FM 2017 Real Names Fix

FM 2017 Downloads

written by Johnny Karp


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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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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fix la liga clubs.


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


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


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

fabio Mota

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


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


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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

Shubhradeep Nag

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


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


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?


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


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