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Israel overtakes Turkey as the FIFA 17 league fans want most

Israel’s Premier League has overtaken the Turkish second division as the league football fans most want to see in FIFA 17 (opens in new tab).

At the beginning of March we revealed that (opens in new tab), somewhat surprisingly, Turkey’s PTT1 – featuring the likes of Elazigspor and Goztepe – had amassed an incredible 381,542 votes in an independent fan poll (opens in new tab) concerning the unconfirmed (but inevitable) footy game’s most wanted new league.

That clearly stirred fans of clubs such as Maccabi Haifa and Hapoel Be’er Sheva into action, with Israel storming into top spot on the back of an impressive 422,905 fan votes. German’s third division remains a distant third behind the Israeli-Turkish tussle.

EA is known for adding new leagues every year, with FIFA 16 boasting a colossal 34. Turkey’s top flight featured for the first time in FIFA 15, but decent Champions League showings by Maccabi Tel Aviv in recent years haven’t been enough to see Israeli teams included. This fan vote may finally change that.

One new team already confirmed, via international player Andrine Stolsmo Hegerberg’s Instagram account, is the Norwegian national women's side (opens in new tab).

FIFA 17 (opens in new tab) is expected on multiple formats later this year.

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Ben Wilson
Ben Wilson

I'm GamesRadar's sports editor, and obsessed with NFL, WWE, MLB, AEW, and occasionally things that don't have a three-letter acronym – such as Chvrches, Bill Bryson, and Streets Of Rage 4. (All the Streets Of Rage games, actually.) Even after three decades I still have a soft spot for Euro Boss on the Amstrad CPC 464+.