0 patch, you need to apply this fix to the 2300 folder as well!

For reference, the folder structure of the path you need to apply the fix is as follows:
  • 2330
    • 2330_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

72 comments have been posted so far.

  • DexterHovis's avatar
    @GodAtum I'm pretty sure that you comments refer to a different real name fix not this one
  • DexterHovis's avatar
    Everything's working correctly now. I'm not sure what I've done differently but anyway all's well!
  • GodAtum's avatar
    Please make the beta limitations clear!

    For the beta version of the game, the below are NOT possible due to the structure of the files. They will be available once the full game is available.

    Brazilian clubs' text colours are changed through an editor data file.
    Another editor data file creates the Ajax non-playing staff and the German national team manager missing from the database due to licensing restrictions.
    The addition of real-life media and journalists, encompassing most major footballing nations and continents.
    Finally, it includes a small file which corrects the 3-Letter competition names to correspond with any changes made in the lnc files.
  • frtslck's avatar
    is it possible to change lecce, napoli and monza's short names on match screen or do we have to wait for fm 23 editor's release on nov 8th?

    for example: i'm managing fiorentina and when i was playing against napoli it showed as "par-fio" instead of "nap-fio", it's same for monza(bri) and lecce(sal).

    i couldn't find it in the file which we added to "all" folder. i guess it'll be fixed via fm 23 editor but wanted to ask here first.
  • can_9's avatar
    Organization names are not written in Turkish. For example champions league etc.
  • BigFatBananas's avatar
    for Monza.. just amend manually as per below

    open FM23 clubs names by FMScout (open as notepad)
    ctrl+f (search for Monza)
    change as per below
    "CLUB_NAME_CHANGE" 1149 "Associazione Calcio Monza" ""
    "CLUB_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 1149 "Monza" ""

    close FM23 and reopen.
    All done
  • RatedRSuperStar's avatar
    Monza showing as Brianza
  • Rivanov's avatar
    I don't know if it's only in my game.. or that it's a bug. But on my schedule page, the Emirates Stadium is sometimes called Arsenal Stadium. When I click on it, it changes to Emirates Stadium (and vice versa)
  • KODIAK's avatar
  • DexterHovis's avatar
    @Messenjah I can confirm that I did start a new game but this did not help
  • tvalente091's avatar
    "Steam" isn't appearing for me in the application support tab, does anyone know how to fix this?
  • Messenjah's avatar
    @DexterHovis did you start a new save after applying the fix? It doesn't work with old saves.
  • DexterHovis's avatar
    Double checked that I have followed your instructions correctly but I still see that Napoli and Monza are Parthenope and Brienza.
  • Messenjah's avatar
    Some short names (the 3 letter abbreviations in match panels) still need looking at, like Napoli is still PAR and Monza is still BRI.
  • Spidernimrod's avatar
    the unarchiver will not extract files. any other apps I could use on Mac
  • bigyin58's avatar
    TNP...I really should have read your instructions before posting my previous. All teams properly named including Napoli & Monza. Great work as always
  • MacZidane's avatar
    @ruuddude73 - The German players will remain fake players until the next international call up where the real players will then be called up
  • zeppi7's avatar
    Why is Manchester United called Manchester UFC?
  • ruuddude73's avatar
    Even after applying this fix, German National team has fake players still
  • thorvacic's avatar
    Croatian league are not call any more HT Prva HNL...
    Official names of leagues are:
    SuperSport HNL
    SuperSport Prva NL
    and cup name is SuperSport Superkup
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @brunotrink, noted. There was a thing that I didn't check. Will be fixed as soon as possible.
  • brunotrink's avatar
    In italian Serie A, Monza is still Brienza.

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