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

13 December 2017
The Uruguayan hasn't enjoyed his best year, reflected in a tumble down this list for 2017. But a brand new one – and a World Cup – is just around the corner...  
13 December 2017
Manchester City’s manager is dramatically shifting the type of football that title-winning sides play, argues Thore Haugstad 
8 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
7 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
Mauricio Pochettino, Alex Ferguson
27 October 2017
The Tottenham manager’s methods and early achievements have much in common with his idol’s, explains Thore Haugstad
17 October 2017
David Beckham, Cristiano Ronaldo and... well, Thomas Gravesen. Thore Haugstad ranks all of Real Madrid’s Premier League signings over the last 20 years 
Antonio Conte Chelsea
7 September 2017
The Blues boss has a unique set of skills that few managers can match, explains Thore Haugstad
Lionel Messi
28 July 2017
Aged 30, he’s broken all-time records while lifting a host of personal and club awards – yet it’s only in watching Messi you can appreciate a one-off genius.
28 July 2017
Dazzling talent, unrelenting dedication, a big-game match-winner – and he isn’t finished yet ...
24 June 2017
He’s been in his job for less than two years and has won as many Champions Leagues as Mourinho, Ferguson or Guardiola. Zinedine Zidane is an enigma – and a winner