Thorstein Helstad

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Thorstein Helstad
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Helstad in 2006
Personal information
Full name Thorstein Helstad
Date of birth (1977-04-28) 28 April 1977 (age 46) [1]
Place of birth Hamar, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 2 in)
Position(s) Forward
Youth career
1994 Fart
Senior career*
1995–1997 HamKam 46 (12)
1998–2002 Brann 99 (54)
2002–2004 Austria Wien 59 (12)
2004–2006 Rosenborg 36 (15)
2006–2008 Brann 48 (35)
2008–2011 Le Mans 98 (35)
2011–2012 Monaco 6 (0)
2012–2013 Lillestrøm 34 (8)
2014 Gamle Oslo 6 (4)
International career
1996–1999 Norway U21 30 (5)
2000–2010 Norway 38 (10)
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Thorstein Helstad (born 28 April 1977) is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a forward.



Helstad was born in Hamar, [2] and started his career in his local club FL Fart where he at age 16 scored two goals against Løten in 1993 that made the team win promotion to 3. divisjon. He transferred to the local Norwegian First Division side HamKam, at the age of 18, and played for the club between 1995 and 1997. [3] Helstad joined the Tippeligaen side Brann ahead of the 1998 season. He became one of the biggest stars in the team, and was Tippeliga top scorer in both 2000 and 2001 and won the Kniksen Award as the best striker in 2000. Helstad was sold to Austria Wien alongside Raymond Kvisvik, where he won both the Austrian Bundesliga, the Austrian Cup and the Austrian Supercup. After scoring 14 goals in 69 matches for the Austrian side, Helstad returned to Norway where he signed a four-year deal with Rosenborg. [4]

With Steffen Iversen as the preferred striker, Helstad never managed to gain a regular spot in the first squad, but was often used a winger in a 4–3–3 system. [5]

After scoring 24 goals in 58 matches, Helstad returned to Brann in June 2006. Since he transferred in the middle of the season he won both gold with Rosenborg and silver with Brann. [4]

In July 2008, Brann accepted a €2 million bid for Helstad from French club Le Mans, where he was installed as their starting striker. Helstad scored 21 goals in 2010–11.

In June 2011, Helstad made a free transfer move to recently relegated and former Champions League finalist Monaco.

He announced his retirement from playing in April 2014. [6]

Career statistics


Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
SeasonClubLeagueNational CupLeague CupEuropeTotal
HamKam 1995 Tippeligaen 17400174
1996 Adeccoligaen 14300143
1997 15500155
Brann 1998 Tippeligaen2360020256
1999 21800218
2000 241820212819
2001 231743202920
2002 850085
Austria Wien 2002–03 Austrian Bundesliga 2960042338
2003–04 2760020296
2004–05 300030
Rosenborg 2004 Tippeligaen51004293
2005 251323823518
2006 610061
Brann 2006 Tippeligaen12210132
2007 242221613224
2008 121112201513
Le Mans 2008–09 Ligue 1 321021103511
2009–10 3141020344
2010–11 Ligue 2 352131103922
Monaco 2011–12 Ligue 260101080
Lillestrøm 2012 Tippeligaen12300123
2013 22530255
Career total426171221150328485190

International goals

Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Helstad goal. [7]
List of international goals scored by Thorstein Helstad
116 August 2000 Telia 5G -areena, Helsinki, FinlandFlag of Finland.svg  Finland 1–11–3 Friendly
27 October 2000 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff, WalesFlag of Wales (1959-present).svg  Wales 1–11–1 2002 FIFA World Cup qualification
324 January 2001 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong Flag of South Korea.svg  South Korea 2–13–2Friendly
428 February 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast, Northern IrelandUlster Banner.svg  Northern Ireland 1–04–0Friendly
626 January 2003 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah, United Arab EmiratesFlag of the United Arab Emirates.svg  United Arab Emirates 1–11–1Friendly
78 June 2005 Råsunda Stadium, Solna, SwedenFlag of Sweden.svg  Sweden 2–13–2Friendly
812 October 2005 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Belarus.svg  Belarus 1–01–0 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification
92 June 2007Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of Malta.svg  Malta 2–04–0 UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
109 September 2009Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo, NorwayFlag of North Macedonia.svg  North Macedonia 1–02–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification


Austria Wien




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