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Applying a Real Name Fix




Football Manager 2019 uses a very big database containing al sorts of data, but is also a game that has to cope with restrictions because of licences. Lucky for us there is an easy way to add real club names, real competition names and real trophy names by applying a Real Name Fix.

If you have installed Football Manager straight out of the box, you will notice that some things don’t add up. Some international teams, like Germany and Japan, are filled with fake players, while several clubs in Portugal and Brazil have fake names (FCP is FC Porto, SLB is Benfica and so on..). Competition names are also fake in most cases. In FM you have the Champions Cup and the Euro Cup, while we all know them as the Champions League and Europa League.

Lucky for us there is an easy way to fix these kinds of things! In this how-to guide we will explain how to fix those fake names and activate fake teams by applying a Real Name Fix.

PRO TIP: If you use the FMInside Update, you won’t have to fix the team and league names, as we include these in our Update. If you use our update, you will only have to follow step 1 of this guide.

Before we start: The Real name Fix will work on both new and existing save games. To work in a save game will have to quit the game, apply the fix and then restart Football Manager. If you load the game you will see all the new league and team names. You can also check the German national team if your fix worked. If you still see fake players: don’t panic! The squad will be filled with real players at the next squad-selection. If the national team is managed by Joachim Löw (or any other real manager) the fix has been applied correctly.

Step 1: Remove .lnc Files

The first step in all of this is activating the German and Japan national teams. For this you will have to delete the so called .lnc files.

These files are located at:

Program Files (x86) \ Steam \ steamapps \ common \ football manager 2019 \ data \ db \ 19xx \ lnc \

Mac OS:
[username] > library > Application support > Steam > steamapps >common > football manager 2019 > data > db > 19xx > lnc >

Delete all the files in this folder.

*19XX are the FM Databases

Every time SI releases a database-update, it will create a new folder in the data/db: 1900, 1901, 1902 etc. So every time SI releases a new data-update (for example the well known winterupdate), you will have to apply the Real name fix. These real name fixes are also usable for older versions of the game. In that case the folders you will need are named 15xx for FM15, 16xx for FM16, 17xx for FM17 and 18xx for FM18.

Step 2: Download a real name fix

After you have deleted the .lnc files, it is time to replace them with files that fixes competition names and other data (this is optional). There are numerous downloads within the Football Manager community that offer Real name fixes. These fixes change the standard Champions Cup to Champions League en EURO Cup to UEFA Europa League.

Step 3: Applying the fix

The next step is applying the Real name Fix in Football Manager.

The first thing you have to do after downloading is, unpacking the download with software like WinRAR (free to download). Unpack the files and folders onto your desktop and then copy these files to the following folders:

Program Files (x86) \ Steam \ steamapps \ common \ football manager 2019 \ data \ db \ 19xx \ lnc \

Mac Os:
[username] > library > Application support > Steam > steamapps >common > football manager 20198 > data > db > 19xx > lnc >

Step 4: Restart Football Manager

To make sure the download and replacing of the files worked correctly you will have to restart Football Manager. Once it has restarted you can load your existing game or start a new game. Then check if the competition names have been changed correctly (Champions Cup should be Champions League).

*Important When applying the Real Name Fix to fixing club names, you will have to start a new game.

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