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

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’
Fernando Torres
21 May 2018
The 34-year-old ended a second spell at his boyhood club with two goals against Eibar on Sunday. Once, though, he was an unknown kid suffering relegation – then became the hottest young striker in Europe. This is how the 2002/03 season changed the life of this young Spaniard forever
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...
16 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 
19 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?
15 December 2017
Nobody in Europe's big five leagues has scored more goals in 2017. Nobody in La Liga has managed more assists, chances created, dribbles or key passes. Since summer he has almost single-handedly dragged a Barça side in crisis to the La Liga summit, and his country to the World Cup. He is the best player in the world...  
15 December 2017
Not even a Double-winning campaign with Real Madrid earns CR7 top spot in the FFT100 this year – but that shouldn't detract from the continued excellence of the five-time Ballon d'Or winner
14 December 2017
This time last year, Atletico Madrid's mercurial Frenchman was at the top of his game, having inspired fine results for club and country. The 12 months since haven't been anywhere near as spectacular for the 26-year-old – but few would be predicting a repeat in 2018
13 December 2017
For months on end he was sidelined by the BBC, but a foot in the door was all he needed. Having forced his way in, Isco is now more or less undroppable for Zinedine Zidane