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Patrick Kisnorbo's Father Used To Play Football For Local Team

Patrick Kisnorbo is the head coach of the French Ligue 1 club, Troyes. ( Source : sportingnews )

Patrick Kisnorbo wanted to be a footballer because of his father, Patrick Kisnorbo Sr. His dad played football for local teams.

The ES Troyes AC head coach Kisnorbo began playing soccer when he was four after watching his dad play with his team. However, the elder Kisnorbo couldn't stay longer in his son's life to guide and witness him become a professional player.

The former footballer lost interest in kicking balls after losing his dad at the young age of 12. He went through the most challenging phase of life but chose not to give up after realizing what was more important to him.

Patrick worked daily with passion and dedication to become a better athlete and traveled miles away to pursue his dream. Moreover, he always honors his late father for his achievements and success. The footballer-turned-head coach became the first Australian manager of a 'Top 5' European men's league team ES Troyes AC in November 2022.

Patrick Kisnorbo Father Was A Footballer 

Patrick Kisnorbo learned to play football from his father, Patrick Kisnorbo Sr.

His father, Patrick Sr, was a footballer and had taught him to play the sport at the young age of four.

The elder Kisnorbo played for a local team during his prime, and the former footballer would tag along with his dad to watch him play until he became old enough to join a club.

The head coach Patrick Kisnorbo, who played football professionally for 16 years, started playing sports when he was four.
The head coach Patrick Kisnorbo, who played football professionally for 16 years, started playing sports when he was four. ( Source : news )

It was Patrick Sr. that inspired and influenced the junior Patrick to play football and pursue a professional career. He always wanted to be like his father from early on and never gave up on his dreams of making his parents proud. 

If it weren't for his father, who introduced him to soccer, he wouldn't have made it this far, nor would he have established himself as a head coach of the French Ligue 1 club 'Troyes.' Thus, the coach has always been grateful to his forever hero for his guidance. 

Patrick Kisnorbo Played Football Because Of His Father

Patrick pursued a professional football career, thanks to his father. Had Patrick Sr. not taken his son to his games and taught him to play, the junior would not have become an outstanding soccer player. So he honors his success and achievements all to the elder Kisnorbo. 

However, the athlete went through a heartbreak in 1993 after losing the most important person in his life, his dad, to a rare blood clot. His world turned upside down, and he struggled to cope with the heartbreak of losing his best friend and mentor at only 12.

Patrick Kisnorbo played as a defender for Leeds United from 2009 to 2013.
Patrick Kisnorbo played as a defender for Leeds United from 2009 to 2013. ( Source : throughitalltogether )

The former footballer's anguish turned him away from the sport, and he didn't care about playing until he realized the things that matter. The values and passions instilled by his late hero never faded, which gradually turned him stronger than ever. 

Kisnirbo pulled himself together and worked harder than an average kid would so that he could make his father proud. The athlete also traveled to jet 12,000 miles across the world when he was 22 in search of his football fortune and started his career in a new place with new faces, culture, and everything. 

Patrick Kisnorbo Father And Mother Met In Melbourne

Patrick Kisnorbo's parents met at a Melbourne nightclub.

His dad, Patrick Sr., was a Mauritian, and his mother, Susan, was an Italian from Trieste. The elder Kisnorbo and his wife went from dating to marrying each other and having a loving family. They welcomed their son on the 24th of March 1981 in Melbourne, Australia.

Patrick Kisnorbo always missed a father figure while growing up, as he lost his dad while he was only a teenager.
Patrick Kisnorbo always missed a father figure while growing up, as he lost his dad while he was only a teenager. ( Source : melbournecityfc )

However, tragedy soon hit the Kisnorbo family when Patrick Sr. left behind his loved ones. The then 12-year-old athlete had to grow up faster and cope with the worst nightmare than an average youngster. 

The former footballer had to leave his mom and girlfriend back in Australia to pursue a better career and honor his dad by becoming the best football player. He went from playing for South Melbourne and Hearts in his home country to Leicester City and Leeds United in England and returned to Melbourne City before retiring in 2016.