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Download Real Names Fix for Football Manager 2012

Due to licensing restrictions some competition, awards and team names in Football Manager 2012 are not the real ones. Sports Interactive can’t do much about that but we can ;) What I am offering you today is a way to see the real competition names, real award names and real team names in FM 2012 through a very small download and a very simple procedure. Once you install the fix you will be able to see glorious real names in your game, like this:

So, instead of Premier Division or Champions Cup you will see the real names that you are used to but this fix offers a lot more: real names for Japanese Clubs, real names for International Awards and quite a few more.

Now let’s get to it. First download the file by clicking the picture below:


How to install

The file is a zip archive so you will have to extract it to a location of your choice using an archive utility program like WinZip, 7-zip or others. Once you extract the files you will have a folder containing four files as shown in the screen shot below:

Now you will have to copy those four files to the following location and overwrite any old files if asked:

Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>football manager 2012>data>db>1200>lnc>all

Once there will be patches released by SI you will also have to copy those files to the update locations, those will be like this (XXXX replaces the update number, those will probably be 1210, 1220 and so on):

Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>football manager 2012>data>updates>update-XXXX>db>XXXX>lnc>all


Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>football manager 2012>data>db>XXXX>lnc>all

Please note that you will have to copy the files to both locations listed once you install an official patch.

It’s quite simple but if you have any trouble you can always ask me for help. If you like this download please show your support by tweeting this post, liking it on Facebook or sharing it via Google +1, all these links are just below the post title. Thanks and enjoy the game!



  1. plobdork

    October 22, 2011 at 13:29

    very helpful johnny thank you :P

  2. Marklar

    October 22, 2011 at 14:00

    I’ve deleted the original files in the “all” folder to get real players in the German national team.
    Will these files undo that?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 22, 2011 at 14:01

      That will probably happen but then you can delete the “fake” file and things should be OK.

      • Marklar

        October 22, 2011 at 14:21

        Ok. Thank you! :)

  3. Laxeyman

    October 22, 2011 at 14:08

    I’ve done all that, but for some reason the names haven’t changed. Do you have to restart the game to see the changes Johnny?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 22, 2011 at 14:09

      Yes, you have to restart the game. Sorry, I forgot to mention that :)

  4. TheZiggy

    October 22, 2011 at 14:28

    That’s great stuff. It’s only names, but it’s always nicer to see the real ones.

  5. Nicholas Phipps

    October 22, 2011 at 15:46

    Working well for me, thanks :)

  6. vaibhavc

    October 22, 2011 at 16:10

    It will be helpful for me, thanks!

  7. huckleberrypie

    October 22, 2011 at 17:30

    does this work for mac???

    • Johnny Karp

      October 22, 2011 at 17:39

      It should work but I don’t know where those files should be located on a Mac.

  8. Adam Pemberton

    October 22, 2011 at 18:23

    how do i download this lol

    • Johnny Karp

      October 22, 2011 at 21:07

      If you can’t figure out how to download the file I guess you shouldn’t even try to install this. Sorry.

      • pembo3000

        October 22, 2011 at 21:40

        u now were i can get a megalogo pack for fm2012

        • Johnny Karp

          October 23, 2011 at 08:47

          There will be a separate post about that.

  9. Matthew Webb

    October 23, 2011 at 08:41

    It won’t let me download, when I try and click on the pic all i get is a page loading up with an error message. Anyone else got this problem??

    • Johnny Karp

      October 23, 2011 at 08:46

      I have tested the link again and it works just fine. So I guess there might be a problem with your browser, you could try to open that link in another browser.

  10. Sears

    October 23, 2011 at 21:06

    Thanks a mil Johnny! I couldn’t get these onto the game last year, so I’m hoping for a better result this yr ;) Cheers pal!

    • Johnny Karp

      October 24, 2011 at 14:23

      Let me know if you have any problems with the installation.

  11. Graeme Faz

    October 24, 2011 at 21:46

    hello mate, whats the crack with the german national team?? how do get the real players in it??

    • Johnny Karp

      October 25, 2011 at 07:14

      I am not really sure but I think that if you delete the “fake” file you will get the real players in the German team.

  12. Mick

    October 25, 2011 at 12:39

    This fix doesn’t fix the Portugal league. team like Sporting Lisbon etc? kindly update it?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 25, 2011 at 13:18

      You are right. I have identified FC Porto, Benfica and Sporting, are there any other wrong names in there?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 25, 2011 at 15:20

      I have created a fix that adds the real names for F.C. Porto, Benfica and Sporting Lisbon. You have to download a small file named “portugal” and add it to the same folder as the others:
      Let me know if other names need changing.

      • Mick

        October 25, 2011 at 16:33

        Does this work on current save?

        • Johnny Karp

          October 25, 2011 at 16:43

          Yes, it does. You will just have to restart the game to see the changes.

  13. Peter

    October 27, 2011 at 22:35

    One question on the update 1202 folder i cant find a db folder. Can you help me on that?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 28, 2011 at 08:37

      There is no need, that update is not a full-fledged patch. You just have to add the files to the one specified folder and the real names should show in your game.

  14. Peter

    October 27, 2011 at 22:44

    And by the way, as a Portuguese person and a true lover of Sporting I feel the need to inform you guys that the name is not Sporting Lisbon but Sporting Clube de Portugal or Sporting CP. It’s just the lack of recent european history that makes it show like that on Champions League games

    • Johnny Karp

      October 28, 2011 at 08:38

      Thanks for the info. You can correct that in your file, just open it with Notepad and replace the wrong name with the correct one if you want.

  15. lol

    October 31, 2011 at 15:26

    hey when i go to the folder updates/updateXXXX/ the db folder does not exist :( what can i do?

    • Johnny Karp

      October 31, 2011 at 15:31

      I have already answered that question, you don’t need to put anything in that folder now simply because there wasn’t a db patch released yet.

  16. Ivo

    November 1, 2011 at 14:44

    Thanks for the fix,but i cant find the directory :Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>football manager 2012>data>db>1200>lnc>all

    I have only this: Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>football manager 2012 demo>

    • Johnny Karp

      November 1, 2011 at 14:49

      Then maybe you didn’t install the game via Steam? Just find the corresponding folder in your game installation folder, should still be somewhere in “Program files”.

      • Ivo

        November 1, 2011 at 15:00

        I found it!
        Yes,i dind install the game via Steam.I forgot about that… Thanks a lot,mate!

        • Johnny Karp

          November 1, 2011 at 15:07

          No problem, glad you sorted it out.

  17. Andrew Taylor

    November 1, 2011 at 18:00

    Can you please change the FA Cup sponsor from eon to budweiser?

    • Johnny Karp

      November 1, 2011 at 18:11

      I will, thanks for the heads up.

      • Andrew Taylor

        November 1, 2011 at 23:07

        Thank you, guess i will have to download the file again once edited or is there a way i can change it myself?

        • Johnny Karp

          November 2, 2011 at 06:27

          I am planning to release a second version which, obviously, you would have to download. But you can do the modification yourself, just open the file named “competitions” with Notepad, find the FA Cup and change the name and then save the file.

  18. Sears

    November 6, 2011 at 01:35

    Yes!! Finally, these showed up properly in my game :) Was chatting to guys on steam, and they told me how to install them properly as I couldn’t, AGAIN :D Least I’ll know how to install them prop in the future… :)

  19. jumpsker arsenal

    November 17, 2011 at 10:23

    i dont file the ‘steam’ file….so,what i have to do?

    • Johnny Karp

      November 17, 2011 at 10:37

      I assume that you installed the game from a DVD and in this case you should find the FM 2012 installation folder, usually it’s in Program Files>Sports Interactive>Football Manager 2012 and then find the corresponding folders from the instructions.

  20. Sunny Nayak

    December 22, 2011 at 16:45

    Hello there Johnny, I would like to mention that the real names of cup competitions in Spain still are the same, Copa del Rey is still spanish cup and Supercopa de España is still showing as spanish super cup… Could you please show me the way how to change it into these real names..!

    • Johnny Karp

      December 22, 2011 at 16:58

      It’s not very complicated, you will have to edit the competitions.lnc file. But first you have to open the game, select “show unique IDs” in the game preferences, then go to the respective competitions and write down the IDs. Then open the competitions.lnc file in Notepad or Wordpad and add those competitions like this:
      “COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE” ID “Copa del Rey” “”
      You will have to replace the ID with the actual number and also do the same for the short competition name
      “COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE” ID “Copa del Rey” “”
      Then save the file and you’re good to go. Let me know if you have any trouble.

      • Sunny Nayak

        December 22, 2011 at 20:22

        Alright, I understood the procedure perfectly, I also edited competition.Inc file “COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE” 1301422 “Copa del Rey” “” and short competition name precisely as you said, yet i don’t see the change in my game..!

        • Sunny Nayak

          December 22, 2011 at 20:56

          Oops my bad…!!
          The changes have taken effect, i was simply reloading the skin to see the changes, i restarted FM2012 and now i have the original names for my cups :D
          Thanks a ton Johnny, you’re a genius.

          • Johnny Karp

            December 23, 2011 at 06:27

            Cheers mate, I’m glad that you sorted it out.

          • Sunny Nayak

            December 24, 2011 at 06:18

            Cheers buddy, I’m glad you’re always there to help our problems out… Keep up the wonderful work.

  21. Sam Horsley

    February 11, 2012 at 10:44

    What does these files consist of?
    So the Awards – Sorts the awards out.
    Competitions sorts the competition names out.
    But what does the, ”Fake” and ”nleague” do?

    • Johnny Karp

      February 11, 2012 at 11:16

      The “fake” file can be deleted as far as I know, the “nleague” file has the correct names for the Japanese teams.

  22. Bence Répási

    April 6, 2012 at 16:10

    Hi Johnny and thank you for this cool download! It’s a lot more realistic and with the logo pack they are great addition to the game.

  23. Conor Donovan

    April 12, 2012 at 21:17

    Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>football manager 2012>data>db>1200>lnc>all

    How do you find that location?

    • Johnny Karp

      April 13, 2012 at 08:38

      You can find it using Windows Explorer, like you do with any other file or folder.

  24. Muhammad Azli Rusli

    August 26, 2012 at 20:19

    you suppose to find in SEGA>FOOTBALL MANAGER 2012>DATA>DB>1200>INC>ALL

  25. harden

    November 13, 2012 at 15:48


    can I get some help here. I’m doing work all of the updates in the form of a classic game.
    but not football manager version.

    • Johnny Karp

      November 13, 2012 at 16:00

      FM Classic uses the same database, so I think this should work exactly the same as in the full FM version.

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