Football Manager 2021 Real Name Fix | How to get real player names

While there are plenty of licensed teams, leagues, and players in the game, this Football Manager 2021 real name fix should bring a much larger pool of real names. To get more real player names, stadium names, team names, league names, cup names, and more into the game, though, players need to download and install a third-party file. Here is how to get real player names in FM 2021 (and more).

How to get real names in Football Manager 2021

Football Manager 2021 real name fix

A third-party file will need to be downloaded and installed in the correct place to get real names in Football Manager 2021. Once installed correctly, though, players will notice a lot more real-life player names, team names, and more in their playthrough of Sports Interactive’s latest management sim. It will be like it’s licensed.

Football Manager 2021 real name fix

  1. Exit Football Manager 2021.
  2. Download a “real names” file.
  3. Extract the contents from the download file and keep that window open.
  4. Locate the Football Manager 2021 “2111” folder.
    1. Will be under Steam or Epic Games Store\FootballManager2021\data\database\db\2111\
  5. Open the “Inc” and then “all” sub-folder.
    1. Delete everything in the “all” sub-folder.
    2. Copy and paste the “FM21 Fix by FMScout.inc” and “FM21 Club Names by FMScout.inc” into “all.”
  6. Now find and open the “edt” folder and head into the “permanent” sub-folder.
    1. Delete “fake.edt”
  7. Now find and open the “dbc” folder and head into its “permanent” sub-folder.
    1. Delete the following files:
      1. zebra award.dbc
      2. zebra turin fake staff.dbc
      3. brazil_kits.dbc
      4. forbidden names.dbc
      5. Licensing2.dbc
      6. Licensing2_chn.dbc
  8. Play Football Manager 2021.

Thanks to the real name fix from FMScout listed above, there should, at least, now be many more real player names, team names, and more in FM 2021. If the fix didn’t work, try and start a new save. Apply the same fix to the “2101” folder, too, if it still isn’t working.

Now that it is known how to add real player names to Football Manager 2021, the game should seem more realistic than it did before. The real name fix above should, hopefully, work fine for everyone. Remember, though, downloading and installing a third-party file/mod such as this is done at the player’s own risk.

Football Manager 2021 isn’t the only football game vying for support. Check out our FIFA 21 review for what we dubbed “the best and most complete FIFA yet.” If you’re looking to get the most out of the new match-day experience in FM 2021, the new RTX 3000 series is out now. The NZXT Kraken Z53 might be worth a look, too.