Oct 162013

Get real names in Football Manager 2014, replacing “Premier Division” with “Premier League“, “Champions Cup” with “UEFA Champions League” and so on. Several real competition names are included in this fix, along with real award names, real names for Japanese teams and real players in the Germany national team.

After you install this fix you have to restart FM 2014 and your game should change to something similar to the following screen shots:

FM 2014 real competition names FM 2014 Premier League name FM 2014 Europa League name FM 2014 Champions League name FM 2014 real Germany team

Please note that the Germany national team will feature real players only after a squad is selected for an international match.

Here’s a quick glimpse of the most important things that are included in this download:

FM 2014 Real Competition Names

  • UEFA Champions League
  • UEFA Europa League
  • UEFA Super Cup
  • UEFA Youth League
  • Barclays Premier League
  • FA Cup Budweiser
  • Capital One Cup
  • Serie A TIM
  • Serie B Eurobet
  • Liga Zon Sagres
  • Liga Revoluçao by Cabovisao
  • Bundesliga
  • Raiffeisen Super League

FM 2014 Real Club Names

  • FC Porto
  • Benfica
  • Sporting Lisbon
  • Real names for Japanese clubs

FM 2014 Real Award Names

  • FIFA Ballon d’Or
  • Several nation-specific awards

If you want to download the FM 2014 real names fix, please click the button below:

FM 2014 Download

How to install FM 2014 real names fix

1. After downloading the file, which is a zip archive, you will have to extract it to this folder: Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2014>data>db>1400>lnc

(basically you replace the “all” folder with the new one, along with all the files in it)

After patch 14.3 you also have to replace the “all” folder in Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2014>data>db>1430>lnc

2. If asked whether you want to overwrite any existing files in that folder, select “yes”.

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

If you found this useful please share it with your friends! Also, if you spot any teams or competitions in FM 2014 that need name changing, please let me know and I will work on a new version of this download to fix them.

  155 Responses to “FM 2014 Real Names Fix”

  1. Sporting Lisbon is in fact Sporting Clube de Portugal.

    Or Sporting CP, in short.

    Sporting Lisbon doesn’t exist.

    • It does in English. Same as FC Koln is Colonia in Italian.

      • I don’t know how it’s done in English or Italian, but in Dutch we use Keulen for the city and the original name for the club. We also use Sporting Portugal, Sporting Lisbon, PSV Eindhoven etc. is like calling Arsenal “Arsenal London”.

        • You are comparing two different things. Bottom line is the fix replaces SCP with Sporting Lisbon, which is the name most English-speaking football fans know.

          • FC Koln is german and its real name is FC Koln, so I can’t get where you were going with that example. In Portugal we call the city Colónia, but I prefer to use the team real name.

            I am a Sporting supporter and I hate that Sporting Lisbon thing. As said, the real name is Sporting Clube de Portugal; Sporting CP or even SCP would be more correct.

          • Just delete the portugal.lnc file from the download and let’s get on with our lives. Or open it with Notepad and modify the Sporting name to whatever your preference is.
            The example was quite simple: have you ever heard Sporting Clube de Portugal in a BBC report, SkySports, CNN? I guess not. Just like I never heard FC Koln in Italian broadcasts or newspapers, every time it was FC Colonia. Sporting Lisbon is the name that is the most known and recognizable by the international English-speaking audience, that is my point.

          • Johny fisrt thing, thank you for having this file for us.

            Second, thank you for the tip about editing with note pad. I will do it.

            Third, Sporting supporters, generally speaking, hate when its team is refered as Sporting Lisbon. We know that Sporting Lisbon is commonly used by english speakers, but if we don’t try to correct it, the error will persist.


          • I know and I fully understand. It’s just a matter of “clash of cultures” if you want, it’s a lot easier for non-Portuguese people to refer to SCP as Sporting Lisbon. Just as it’s easier to say Benfica instead of Sport Lisboa e Benfica.

          • 1- thank you, Johhny Karp for the creation of these files.
            2- I think we go back to the FML beta, am I right?
            3- Yes, the file is easy to edit, so Sporting Lisbon, becomes Sporting CP, as I myself have done in previous Football Manager games.
            4- I only pointed out that the sporting fans don’t like the club being called Sporting Lisbon. We prefer only Sporting, Sporting CP, or Sporting Portugal, to differenciate from the Sporting Gijón, of the Spanish second league.
            5- as any Benfica fan wouldn’t like to have the club called Benfica Lisbon. It sounds just as ridiculous.
            6- or Chelsea London/Arsenal London/Aston Villa Birmingham/Juventus Turim/Lazio Roma/etc.
            7- but of course you can edit the name of any team on the game. You could easly call them “The dirty dozen” if you fancied it.
            8- having each one of us pointed out our point ov view, I think we can call the discussion ended.


          • Don’t know what FML beta is but I know you’ve been around this site for a while know. As for Sporting, I have explained my point of you, you have stated yours, I have indicated an easy way to modify that file so I agree, that discussion is pretty much over. But I have to say that nobody in the English-speaking world ever says Benfica Lisbon, they do say Sporting Lisbon quite a lot though. No need to be ironic with “the dirty dozen” or the like, I can do irony too but I don’t see the point in this case.

          • Valdemar your point is taken, accepted and even agreed with. That has been done a few comments ago. Having said that it is impossible for it to change the download, unfortunately that is life, not exactly fair considering your views but there is no way, categorically, that any point you re-write will change that. So this exchange can now end there, as any other comments won’t be relevant to other readers looking for help with how to download etc, I would rather they didn’t have to read through loads of irrelevant comments to the subject they are looking for. Thanks

    • I’m sorry, but nobody cares if ‘Sporting Lisbon’ is factually incorrect. For anyone who isn’t based in Portugal, that name is what gives them the most information. Bayern München will be continued to be referred to as ‘Bayern Munich’, even though it’s obviously ‘incorrect’. Nobody would know what the heck is HJK (Helsinki Football Club) unless it was referred to internationally as ‘HJK Helsinki’, which is obviously both redundant and incorrect.

      Furthermore, Sporting needs to be distinguished from the other clubs with the same name, for example Sporting Gijon. ‘Sporting CP’ or ‘SCP’ tells a wide audience absolutely nothing at all. And for obvious reasons, ‘Sporting Clube de Portugal’ does not work as a common name for the club any more than ‘Sport Lisboa e Benfica’, or ‘Braunschweiger Turn- und Sportverein Eintracht von 1895′ does.

      • Your name is Alex. Everybody in your house knows you as Alex. You like being called Alex and feel some pride in your name.

        Now imagine you have another Alex in your work or class. Imagine they would start calling you Alex the fat because the other guy is very thin compaired to you.

        The fact that you choose to raise que point again, 7 months after it’s closed, is what puzzles me.

        • Oh nooo, not this endless discussion again! For FM 15 I might consider doing two versions of the real names fix, one for Portugal and another for the rest of the world.

          • Nah. No need. I think Alex was just taunting one of the 3 big clubs in Portugal.

  2. This doesnt count as an editor change, so you still keep all the leaderboards, or not?

  3. Is there a link available not on mediafire? Can’t access mediafire at all.

  4. Can’t find the folder to extract this to, any help?

  5. […] However, I was able to spot the latest Real Name Fix patch which in my opinion is a must have for EVERY FM14 player! What it does is name the competitions properly so instead of Premier Division, you will get Premier League and so on. Get it from here: http://www.footballmanagerstory.com/fm-2014-real-names-fix/ […]

  6. Thanks for the help. :)

  7. help for a mac user?

  8. Thank you so much for this.

    Although the Japanese national team still have fake players in the national team. How can I change that?

  9. does this change the awards to their native language? Last year i downloaded one and then I managed in Ligue 1, all the awards were in french and i didn’t understand what the awards were for

  10. Hi

    New to Mac and don’t have a clue how to go about this.

    Help would be appreciated?


    • I have already replied to a similar question:
      “Folder location is a bit different on macs, should be somewhere in Macintosh HD > Users > YOURACCOUNTNAME > Library > Application Support > Steam.”
      Let me know if you need further help but keep in mind I don’t have a Mac so my knowledge of that Operating System is fairly limited.

  11. Top work again Johnny thanks for the tip on how to change the name in the notepad i;m sure you understand the point of view as it is true that when i got to England and heard them calling it Sporting Lisbon i though ” what the hell??” xD
    But let’s not get into that again xD

  12. Is it fully working with the full game ? :)

  13. I think you forgot to comment out line “”FAKE_NATIONAL_TEAM” 116 1″ in nleague.lnc, which makes Japan team fake.

  14. Can you upload this to the Steam Workshop?

  15. This screwed up every name in the game for me… I tried preinstalling it couple times, deleted the main folder and the Sports Interactive folder in C:/Users and still it gives me random names for players, stuff and even my couch name now !!! Is there something to fix your fix ?!

    • It deleted? Maybe you deleted. If you can follow the instructions on how to install it then it will work, if not I’m not responsible for what you delete in your computer.

      • After I tried the fix it randomized every name in the game, even my profile name. Tried to reroll the changes with placing the original files back in the folder- didn’t work. Then uninstalled the game and installed it again- still same. 3rd thing I did was to completely remove every trace of the game and the fix from my PC (deleted all folders with Sports Interactive and registries containing Football Manager) and the random names are still occuring. For example Brendan Rodgers from Liverpool is now named Yusuf Ali Delgado…. The fake players option in preferences is ticked off.
        I know I made mistake when I put the files in the db folder without renaming the leagues but somehow the Editor is not working for me , it just stays on black screen and nothing happens even when I wait for 1 hour….
        Is there something I miss? Maybe the game sends all options to a cloud?

        • Again, installing this fix according to the instructions can never ever cause what you describe is happening there. I’m not sure what you did there to be honest but I repeat for one last time: this fix does not and will not change the names of real players and staff like Brendan Rodgers. For all other problems you have with the Editor and so on, please ask SI tech for help, that also has absolutely nothing to do with our fix.

  16. Works like a charm.

    Thank you very much! :Þ

  17. Where can i find the real names of the players ?

  18. I installed the game and I saw fake names… I did nothing

  19. Hi, I downloaded the game but ; ALL players and personals names are diffirent ( I don’t select the fake names on the start ) How can ı fix this , also names are changing everytime …

    • If you haven’t selected that option then I think there might be an issue with the game, best thing to do is to contact support on the official forum: community.sigames.com

  20. i replaced the files but nothing

    names of players are not right

  21. does this resolve japanese national team players call up?

  22. why my player names in my squads such as manchester united is not a real name….how to fix it ?????

  23. In my program files I can’t find “Steam” , what should I do ?

  24. Hi Johnny, wanted to say thanks a lot for a great download, but one thing I found wrong is that in the English leagues some of the awards are wrong. For example in the championship an award is listed as a Powerade award, and the Championship manager of the month is actually listed as League 1 manager of the season. Also in League 1 and 2 some awards are still listed as Coca Cola awards.

    • Yes, you are right, I forgot to change those. Until I manage to release a new version of this fix you can open the awards.lnc file with Notepad and edit those names.
      Not sure that the error of listing the Championship manager of the month as League 1 manager of the season is due to this fix though, that might be a game bug.

  25. Hi bro, I started my game and I have all fake players. I’ve unticked the ‘use fake player’ box before starting the game. Does this patch solve that problem or it just helps renaming the leagues and awards only?
    Please help me :((

  26. You’ve named the FA Cup the FA Trophy. Deary me….

  27. i don’t find the “steam” folder.. where can i find it? i have searched it in program files and other files.

  28. Please answer me if you can: I have a huge, huge problem with my Football Manager 2014.I tried shifting it to my D drive since my C drive was getting full and that was where the problem started. When it couldn’t work on the D drive, I installed back on the C drive after deleting some files on it.

    Now, the “Sports Interactive” folder just won’t come up any more under “Documents.” I created another one and can now save my game but I can’t install logo and face packs. How can I make the game generate this folder instead of me creating it? Please help, I will appreciate it.

    • You can put the user data folder anywhere you want from game preferences, I suggest keeping it on D if you don’t have much space on C, the logos and all that can take up lots of space.

      • I emailed SEGA. They helped me with it. Let me paste what they said in case someone facing the same problem googles it:

        Please first delete the game. In the steam library right-click on ‘Football Manager 2014′ and selecte ‘delete local content’. Next, please do the following:
        Windows Vista and Windows 7:
        - Click “Start”
        - Within the “Search Programs and Files” box, paste the following then press “Enter”: %localappdata%/ (Make sure you press Enter, it may otherwise say ‘No items match your search’)
        - Delete the ‘Sports Interactive’ folder if present.
        Windows 8
        - Click “Desktop.”
        - Launch a file explorer window (a folder for example or just press the windows key + the letter “E” at the same time)
        - In the address bar at the top copy and paste the following then press “Enter”: %localappdata%/ (Make sure you press Enter, it may otherwise say ‘No items match your search’)
        - Delete the ‘Sports Interactive’ folder if present.
        Also delete this folder if it exists:
        MyDocuments\Sports Interactive
        Finally, please search you computer for other ‘Sports Interactive’ folders and delete them if they exist:
        Windowskey+F and enter ‘Sports Interactive’

  29. It still says ECC when a team places for the Champions League?????

  30. I applied this fix, but it didn’t make the Japanese team appear, same with the J-League team names. I noticed there was no nleague.inc file in the download. The German & Korean names all were right once they their squads were called up, but not for Japan.

  31. bonsoir. j’ai telecharger fm 2014 mais les noms des joueurs sont en russe, korean…… comment dois je faire pour retablir

  32. I applied the fix. But after I restart the game, delete the initial save, and create a new game, the problem is still there

    • I don’t understand exactly which is the “problem” you are referring to.

      • After applying the fix, the competition name problem is fixed. However, the problem of the player’s name is still there.

        And I am not so sure that I apply the fix correctly, because there are 10 files in ‘Football Manager 2014\data\db\1400\lnc\all’. They are:
        greek name change.lnc
        italian awards.lnc
        korean name change.lnc
        turkish name change.lnc

        Also, I don’t know if there is a problem of my download source. I download from LINK REMOVED

        • Jimmy, the problem is that you have a pirated copy, if you buy the game you wouldn’t have that problem. This real name fix refers only to competition names, award names and everything else that is listed in the post, it doesn’t fix the player names in illegal copies of the game.

          • No it is not – i have a legal game and everything is the same… so please stop saying ‘problem is in pirated version blah, blah’… just say ‘i don’t know’ because you don’t.

          • Fake player names in pirated copies is a well-known problem, so I guess you don’t know what you are talking about. If you can try to explain what your problem is I might try to help you.

  33. Why is there a fake.Inc file in there? Isn’t that the file that keeps the german national team fake? In my game I have just deleted all the files in the ‘all’ folder, but I am afraid of that not holding up once the next patch is released?

    Thanks in advance.

  34. Since adding this ‘Fix’ I have been unable to click on many of the award links i.e. the underline won’t appear when hovering over the award title/name meaning it won’t allow me to see past winners. I also can’t access the past winner list through the awards section under each competition.

    Any suggestions?

  35. I haven’t install steam. so i can’t use this in my game? is that it?

  36. Hi mate, after I downloaded it, I clicked to load my most recent saved game and it wouldn’t load, so I tried to go on ‘Load Game’ and load the game I selected but it wouldn’t load. I was wondering whether you knew anything I could do to get my game back?


    • I think the instructions are very simple but to clarify it should be in your program files or program files (X86) unless you have illegally downloaded the game of course.

      • but if you bought a cd you can install it in any place you want

        • I don’t think that is correct actually. You still have to activate through Steam and setup the game through steam regardless and to change these files it can be done through steam, which is very simple to do, hence the instructions, hence the comment. When you say any place you want, exactly what place are you talking about?

  38. I have a pirated version and everything works just fine! Thank you.

  39. Did everything correct, but it still shows the fake names. Did it twice, actually. This is frustrating! Can someone, anyone, help me, please?

    • If you have followed the instructions then all the names that are supposed to be fixed are fixed. If it’s yet another comment about fake player names, then please read some of the comments above.

  40. LINK ROTO !@

  41. Hello mate!

    After the 14.3 update the names went back to the old and wrong ones and i can’t find a way to put them back to the real ones. Any idea on this one?

    Best wishes
    João Reis

  42. Just figured it out. I was updating the 1400 folder instead of the 1430 one. Feeling quite stupid right now -_-’

  43. Doesn’t work, no changes after patch :(

    • It does work, you just have to pay attention at the instructions:
      “After patch 14.3 you also have to replace the “all” folder in Program Files>Steam>steamapps>common>Football Manager 2014>data>db>1430>lnc”

  44. Hey man it’s not working and I don’t have 1430 folder on db. I have 1400.

  45. Does this fix the names of players in the premier league?

  46. my football manager 2014 reloaded have wrong player names and d “use fake player” box is unticked i need help please

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