It was a wild and crazy night for Maccabi Tel Aviv fans as they celebrated the team’s big win Sunday to take the Euroleague Championship, defeating Real Madrid 98-86 in Milan.
While thousands of local yellow-shirted fans flooded Tel Aviv’s Rabin Square Monday night, others took to social media to show their appreciation for the home team.
One meme that made the rounds was of head coach David Blatt with Maccabi players Tyrese Rice and Sofoklis Schortsanitis, in a parody of the famed shot of three Israeli soldiers in awe at the sight of the Western Wall, taken during the 1967 Six-Day War.
Here it is in full size:
Fans were also posting and reposting this video clip, of the team’s supporters in Madrid, singing “Kol Haulam Kulo,” (“The World is a Narrow Bridge”), which includes the words, “and the most important thing, is not to be afraid of anything,” a favorite refrain of Maccabi fans.
There was also the fans’ rendition of “Hava Nagila,” in front of the famous Milan Cathedral.
It hasn’t even been 24 hours since the win, and the players and coaches have already met with Tel Aviv’s Mayor Ron Huldai and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, and have received an invite to President Shimon Peres’ residence.
As Maccabi Tel Aviv fans like to say, “Maccabi Tel Aviv, it’s an empire.”