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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   1420805 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.

  • recordbusterman's avatar
    Is it possible to add the six letter name to the inc file?

    For Manchecter United I see MAN UT which looks kinda odd..
  • sleepr's avatar
    If I do the real name fix am I still able to play online?
  • KoliStussy's avatar
    Brazil kits are wrong colours
  • JK1179's avatar
    Grateful of help please.
    I cannot find the folder for step 3 on MAC for Steam users.
    Has anyone got a video that shows how you do this?
    I am a new MAC user and this is also a problem for me trying to save /load tactics.
    Thank you
  • Mydwin's avatar
    The names of the championship in switzerland is false. It's no :
    - Raiffeissen Super league for D1 but Credit Suisse Super League
    - Challenge League for D2 but Dieci Challenge League

    How can I change them ?
  • Whytecliffe's avatar
    Has there been a new Real Names fix file since the full game release please?
  •'s avatar
    Is there a way to see only the club initials in the match score indicator instead of these trimmed names?
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    Changes that don't fit in this article files (clubs & competition names) can be found in this article: FM23 Transfers & Data Update Packs by TheNotoriousPr0 + FMTU. Like for example Hansi Flick.

    @KevinSmith79, nothing to do with real names (nor this article).
  • KevinSmith79's avatar
    I can't see the Manchester united small logo
  • BeardedManager91's avatar
    has anybody managed to get the Germany Job before this world cup after doing the licence fix? on my saves always goes to Thomas Tuchel
  • TheNotoriousPr0's avatar
    @KODIAK, done.

    @FMfredrik, Hansi Flick will be created in my personal pack, which is scheduled to be released today (10/11). These files are only about real club/competitions names.

    @Jamie Aubrey, no league tables need to have the sort team names. Sorry :/
  • Jamie Aubrey's avatar
    I've been using this since FM18 but I'd like a change of how the names look, Is it possible to get full names for clubs i.e Paris Saint German, Manchester City, Newcastle United, Inter/AC Milan on the league tables
  • FMfredrik's avatar
    Just wondering if there will be a update to this? Will the update include Hansi Flick as the manager of Germany?
  • kidmartin's avatar
    The ballon d'or is still named World Golden ball after the fix? Anyone know why this is?
  • poopeep's avatar
    @rjdj11 C(/D):\XboxGames\Football Manager 2023\Content\data\database\db\2300
  • rjdj11's avatar
    Hi guys, I cant find the files for real names fix? After i have gone to the file 'common' i cant find data?! Im using the xbox game pass to play football manager 2023
  • king_hernan's avatar
    Don't get me wrong - I'm a big fan of this fix, but there could be some improvements made to the consistency, e.g. Scottish clubs have "FC" at the end of their full name ("Celtic FC") whereas the English clubs don't ("Chelsea"), then other clubs around Europe have their full name ("Real Madrid Club de Fútbol").

    This isn't the fault of the fix at all, but annoying that the text commentary uses the full name, like "Exhilarating stuff from Real Madrid Club de Fútbol!" which would obviously never happen!
  • GREENLCFC's avatar
    I changed a few team names myself, but it gets saves as a "Rich text document" instead of a "LNC File" does anybody know how to fix this?
  • GNNNN's avatar
    @Shux yes you'll need to do it every time a new update is available.

    That's why you will find a new folder in the database (ex: version 23.0, 23.1 etc.)

    But the fix you did will still work with that specific save.
  • Shux's avatar
    do i have to re-do the fix again when the beta ends?
  • 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.

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