The Maccabi Tel Aviv icon Moni Fanan was found dead in his home in Ramat Aviv, Israel, yesterday the 19th of October. I never had a chance to meet Moni himself but I have heard a lot about him and his big passion for basketball in general and Maccabi Tel Aviv in particular. For all of us following Euroleague we have all seen Moni around the Maccabi team as they have achieved big goals at the European stage.
I send my greetings to his family and especially to his daughter Liron who I had the chance to meet at the Reebok Eurocamp this summer in Treviso.
From the Maccabi Electra Tel Aviv homepage this can be read about Moni Fanan:
Back in 1986, Moni Fanan began his journey with Maccabi Tel Aviv. After 6 years, he had become the team’s manager, a position he held until the end of the 2007/2008 season, when he decided to resign. Since then and for all time, Moni will be considered a legend in the world of basketball, and especially in the world of Maccabi.
In 2008 he was recognized for his contribution to sport in Israel, when he was awarded a prize for his lifetime’s achievements by the city of Tel Aviv.
On the 19th of October, Moni Fanan, age 63, was discovered lifeless in his home.
In fact, if you were to ask me about Moni Fanan back in the days when I regularly covered Maccabi Tel Aviv, I would no doubt have told you that he simply made my job more difficult.
What I didn’t realize then is that without Moni Fanan, there may not have been an interest or a need to cover Maccabi at all.
Because without Moni Fanan, Maccabi could never have reached the heights it did, or have generated the country-wide interest it did and continues to do.