Parker with FC Twente in 2009
|Full name||Bernard Melvin Parker|
|Date of birth||16 March 1986|
|Place of birth||Boksburg, South Africa|
|Height||1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking Midfielder
|Current club||Kaizer Chiefs|
|School of Excellence|
|2004–2009||Thanda Royal Zulu||116||(29)|
|2009||Red Star Belgrade||16||(6)|
|2011||→ Panserraikos (loan)||12||(1)|
|South Africa U-23||21||(1)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 September 2011.
† Appearances (Goals).
Bernard Melvin 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.
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. 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.
- As of 9 May 2011
|Red Star Belgrade||2008-09||16||6||0||0||0||0||16||6|
|South Africa national team|
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, and also received the Man of the Match award. He played in 2010 FIFA World Cup representing South Africa but the team was eliminated after group stage.
On 16 June 2013, Parker scored a spectacular own goal in a 2–1 defeat to Ethiopia which ended any chance of South Africa playing in the 2014 World Cup. Earlier in the match he had given South Africa a 1–0 lead.
- "Red Star Crisis Grows" kickoff.com; April 28, 2009
- "Bobby Motaung says new signing Bernard Parker is not Knowledge Musona's replacement" kickoff.com; July 28, 2011
- "South Africa 2–0 New Zealand". BBC Sport. 17 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-17.
- "Bernard Parker, from zero to hero". FIFA.com. 18 June 2009. Retrieved 2009-06-18.
- "Own Golazo: Bernard Parker (South Africa) vs Ethiopia". inside World Soccer. 17 June 2013.
- Bernard Parker – FIFA competition record
- Bernard Parker at National-Football-Teams.com
- Bernard Parker at Transfermarkt