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FM2020 Licensing and Real Name Fix File v2.3 for FM20.4.1 [released on 28/04/2020]
This file will need to be re-applied if/when official patches/updates are released to ensure full compatibility. This is due to the fact that some files which are removed when installing this file are automatically re-installed by Steam when official patches come out.

Some of these changes, ESPECIALLY THE CLUB NAMES, do NOT apply in FM Touch or in existing save-games. There's a workaround for that in the first post.


The sortitoutsi real names fix changes the instances of fake names in Football Manager 2020 to the proper, real life names for awards, cities, stadiums and competitions, in cases where the actual name is not licensed, such as Champions League, Europa League and Premier League displaying instead of EURO Cup, EURO Vase and Premier Division respectively. It will also fix the fact that the German and Japanese National teams don't call up real players and that the Bayern Munich and Borussia Mönchengladbach managers have fake names. These are all fully save-game compatible.

There is also a club name changes file, which changes the names of clubs in a way which ensures that any nicknames entered in the default database are retained. This file includes the proper names for Brazilian, German, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian (including Juventus) and French clubs to circumvent licensing restrictions. It also adds real-life media and journalists, encompassing most major footballing nations and continents. Brazilian clubs' text colours are also changed through an editor data file. Finally, it includes a small file which corrects the 3-Letter competition names to correspond with any changes made in the lnc files. For all the files in this paragraph to work, however, you will need to start a new game.


Follow the below instructions to install this version of this file

STEP 1.
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2000
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2001
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2010
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2030
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
Program Files (x86)\Steam\SteamApps\common\Football Manager 2020\data\database\db\2040
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders

Notes:
\Program Files (x86)\
could be
\Program Files\
depending on your set up.

Mac
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2000 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2001 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2010 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2030 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders
OPEN
 / Users / username / Library / Application Support / Steam / SteamApps / common / Football Manager 2020 / data / database / db / 2040 
DELETE the dbc , edt and lnc folders

You can find these folders by clicking, in the Finder, the Go menu in the menu bar, then choose Go to Folder and type the folder path name (obviously inserting your username), then click Go.

You can get to the Library folder by simply selecting Go from the top bar and holding "alt" key - The Library folder suddenly appears on the drop down

For Mac Lion users, the Library folder will be hidden. Use this link to find out how to show it.

For those struggling to find the Steam and Steam Apps folder etc using Mac with the new OS High Sierra, this link below shows how you can unhide your Library folder which will then let you find the other folders.

Slightly more detail in this post



STEP 2:
COPY the dbc, edt and lnc folders from the downloaded pack

STEP 3:
PASTE them into each of your respective folders mentioned in step 1.

These are what the respective folder structures should look like in the 2040 folder:

dbc: https://i.imgur.com/je40Ajx.png
dbc/permanent: https://i.imgur.com/1FH8ABp.png
edt/permanent: https://i.imgur.com/aat5BqX.png
lnc: https://i.imgur.com/a87Z77C.png

STEP 4:
COPY the 8 files located in the EDITOR DATA FILES folder in the downloaded pack

STEP 5
PASTE to
\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\editor data

\Documents\Sports Interactive\Football Manager 2020\\GAMEPASS\editor data



Users/YOUR Mac USERNAME/Library/Application Support/Sports Interactive
By default this folder is hidden, so to access you need to do as follows:

Open Finder
Click ‘Go’ from the menubar
Press and hold down the ‘Option’ (Alt) key
This will bring up the ‘Library’, click to enter then go to ‘Application Support’ -> ‘Sports Interactive’ -> ‘Football Manager 2020’


This should be what your editor data folder looks like now. There may initially be a config.xml file in this folder and it can be safely overwritten; it is generated by FM every time the game starts.

https://i.imgur.com/u8XTmoc.png



To make sure the files have been applied correctly, go to the Champions Cup and EURO Vase in your saved game, and they should be renamed to Champions League and Europa League respectively. If you are in the middle of a save-game, Japanese national teams will be populated in the next instance that players are called up, and not immediately. Do keep in mind that this file does not add Japan-based players, who are not in the official database and will need a third-party add-on to be created and added.

Club names are only changed if you apply the editor data files before starting a new game. For a workaround if you've already started a new save-game, then please read the opening post of this thread.
Discussion
#France
"COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 16 "Ligue 1 Uber Eats" ""
"COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 16 "Ligue 1" ""
"COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 17 "Ligue 2 BKT" ""
"COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 17 "Ligue 2" ""
#Argentina
"COMP_LONG_NAME_CHANGE" 102421 "Primera División de Argentina" ""
"COMP_SHORT_NAME_CHANGE" 102421 "Primera División" ""
When do the Germany and Japan NT's update? I'm currently at 6th Sep 2019 first season and both teams are greyed out atm.

Edit - Not sure why but my files seem to have repopulated which is weird. I think I have the default ones again.

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Yeah, it had for some reason. I reapplied this file again and the Germany squad has been fixed after the most recent call ups, Japan I'm assuming will update next time they call players up
Yeah, it had for some reason. I reapplied this file again and the Germany squad has been fixed after the most recent call ups, Japan I'm assuming will update next time they call players up

As is outlined in the main post and as has been the case for many years now, some of the files deleted by this download are recreated when SI official updates, so it is always wise to reinstall this download after an official SI update is downloaded, in order to avoid precisely this kind of issue
Any way to override the licensing with the USA leagues? when I start my game in say March or April 2020 I am unable to select the USA as a playable country, only way at the moment is to just add the league in game for 1/1/2021. Much appreciated it frustrates me every edition.
Any way to override the licensing with the USA leagues? when I start my game in say March or April 2020 I am unable to select the USA as a playable country, only way at the moment is to just add the league in game for 1/1/2021. Much appreciated it frustrates me every edition.

It's hard-coded and there's nothing which can be done about it, I'm afraid.
It's hard-coded and there's nothing which can be done about it, I'm afraid.


I've noticed some USA files, some not all actually get around this little issue, maybe those users re-did the whole nation rules or something like that.
I've noticed some USA files, some not all actually get around this little issue, maybe those users re-did the whole nation rules or something like that.

I'm not aware of this; best to speak to the creators of those files to see how they sorted it.
As is outlined in the main post and as has been the case for many years now, some of the files deleted by this download are recreated when SI official updates, so it is always wise to reinstall this download after an official SI update is downloaded, in order to avoid precisely this kind of issue


It was a strange one, because everything was up to date or at least I think it was.
Any way to override the licensing with the USA leagues? when I start my game in say March or April 2020 I am unable to select the USA as a playable country, only way at the moment is to just add the league in game for 1/1/2021. Much appreciated it frustrates me every edition.


Take a look at this : https://sortitoutsi.net/downloads/view/54298/usa-expansion-file?page=1#comment_536975
Is there any way to prevent Juventus reverting to Zebre when using the create a club mode?

Just to be a little clearer, when I start a new game on career they are called Juventus but when I start a new game on create a club they are still called Zebre. Best that I can see this doesnt happen with any other name change.

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Is there any way to prevent Juventus reverting to Zebre when using the create a club mode?

Just to be a little clearer, when I start a new game on career they are called Juventus but when I start a new game on create a club they are still called Zebre. Best that I can see this doesnt happen with any other name change.

I'm afraid I don't think it's possible, due to the way the Zebre name change is set up by SI
Ah, thats cool, thanks for letting me know.
Not working. Did everything but the names, logos are still like if I hadn't added anything.
Not working. Did everything but the names, logos are still like if I hadn't added anything.

This does not add logos (or any other graphics for that matter).

Take a look here if you want logos : https://sortitoutsi.net/graphics/logos

And here if you want faces : https://sortitoutsi.net/graphics/player-faces

And here if you want kits : https://sortitoutsi.net/graphics/kits

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Not working. Did everything but the names, logos are still like if I hadn't added anything.

In addition to what Qvordrup said, can I have screenshots of the folders where you added the files from this download?
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