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

14 December 2017
Manchester City’s manager is dramatically shifting the type of football that title-winning sides play, argues Thore Haugstad 
9 December 2017
Where did it all go wrong? The pair were close during their early days together at Barcelona – but somewhere down the line, warmth became friction and a great rivalry was born
8 December 2017
The suspended midfielder is a big miss for the Old Trafford side, but Thore Haugstad explains how Jose Mourinho can adjust his gameplan with confidence
Paul Pogba
25 November 2017
It’s no wonder Manchester United struggled without their talismanic Frenchman – their whole system is based around him, writes Thore Haugstad
21 November 2017
Nearly four months into the season, CR7 has more new children than he does La Liga goals. Thore Haugstad looks into why...
11 November 2017
International football isn’t an environment for originality, writes Thore Haugstad – so Gareth Southgate shouldn’t be afraid to base his ideas on pre-existing concepts
Cristiano Ronaldo main
2 November 2017
From being pre-season Liga favourites to eight points behind Barcelona, Real Madrid’s poor form is threatening to make for a disastrous campaign. Thore Haugstad explores the situation as Los Blancos prepare to face Tottenham in the Champions League
Mauricio Pochettino, Alex Ferguson
28 October 2017
The Tottenham manager’s methods and early achievements have much in common with his idol’s, explains Thore Haugstad
Pep Guardiola Manchester City
17 October 2017
Sure, Pep Guardiola had a blank chequebook to get the players he wanted this summer – but look a bit deeper and it’s clear that isn’t the real reason for City’s scintillating football this season, writes Thore Haugstad
Romelu Lukaku
13 October 2017
TV ads would have you believe that big games settle Premier League titles, but Thore Haugstad explains why recent history shows how misleading this is