Mairav Shamir

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Mairav Shamir
Mairav Shamir Goalkeeper.jpg
Personal information
Full name Mairav Shamir
Date of birth (1988-01-18) 18 January 1988 (age 29)
Place of birth Netanya, Israel
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
MSV Duisburg
Youth career
2006–2009 Boston College
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2009–2012 ASA Tel Aviv
2012–2014 Telstar 30 (0)
2014–2015 1. FC Lübars 20 (0)
2015– MSV Duisburg 4 (0)
National team
2009– Israel 32 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 8 September 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 8 September 2016

Mairav "Merav" Shamir (Hebrew: מירב שמיר‎‎; born 18 January 1988 in Israel) is an Israeli American soccer goalkeeper currently playing for the German 2nd Bundesliga club MSV Duisburg and is the starting goalkeeper for the Israel women's national football team.


Shamir was born in Israel and grew up in the city of Netanya until she moved to the United States when she was two years old. Shamir started playing soccer when she was just four years old and as a young child her dream was "to play soccer collegiately and eventually play for the national team."[1]

Professional football[edit]

Club career[edit]

After competing with the United States side at the 2009 Maccabiah Games, Shamir was approached by the staff of the national team about joining them in their campaign to qualify for the 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup.[1] Shamir subsequently left Boston College to join the national team and complete her degree at Tel Aviv University while playing for ASA Tel Aviv domestically. After 3 years in ASA Tel Aviv, taking three top league Championships and Israeli Cup, Mairav joined Telstar of the Eredivisie (First League) in the Netherlands. After a successful two seasons with Telstar, Shamir made the move to Germany and signed with the 2nd Bundesliga club, 1. FC Lübars, also known as the club Hertha BSC.

By FC Lübars, Shamir had a successful season. Her first 10 games, Shamir kept the 0, beating Manuel Neuer's record with most games without conceding a goal. She finished the season with 15 clean sheets in 20 games, and helping Lübars finish in first place and win the league. Unfortunately, due to financial problems, FC Lübars could not move up to the first league.

Shamir signed with MSV Duisburg for the 2015–16. MSV also competes in the 2nd Bundesliga after being relegated from the 1st Bundesliga after the 2014–15 season.

International career[edit]

Shamir made her national team debut in a 1–0 win on 24 October 2009 in a 2011 FIFA Women's World Cup qualifying match against Kazakhstan in Ness Ziona.[2]


  1. ^ a b Weiss, Ari (2009-12-02). "How a U.S. college student came to play women's soccer for Israel". Ha'aretz. Retrieved 3 December 2009. 
  2. ^ "Shamir Mairv". The Israel Football Association. Retrieved 10 September 2010. 

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