Parreira became South African soccer's 14th coach in that many years since they resumed playing in 1992. He has been given the responsibility of building the team for the 2010 World Cup. Of late, they have slipped in the international and African stage. The last time they won anything of note was in 1996 winning the Africa Cup of Nations. They also qualified for the 1998 and 2002 World Cup but made first rounde xits.
Meanwhile the German architecture firm of gmp (Gerkan Marg Partners) has been awarded the design of three of South Africa's soccer stadiums for World Cup 2010. The German firm was also involved in this year's World Cup designing the stadiums at Berlin, Cologne, and Frankfurt.