How-to guides FM21

Germany and Japan fix in Football Manager

Len Nov 27, 2020 Last modified: 17 Apr 2,411 views

Due to licencing the national of Germany and Japan aren't playable in the standard edition of Football Manager. This guide will help you fix that!

Step 1

After you have installed Football Manager on your system go to:


Steam installation

Program Files (x86) \ Steam \ steamapps \ common \ Football Manager 20xx \ data \ database \ db \ 20xx \ lnc \ all

Epic Games installation

Program Files (x86) \ Epic Games \ Football Manager 20xx \ data \ database \ db \ 20xx \ lnc \ all


/ Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 20xx / data / database / db / 20xx / lnc / all

IMPORTANT: 20XX stands for version. This can be 2020 or 2021 depending on your game.

Step 2

In the folder all you will see several files. Delete the following two files from the folder:

  • fake
  • nleague

Step 3

Load your save or start a new game in Football Manager. This fix is savegame compatible and will not require you to start a new save. 

However, sometimes the national teams will still show fake players after the first load. At the next international squad selection this will be fixed.


With every new database SI launch, you will have to follow the steps above to make sure the German and Japan national teams keep real players.

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