Thorstein Helstad

Last updated

Thorstein Helstad
Thorstein Helstad 2006 05 04 (cropped).jpg
Helstad in 2006
Personal information
Full name Thorstein Helstad
Date of birth (1977-04-28) 28 April 1977 (age 44) [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 8 (0)
2012–2013 Lillestrøm 34 (8)
2014 Gamle Oslo 6 (4)
2015–2018 Bærumsløkka 16 (26)
2019 Ready 2 7 (3)
National team
1996–1999 Norway U21 30 (5)
2000–2010 Norway 38 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

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




Related Research Articles

Roald Jensen, nicknamed "Kniksen", of Bergen, Norway was one of that country's most celebrated association football players. He played for SK Brann and Heart of Midlothian F.C. ("Hearts"). Knicksen is a local Bergen word meaning "juggler".

Sigurd Rushfeldt

Sigurd Rushfeldt is a Norwegian football coach and former player who works as an assistant coach for Tromsø. During his playing career, he played for Tromsø, Birmingham City, Rosenborg, Racing de Santander, and Austria Wien. As a forward, he is well known for his strength and for being a prolific goalscorer. Rushfeldt is the all-time top goal scorer of Eliteserien.

Bengt Sæternes is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a centre forward from 1991 until 2011.

Jan Gunnar Solli Norwegian footballer

Jan Gunnar Solli is a Norwegian footballer.

Ole Martin Årst is a Norwegian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. He is a former top scorer in both Belgium's and Norway's top leagues.

Daniel Nannskog Swedish footballer

Daniel Paul Gustav Nannskog is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a striker for Högaborg, Malmö FF, Djurgården, Assyriska, Sylvia, Landskrona BoIS, Sichuan Guancheng and Stabæk IF, as well as for the Sweden national team. He is a pundit on Swedish TV channel SVT, as part of their football coverage. Nannskog was known for being a hard working, determined player who worked for the team by not only scoring goals but creating them as well. On 23 November 2010, he announced his retirement.

Harald Martin Brattbakk is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a striker. He was the all-time top scorer in the Norwegian top division with 166 goals in 255 matches, before being surpassed by Sigurd Rushfeldt in 2011. After his retirement from playing he became a pilot.

Frode Johnsen Norwegian footballer

Frode Johnsen is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played for Odd and Rosenborg in the Tippeligaen and for Nagoya Grampus and Shimizu S-Pulse in Japan. He played in several positions, but was preferred as a striker or midfielder. Johnsen is 188 cm tall, and was a good header of the ball.

Raymond Kvisvik is a Norwegian former professional footballer who played as a winger. He is most noted for his spells at Brann, but he did also play for Moss, Austria Wien and Fredrikstad. Kvisvik won the Norwegian Cup with Brann in 2004 and with Fredrikstad in 2006. He was capped eleven times for Norway scoring two goals.

Mons Ivar Mjelde

Mons Ivar Mjelde is a Norwegian footballer coach and former player who works as head coach for the Norwegian club Øygarden.

Martin Andresen Norwegian footballer

Martin Andresen is a Norwegian former professional football player and manager, who played as a central midfielder.

The Kniksen Award, established in 1990, honors the best players in the Norwegian football premiership. The award is named after the legendary Norwegian football player Roald Jensen, nicknamed "Kniksen".

Paul Scharner Austrian retired footballer (born 1980)

Paul Josef Herbert Scharner is an Austrian retired footballer. He operated mainly as a defender, although he could play almost every midfield position as well. He was known for his great positional versatility and haircuts.

Håkon Opdal Norwegian footballer

Håkon Eikemo Opdal is a Norwegian professional footballer who plays for Brann in the Eliteserien, as a goalkeeper. He has previously played for Brann and Start, where he won Tippeligaen in 2007 and the Norwegian Cup in 2004.

Ivica Vastić Austrian footballer

Ivica Vastić is an Austrian retired professional footballer, who played as a midfielder and as a striker, and head coach of Austria Wien U18.

Rade Stanislav Prica is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a striker.

Joakim Sjöhage is a Swedish former professional footballer who played as a striker. In 2006 and 2007, respectively, he won Allsvenskan and Tippeligaen, the top divisions of Sweden and Norway. With Elfsborg, he also won Supercupen in 2007.

Morten Moldskred Norwegian footballer

Morten Moldskred is a Norwegian footballer who is without a club. A winger, he also plays as a midfielder or striker.

FL Fart Football club

Fotballaget Fart is a Norwegian football club based in Vang outside Hamar. The club is most noted for their women's team which played in Toppserien in 2008, 2012 and 2019. Their home matches are played at Fartbana. Norway international footballers Thorstein Helstad and Kristin Bekkevold started their careers at Fart.

Mesterfinalen Football league

Mesterfinalen, also known as UNICEF Mesterfinalen due to its cooperation with UNICEF, is a Norwegian association football competition contested between the champions of the previous Eliteserien season and the holders of the Norwegian Football Cup. If the same team is both reigning League and Cup champions, the silver medalist from the league provides the opposition. The competition was founded in 2009, then known as Superfinalen. Superfinalen was not arranged between 2011 and 2016 before it was rebranded and again arranged in 2017. The fixture is a recognised competitive football super cup.


  2. "Thorstein Helstad". (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  3. "Historien vår". Fotballaget Fart (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 March 2013.
  4. 1 2 "Thorstein Helstad". SK Brann (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 June 2013.
  5. "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 29 September 2011. Retrieved 31 May 2009.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  6. "Helstad har lagt opp". TV2. 2 April 2014.
  7. "Helstad, Thorstein". National Football Teams. Retrieved 28 April 2017.