You might call Thore Haugstad pan-European: born in Norway but now based in Madrid, he possesses an enquiring mind which roves across the continent for the finest stories. He covers every blade of grass on the pitch of football writing: from tactics to trends, stats to opinions, retro reminiscences to futurology. 

Contact details 

@Haugstad1006 on Twitter & Facebook. Also at

Areas of expertise 

Spanish football



Languages spoken 
Norwegian Bokmål
Norwegian Nynorsk

Articles by Thore Haugstad

Barcelona young players
16 August 2018
They were once the finest club in the world for developing talent, but now Barça's brightest hopes are leaving for better opportunities elsewhere. The tables have turned with Real Madrid, writes Thore Haugstad 
Gareth Bale
16 August 2018
Zinedine Zidane and Cristiano Ronaldo are gone, and with no obvious replacement for the latter in sight, there’s a gaping void to fill at Real Madrid. The crown is there to take, writes Thore Haugstad 
17 July 2018
Real Madrid now face life without their greatest ever goalscorer, but do they splash out on a direct replacement or is there another solution? Thore Haugstad explores the Liga giant's options
Marcelo Bielsa
29 June 2018
He’s influenced some of the best managers in football, yet his revolutionary methods have divided opinion. Thore Haugstad on the highs and lows of a maverick manager
Zinedine Zidane
23 May 2018
The enigma of Zizou has outsiders puzzled. As he takes aim at a hat-trick of Champions League titles as a coach, Thore Haugstad explores the ‘Zidane effect’
Thierry Henry 2002/03
10 May 2018
In 2002/03, Arsenal and Manchester United faced off in a title battle just as Henry and Ruud van Nistelrooy battled for the Golden Boot. But the Frenchman was playing a whole different ball game...
14 February 2018
It's been a wretched season for Real Madrid, but Thore Haugstad explains that all is not lost - providing Cristiano Ronaldo has his shooting boots on for a crunch Champions League tie against PSG
9 February 2018
The Blues boss is facing calls for his head, but Thore Haugstad argues that the Italian is a victim of his own success at Stamford Bridge 
6 January 2018
Thore Haugstad runs down the list of the top 10 players who - unless they sign a new contract ASAP - will be available for nothing this summer
20 December 2017
Pep Guardiola’s side have every Premier League record in their sights – but how would they match up against the very best from home and abroad?