Bernard Parker

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Bernard Parker
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Parker with FC Twente in 2009
Personal information
Full name Bernard Melvin Parker [1]
Date of birth (1986-03-16) 16 March 1986 (age 36)
Place of birth Boksburg, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in) [2]
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
forward
Youth career
Transnet School of Excellence [3]
Mamelodi Sundowns
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
2004–2009 Thanda Royal Zulu 116 (29)
2009Red Star Belgrade 16 (6)
2009–2011 FC Twente 17 (0)
2011Panserraikos (loan) 12 (1)
2011–2022 Kaizer Chiefs 283 (49)
National team
2006–2008 South Africa U-23 22 (12)
2007–2015 South Africa 73 (23)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals, correct as of 21:22, 3 June 2022 (UTC)
‡ National team caps and goals, correct as of 18 March 2020

Bernard Parker (born 16 March 1986) is a South African professional association footballer who most recently played as a midfielder or forward for Premier Soccer League club Kaizer Chiefs. Between 2007 and 2015 he made 73 appearances for the South Africa national team scoring 23 goals.

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Parker started his professional football career playing for Thanda Royal Zulu in the Premier Soccer League, where he made 70 appearances before a one year loan to Serbian side Red Star Belgrade. He joined Eredivisie side FC Twente in 2009, where he spent a season and a half before being loaned out to Panserraikos in the Greek Super League. During his time in the Eredivisie, Parker won the 2009-10 Eredivisie and the 2010 Johan Cruyff Shield.

He moved to Kaizer Chiefs in 2011. He was awarded the 2013–14 Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot and won two league titles, the Nedbank Cup and the MTN 8 with the South African club. Parker was released by Kaizer Chiefs in June 2022 after spending over a decade at the club, making over 350 appearances and scoring over 60 goals.

Early life

Parker was born and grew up in Reiger Park, a township next to Boksburg, Gauteng. 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

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. [4]

Parker 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 McClaren's move to 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 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. [5] 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. [6] The following season, he won the Lesley Manyathela Golden Boot with 10 goals. [7]

After Parker spent over a decade at Kaizer Chiefs, the club decided not to renew his contract that was to expire on 30 June 2022. [8] He scored over 60 goals in 350 appearances there. [9]

International career

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, [10] and also received the Man of the Match award. [11] He played in 2010 FIFA World Cup representing South Africa but the team was eliminated after group stage. He also played in 2013 African Cup of Nations hosted in South Africa.

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. [12] Parker also scored by chipping the ball over Víctor Valdés in the 56th minute in a 1–0 shock win over the then-world and European champions Spain at Soccer City, where it won the World Cup in 2010. [13] Parker won the top goalscorer award at the 2014 African Nations Championship with four goals from three group matches. [14]

Personal life

Parker married Wendy Cherry in Ballito, KwaZulu-Natal, on 16 June 2012 at a ceremony attended by 170 guests. [15]

Career statistics

Club

As of 3 June 2022
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational cupLeague cupContinentalOtherTotal
DivisionAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoalsAppsGoals
Thanda Royal Zulu 2006–07 Premier Soccer League 285285
2007–08 Premier Soccer League285285
2008–09 Premier Soccer League1410001410
Total70207020
Red Star Belgrade (loan) 2008–09 Serbian Superliga 1660000166
FC Twente 2009–10 [16] Eredivisie 1405260252
2010–11 [16] Eredivisie3031001 [lower-alpha 1] 071
Total17083006010323
Panserraikos (loan) 2010–11 [17] Superleague Greece 12100121
Kaizer Chiefs 2011–12 [17] Premier Soccer League28310004 [lower-alpha 2] 1334
2012–13 [17] Premier Soccer League281251111 [lower-alpha 2] 03514
2013–14 [17] Premier Soccer League271030303 [lower-alpha 2] 13611
2014–15 [17] South African Premier Division 24700211 [lower-alpha 2] 0278
2015–16 [17] South African Premier Division26210304 [lower-alpha 2] 2344
2016–17 [17] South African Premier Division24520101 [lower-alpha 2] 0285
2017–18 [17] South African Premier Division24441311 [lower-alpha 2] 0326
2018–19 [17] South African Premier Division26251303 [lower-alpha 2] 0373
2019–20 [17] South African Premier Division270203000320
2020–21 [17] South African Premier Division25010001313 [lower-alpha 2] 0421
2021–22 [17] South African Premier Division2441000001 [lower-alpha 2] 1265
Total2834925319313122536261
Career total3987633619319123549291
  1. Appearance in Johan Cruyff Shield
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Appearance(s) in MTN 8

International

Appearances and goals by national team and year [2]
National teamYearAppsGoals
South Africa 200750
200874
2009143
2010103
201170
201252
2013177
201444
201540
Total7323
Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Parker goal.
List of international goals scored by Bernard Parker [2]
No.DateVenueOpponentScoreResultCompetition
130 September 2008Driehoek Stadium, Germiston, South AfricaFlag of Malawi.svg  Malawi 1–03–0 Friendly
22–0
315 October 2008 Seisa Ramabodu Stadium, Bloemfontein, South AfricaFlag of Ghana.svg  Ghana 2–12–1Friendly
419 November 2008 Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South AfricaFlag of Cameroon.svg  Cameroon 3–23–2Friendly
528 March 2009Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South AfricaFlag of Norway.svg  Norway 1–02–1Friendly
617 June 2009Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng, South AfricaFlag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand 1–02–0 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup
72–0
816 May 2010 Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South AfricaFlag of Thailand.svg  Thailand 4–04–0Friendly
931 May 2010 Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane, South AfricaFlag of Guatemala.svg  Guatemala 5–05–0Friendly
104 September 2010Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South AfricaFlag of Niger.svg  Niger 2–02–0 2012 Africa Cup of Nations qualification
1111 September 2012Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit, South AfricaFlag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 1–02–0Friendly
122–0
1323 March 2013 Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South AfricaFlag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic 2–02–0 2014 FIFA World Cup qualification
148 June 2013 Stade Ahmadou Ahidjo, Yaoundé, CameroonFlag of the Central African Republic.svg  Central African Republic 1–03–02014 FIFA World Cup qualification
1516 June 2013 Addis Ababa Stadium, Addis Ababa, EthiopiaFlag of Ethiopia.svg  Ethiopia 1–21–22014 FIFA World Cup qualification
167 September 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South AfricaFlag of Botswana.svg  Botswana 3–14–12014 FIFA World Cup qualification
174–1
1810 September 2013 Orlando Stadium, Soweto, South AfricaFlag of Zimbabwe.svg  Zimbabwe 1–21–2Friendly
1919 November 2013 Soccer City, Johannesburg, South AfricaFlag of Spain.svg  Spain 1–01–0Friendly
2011 January 2014Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South AfricaFlag of Mozambique.svg  Mozambique 1–03–1 2014 African Nations Championship
213–1
2215 January 2014Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South AfricaFlag of Mali.svg  Mali 1–01–12014 African Nations Championship
2319 January 2014Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town, South AfricaFlag of Nigeria.svg  Nigeria 1–31–32014 African Nations Championship

Honours

FC Twente

Kaizer Chiefs

Individual

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