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FM 2017 Real Names Fix

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Due to licensing issues some important competitions and clubs do not have their real names displayed in Football Manager 2017, and also some national teams don’t have real players selected. That can be fixed with this download though, it’s fairly easy and you will enjoy real names in FM 2017 for your favourite clubs, competitions and also real players in national teams like Germany, South Korea, Japan or China.

You can see some examples in the screen shots below (click on image to expand):

There is an extensive list of changes included in this fix, I will name just a few:

  • Real names for Premier League, Champions League, Europa League, UEFA Youth League
  • Real international award names
  • Real names for German clubs and leagues
  • Real names for Brazilian clubs in Serie A, Serie B and Serie C
  • Real players in national teams of Germany, South Korea, Japan, China (the real players will appear only after a squad is selected for a match)
  • Real names of various playable leagues

FM 2017 Real Names Fix Download

You can download the file by clicking the image below:

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Please note: If you want to share this download on your website you will have to link back to this page, do not host the file elsewhere or post the direct download link! Thanks. 

FM 2017 Real Names Fix Installation

1. Navigate to Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2017>data>db>1700 and delete the following folders: “lnc”, “dbc” and “edt”. (Make a backup of it in case you want to revert to the original fake names at some point). Do the same thing with the same folders in Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2016>data>db>1712.

2. Download our file, which is a zip archive, then you will have to extract it to this folder: Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2016>data>db>1700> and also to Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2016>data>db>1712.

For Mac users, the respective folders should be in / Users / (username) / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2017 / data / db / 17XX.

3. That’s it, start or re-start your game and enjoy!

If you spot any more teams or competitions in FM 2017 that need name changing, please let me know and I will release a new version of this download to fix them.

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43 Comments

43 Comments

  1. ornx

    October 18, 2016 at 21:50

    fix la liga clubs.

    • Johnny Karp

      October 19, 2016 at 07:34

      Fixed now, please download the fix again to apply the new version.

  2. Andy

    October 19, 2016 at 12:47

    Thanks for the fix… by the way Real Hispalis in La Liga should be Real Betis Balompie

    • Johnny Karp

      October 19, 2016 at 12:54

      I think I just called it “Betis”, it’s the name everybody in the international environment knows.

    • Johnny Karp

      October 19, 2016 at 20:09

      Actually there’s something weird with Betis. The name change is included in the fix along with the others, all the other names change in the game except this one. Can’t figure it out yet.

      • afonso

        October 19, 2016 at 23:14

        Oh cmon!…. It’s the team I chose!!!! Cant u fix it?

        • Johnny Karp

          October 20, 2016 at 06:51

          Unfortunately not at the moment, can’t figure out why its name doesn’t change along with the others.

        • Johnny Karp

          November 4, 2016 at 14:28

          It’s fixed now! Please download the file again and also check out the updated instructions. I can guarantee it works now.

    • Johnny Karp

      November 4, 2016 at 14:28

      It’s fixed now! Please download the file again and also check out the updated instructions.

  3. Daniel

    October 31, 2016 at 15:36

    Anyone have any idea of where the files to replace would be hiding on a mac? I’ve had a look for them but nothing doing. Thanks

    • Huzaifa

      October 31, 2016 at 20:07

      Launch Steam. Head to your library. Right click on FM17. Properties. Local files. Browse local files. Data. DB. Voila!

  4. fabio Mota

    November 4, 2016 at 16:32

    i did all the things you say and the german league was correct fixing the names, but the germany still have the grey players

    • Johnny Karp

      November 4, 2016 at 16:48

      Real players should appear as soon as they select a squad for a match.

  5. Vader

    November 5, 2016 at 08:51

    INTER name needs to be fixed to FC Internazionale or just Inter Milan and Olympiakos SF Piraeus to Olympiacos CF Piraeus

    • Johnny Karp

      November 5, 2016 at 08:59

      Yes, thanks for the heads up. I’ll let you know when I’ll have a new version of the fix available.

    • Johnny Karp

      November 5, 2016 at 09:49

      Actually Olympiakos seems to be correct, the original name of the club in Greek is Olympiakós Sýndesmos Filáthlo̱n Peiraió̱s, so it’s Olympiakos SF.

      • Vader

        November 5, 2016 at 10:04

        Check it on wikipedia, it has been Olympiacos CF Piraeus since 2004 (It is the club i support so i kinda know these things)
        https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Olympiacos_F.C.

        • Johnny Karp

          November 5, 2016 at 10:11

          I did, that is where I found that info. Please read more than the title of the article on Wikipedia. CFP is the English abbreviation, SFP is reflecting the original Greek name.

          • Vader

            November 5, 2016 at 10:22

            I know, the main change was from Olympiakos to Olympiacos back in 2004. In any case, CF or SF makes little difference as long as the club’s name is Olympiacos as it appears in every major European tournament (UEL,UCL etc). Really appreciate your work and your time to answer, hope there is not any misanderstanding. Let me know if u fix it to Olympiacos along with Inter Milan :)

          • Johnny Karp

            November 5, 2016 at 10:29

            I remember that I was in Athens last summer and went to see the Olympiacos stadium :) Anyway, I will start working on the new version today, hopefully it will be ready in a few hours. I’ll let you know.

          • Johnny Karp

            November 5, 2016 at 11:13

            Done. Please download and install again.

  6. Patrick

    November 5, 2016 at 11:49

    The Holland national team manager is still called Jan Jansen instead of Danny Blind

    • Johnny Karp

      November 5, 2016 at 12:03

      You might have an earlier version of the fix, please download and install the current version.

      • Patrick

        November 5, 2016 at 12:55

        Turns out I did. Excellent, thanks!

  7. matty

    November 10, 2016 at 18:32

    I dunno if I’m doing it wrong but its making no difference for me at all

    • Johnny Karp

      November 10, 2016 at 18:41

      You’re most likely doing it wrong. Take some time to read the instructions and it will be fine.

  8. matty

    November 10, 2016 at 19:20

    Is there a YouTube video out there of it because I’m 90%sure I’ve done it right

    • Johnny Karp

      November 10, 2016 at 20:10

      No, I don’t have a video unfortunately.

  9. matty

    November 10, 2016 at 20:58

    Turns out it had worked, I thought it had the Spanish league badges in it

  10. Paul

    November 27, 2016 at 07:48

    I did everything mentioned above, but it seems to have no effect on my mac. Any idea why?

    • Johnny Karp

      November 27, 2016 at 07:52

      There can be quite a few possible explanations. Maybe you didn’t replace both folders mentioned in the instructions?

  11. James

    December 7, 2016 at 20:28

    Hmm strange, this seems to work for most leagues and teams, but for some reason the Brazilian football clubs still don’t have the correct names.

    • Johnny Karp

      December 7, 2016 at 20:44

      Not entirely sure but I think the Brazilian names work only when you start a new save, they might not change in a save that was started before installing the fix.

  12. Tony

    February 7, 2017 at 12:52

    Hi, I’m about to attempt to do this for my new save. Does this give clubs the real badges too?

    • Johnny Karp

      February 7, 2017 at 13:27

      No, it just fixes the names where needed.

      • Tony

        February 7, 2017 at 14:56

        Thanks, ive downloaded the premier league pack no problem and I’ve followed the instruction’s for this but it doesn’t seem to work.

  13. Shubhradeep Nag

    February 8, 2017 at 15:40

    i have 17.1.2 patch installed but i dont have 1712 folder what to do?

    • Johnny Karp

      February 8, 2017 at 16:56

      It should be there. If you have the patch installed the folder should be there, but maybe you are not looking in the right place?

  14. Gilbert

    February 9, 2017 at 05:44

    hello, i did all the step you gave but in my save the japan and germany national team player are still grey even after the latest call up.
    i replaced the original files from : Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2017>data>db>1700> and also 1712 with the files i get from here, but still nothing happened.
    do i need to replace the files from the other 17xx too?

    Thanks before

    • Johnny Karp

      February 9, 2017 at 07:17

      Yes, try to replace the others as well. It should work.

  15. Nicolas

    April 17, 2017 at 13:45

    Hi Johnny, first thanks for the effort. I have downloaded the file and followed the steps you’ve mentioned but when i try to start a new game, the non-licensed teams still showing with their fantasy names. Iam missing something?

  16. Thomas

    April 20, 2017 at 11:16

    Hi, thanks for your work, could you update the NYCFC in MLS to New York City FC? NYCFC is more like a 6 letter name than a football club name. Thanks

  17. rui

    August 30, 2017 at 20:52

    i dont have fm2016 but i do have 2015, does it affect in the fix of the names? i ask this, because i did what is said and didnt change anything. or maybe im doing something wrong :P

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