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From Pariah To Parreira

27 October 2009 by willmcg

Too many who follow African football, Santana’s recent sacking did not come as a surprise, the “Bafana Bafana” (The Boys) have lost 8 out of their last 9 games, with only one player scoring during this run. Santana’s only competitive wins came against Equatorial Guinea and New Zealand, hardly powerhouses in world football. 

Carlos Alberto Parreira is a man most will have heard of, he is one of only two coaches to go to 4 world cups with different teams, and 2010 will be his 6th world cup in total!

So clearly Perreira has the experience, wining the World Cup with Brazil ’94, and experienced being the “underdog” with Kuwait ’82, The UAE ’90 and Saudia Arabia ’98. In all of these tournaments Parreira has come under fire for not getting out of the group stages, and fans must fear that he will continue this trend, and South Attica will be the first host nation not to reach the second round.


The fact that Joel Santana didn’t speak good English was an issue for the locals, Parreira speaks fluent English, and the simple ability to speak for himself already has people favouring him over Santana.

Parreira is a man held in high regard for his knowledge about the game, however while in charge of Brazil he did come under fire for not playing the “Brazilian” way, however unlike Santana, who refused to change his formation despite their awful form, Parreira has shown a willingness to experiment with tactics to get results.

One of the main challenges Parreira will face is how to get the best out of a very limited pool of players, SA only have 1 player playing in Italy or Spain, central defender Nasief Morris, he hasn’t featured recently due to “disciplinary” reasons, but a recall along with Benni McCarthy of Blackburn Rovers, who has been out of the squad for similar reasons, is expected.

Pienaar is undoubtedly the star man, Santana came under criticism for marginalising Pienaar out wide, it will be interesting to see if he will be given a more important role under Parreira. Modise is an interesting player, a superstar in his home country, he is Orlando Pirates’ best player, however his international performances have been average, with Parreira in charge, the nation will be hoping Modise can finally make the step up in 2010.


South Africa will be facing a challenge to make an impact on this world cup, Parreira has only 200 days to sort a team who are low in confidence and turn them around. He has a month with the players in January after the SA season ends, and he will be hoping that they take to his changes quickly.


With a guaranteed seeding as host nation, they should get a favourable draw, and I would fancy them to be able to beat teams of North Korea’s ilk, and with home support cause a few upsets, but the 2nd round would seem to be the best they can hope for.

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  • Challenge Feedback said:

    Good first challenge article.

    Spelling mistakes:

    Too many who follow > To many who follow
    Perreira > Parreira
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    Make sure to read a few of the articles that were ranked highest to give you some ideas for ways to improve. The images could do with captions.

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