Bernard Parker

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Bernard Parker
Bernard Parker FC Twente.jpg
Parker with FC Twente in 2009
Personal information
Full name Bernard Melvin Parker[1]
Date of birth (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 28)
Place of birth Boksburg, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder, forward
Club information
Current team
Kaizer Chiefs
Number 25
Youth career
School of Excellence
Mamelodi Sundowns
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2009 Thanda Royal Zulu 116 (29)
2009 Red Star Belgrade 16 (6)
2009–2011 FC Twente 17 (0)
2011 Panserraikos (loan) 12 (1)
2011– Kaizer Chiefs 83 (25)
National team
South Africa U-23 22 (1)
2007– South Africa 68 (23)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 23 March 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 23 March 2014

Bernard Melvin Parker (born 16 March 1986 in Boksburg, Gauteng) is a South African professional association football midfielder/striker playing for Kaizer Chiefs.

Early life[edit]

Parker was born and grew up in Reiger Park, a township next to Boksburg. He was quite good in a variety of sports and excelled in short and long distance running as well as achieving Eastern Gauteng colours in swimming.

Club career[edit]

A product of the School of Excellence, Parker made his debut in the professional ranks for Cape Town's Hellenic FC, later bought and renamed Benoni Premier United. After the club was once again renamed and moved to Durban he remained with Thanda Royal Zulu F.C. until early 2009 when he obtained a transfer to European Cup Winners Red Star in Serbia. His stay in Belgrade was cut short after reports that the club had cash flow problems and owed its players' salaries.[2] He consequentially signed with FC Twente in July 2009 and was a member of the team that won the Dutch 2009–10 Eredivisie. After Twente Manager Steve Mclaren's move to the German Bundesliga, Parker failed to convince new coach Michel Preud'homme of his qualities and thus spent the first half of the 2010/11 Dutch season mostly on the bench. He joined Leicester City on trial in December 2010 with a view to a permanent move away from the Dutch club. On 18 January 2011 he moved to Panserraikos F.C. on loan, to secure extra game time and returned to FC Twente after the end of the 2010/11 Greek season. After receiving interest from Swedish clubs Malmö FF and Helsingborgs IF as well as South Africa's Kaizer Chiefs, Parker chose the latter ahead of the other clubs.[3] In the 2012/13 season, Parker scored 12 league goals in 28 matches and finished as runner up to Katlego Mashego who had 13 and helped Chiefs to a league and cup double.[4] The following season he won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot with 10 goals.[5]

Club statistics[edit]

As of 9 May 2011
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Red Star Belgrade 2008-09 16 6 0 0 0 0 16 6
Total 16 6 0 0 0 0 16 6
FC Twente 2009–10 14 0 5 2 6 0 25 2
2010–11 3 0 3 1 0 0 6 1
Total 17 0 8 3 6 0 31 3
Panserraikos 2010–11 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Total 12 1 0 0 0 0 12 1
Kaizer Chiefs 2011–12 28 3 0 0 0 0 28 3
2012–13 28 12 0 0 0 0 28 12
Total 56 15 8 3 6 0 56 15
Career Total 101 22 8 3 6 0 115 25

International career[edit]

Bernard Parker had his national team debut against Malawi in 2007, scoring his first goal in 2008 against the same team. On 17 June 2009, he scored both goals in a 2–0 win over New Zealand in the 2009 Confederations Cup,[6] and also received the Man of the Match award.[7] He played in 2010 FIFA World Cup representing South Africa but the team was eliminated after group stage.

On 16 June 2013, Parker scored an own goal in a 2–1 defeat to Ethiopia which ended South Africa's chances of qualifying for the 2014 World Cup. Earlier in the match he had given South Africa a 1–0 lead.[8] Parker also scored by chipping the ball over Victor Valdes in the 56th minute in a 1-0 shock win over the then world and European champion, Spain at Soccer City where it won the World Cup in 2010..[9] Parker won the top goalscorer award at the 2014 African Nations Championship with four goals from three group matches.[10]

National team statistics[edit]

South Africa national team
Year Apps Goals
2007 4 0
2008 7 4
2009 14 3
2010 10 3
2011 7 0
2012 5 2
2013 17 7
2014 5 4
Total 68 23

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 30 September 2008 Driehoek Stadium, Germiston, South Africa  Malawi 1–0 3–0 Friendly
2. 2–0
3. 15 October 2008 Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, Bloemfontein, South Africa  Ghana 2–1 2–1 Friendly
4. 19 November 2008 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa  Cameroon 3–2 3–2 Friendly
5. 28 March 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa  Norway 1–0 2–1 Friendly
6. 17 June 2009 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South Africa  New Zealand 1–0 2–0 2009 Confederations Cup
7. 2–0
8. 16 May 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South Africa  Thailand 4–0 4–0 Friendly
9. 31 May 2010 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South Africa  Guatemala 5–0 5–0 Friendly
10. 4 September 2010 Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit, South Africa  Niger 2–0 2–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
11. 11 September 2012 Mbombela Stadium Nelspruit, South Africa  Mozambique 1–0 2–0 Friendly
12. 2–0
13. 23 March 2013 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Central African Republic 2–0 2–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
14. 8 June 2013 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, Cameroon  Central African Republic 1–0 3–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
15. 16 June 2013 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia  Ethiopia 1–2 1–2 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
16. 7 September 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa  Botswana 3–1 4–1 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
17. 4–1
18. 10 September 2013 Orlando Stadium, Soweto, South Africa  Zimbabwe 1–2 1–2 Friendly
19. 19 November 2013 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South Africa  Spain 1–0 1–0 Friendly
20. 11 January 2014 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Mozambique 1–0 3–1 2014 African Nations Championship
21. 3–1
22. 15 January 2014 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Mali 1–0 1–1 2014 African Nations Championship
23. 19 January 2014 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South Africa  Nigeria 1–3 1–3 2014 African Nations Championship

Personal life[edit]

Parker married Wendy Cherry in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, on 16 June 2012 at a ceremony attended by 170 guests. Parker said: "I spoke to my wife-to-be about fixing a date for the wedding. It was just a matter of finding the right time on the rare occasion when I wasn't playing a soccer match. the time is now and I know I've made the right choice."[11]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

FC Twente

Kaizer Chiefs

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA World Cup South Africa 2010: List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. 4 June 2010. p. 28. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 
  2. ^ "Red Star Crisis Grows" kickoff.com; April 28, 2009
  3. ^ "Bobby Motaung says new signing Bernard Parker is not Knowledge Musona's replacement" kickoff.com; July 28, 2011
  4. ^ http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/players/765/bernard-parker
  5. ^ http://www.kickoff.com/mobile/news/44370/psl-golden-boot-or-bronze-boot
  6. ^ "South Africa 2–0 New Zealand". BBC Sport. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17. 
  7. ^ "Bernard Parker, from zero to hero". FIFA.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18. 
  8. ^ "Bafana say goodbye to Brazil". kickoff.com. 16 June 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  9. ^ "Bernard Parker scores as South Africa shocks Spain in friendly". SI.com. Associated Press. 19 November 2013. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Parker Wins CHAN Goalscorer Award". Soccer Laduma. 1 February 2014. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 
  11. ^ "Bernard Parker weds". Drum. 22 June 2012. Retrieved 2 September 2014. 

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