Now that Football Manager 2021 has been up and running for a while, we figured it would be a good time to let those FM21 players that aren't familiar with updating the vanilla version of the game just what they should download. Fixing the licence issues with Football Manager is something the die-hard fans like to do as quickly as possible, as this particular issue subtracts from the immersive attraction the franchise is so well known for. This immersive experience is also affected by not having the official kits and club badges on display, as well as not being able to see the faces of the players, to a lesser degree.

Real Names Licence Fix

When it comes to fixing the licence issues in any of the Football Manager games, I personally opt for fmscout. The interface is big, bold and easy to follow on this Football Manager website, as are the installation instructions.

The FM21 Real Names Licwncw was last updated in late November and fixes all incorrect playable club's names, all league names, all non-playable European club names, the majority of the minor league names, all of the international competition names, all of the awards, and lots of the stadium names.

fm21 RNF

Some of the biggest issues you will notice when you load up FM21 without the licence fix is that Juventus are called Zebra and that some of the La Liga teams have incorrect names, such as Rel Betis who are called Real Hispalis. These issues actually make those leagues unplayable for me. I just can't get excited about going up against Zebra in a potential title-winning fixture, so this fix is a must.

While the process of actually fixing the licence issues in FM21 isn't as simple as downloading one file, it is easy to understand the process that won't take any more than 5-minutes to complete, providing you follow the instructions. One thing that is worth noting, when the guys at FM send out the next update of the game you will have to go through these steps once again. Also, make sure you add the licence change before starting a new save as any current saves you have will not be fixed.

Kits

When it comes to adding the latest kits to Football Manager, I always use sortitoutsi. This site is always one of the first to provide the latest club and international kits from the major to the most minor of playable leagues in FM21. For those of you that haven't invested in FM21 but still play an older version of the game, sortitoutsi has aback catalogue of kits available to download that goes all the way back to FM10.

In the kits download section you will find links to ‘SS Kits', ‘LS Kits', ‘Standard Kits', ‘3D Kits' and ‘FC'12 Kits'. Personally, I always use the ‘SS Kits' which simply stands for ‘Short-Sleaved Kits'. From here you will be able to scroll through pages of club and international kits, all up to date for the 2020/21 season.

Installing the kists from this section is simple enough but will require a from on unzipping software, I use 7-zip which is free, safe and easy to use. Once you click on the kit pack you want, for example, the ‘Brazil – Serie A SS'2020 Relink!' you will be taken to a page that shows you a few examples of the kits you will b receiving, as pictured below.

FM21 Kits example

From here you will be able to see the file size, how to install the kits and even comments from other uses. Click the download link on the right-hand side (you will need to be logged in to sortitoutsi to download files, but accounts are free and quick to make). On the next page navigate to the ‘Free Mirrors' and if it is available, my preference is download from mediafire.com. Once you click this link you will be taken to the actual download page which is free and requires no sign-up. Click the download button and your kit pack will be with you in no time at all. Once download you will be prompted to unzip the file, make sure you extract any kits you download to Documents/Sports Interactive/Football Manager 2021/graphics/kits/, you will need to create the ‘graphics' and ‘kits' folders if you haven't done so already.

Logos

There are many download options for club badges or ‘logos' in Football Manager 2021. For this example, we will be looking at the TCM Logos Megapack, which consists off club and international teams badges from across the world, as well as international flags and competition logos.

The download process is very similar when it comes to any graphics you want to add to your game. We have crated an image which shows a few examples of the types of club badges you can get from the TCM Logos Megapack as well as the download instructions.

fm21 badges

fm21 logo instructions

There are a number of logo styles you can download for FM21, this is just one example, try searching for ‘FM21 logos pack' and see which one you like the most. Download times on the logos can vary, some are separated into multiple smaller files that can only be unzipped once all of the files have been downloaded, but all should be explained on the download page for whichever pack you decide to go for.

Player Facepacks

The most well known and respected of play facepacks available in the Football Manager community is DF11. His cutout faces cover players and staff from across the globe and are clean and clear. If and when I do decide to plump for player faces, DF11faces is where I go.

df11 faces

My only concern with any facepacks is the time they can take to download due to the share size of the file/s and their effect on the load up time of FM. Once you have installed any of the large facepacks you may notice how much it affects the time it takes for FM to load afterwards. This is one of the reasons I am yet to install player faces, the other being the fact that once the real players retire and are replaced by regens they become surplus to requirements. This won't be an issue to those of you that play FM on a really powerful PC or gaming laptop but is certainly worth considering if your computer is only just good enough to play the game in its vanilla format.

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