Thorstein Helstad

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Thorstein Helstad
Thorstein Helstad 2006 05 04 (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Thorstein Helstad
Date of birth (1977-04-28) 28 April 1977 (age 37)[1]
Place of birth Hamar, Norway
Height 1.87 m (6 ft 1 12 in)
Playing position Forward
Youth career
1994 Fart Vang
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
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)
Total 428 (171)
National team
1996–1999 Norway U21 30 (5)
2000–2010 Norway 38 (10)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2014.

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 March 2012

Thorstein Helstad (born 28 April 1977 in Hamar) is a retired[2] Norwegian footballer

Career[edit]

Helstad was born in Hamar,[3] and started his career in his local club FL Fart where heat age of 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.[4] 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.[5]

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.[6]

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.[5]

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 last season.

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

Career statistics[edit]

As of 28 January 2014
Season Club Division League National Cup League Cup Europe Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
1995 HamKam Tippeligaen 17 4 0 0 17 4
1996 Adeccoligaen 14 3 0 0 14 3
1997 15 5 0 0 15 5
1998 Brann Tippeligaen 23 6 0 0 2 0 25 6
1999 21 8 0 0 21 8
2000 24 18 2 0 2 1 28 19
2001 23 17 4 3 2 0 29 20
2002 8 5 0 0 8 5
2002–03 Austria Wien Bundesliga 29 6 0 0 4 2 33 8
2003–04 27 6 0 0 2 0 29 6
2004–05 3 0 0 0 3 0
2004 Rosenborg Tippeligaen 5 1 0 0 4 2 9 3
2005 25 13 2 3 8 2 35 18
2006 6 1 0 0 6 1
2006 Brann Tippeligaen 12 2 1 0 13 2
2007 24 22 2 1 6 1 32 24
2008 12 11 1 2 2 0 15 13
2008–09 Le Mans Ligue 1 32 10 2 1 1 0 35 11
2009–10 31 4 1 0 2 0 34 4
2010–11 Ligue 2 35 21 3 1 1 0 39 22
2011–12 Monaco 6 0 1 0 1 0 8 0
2012 Lillestrøm Tippeligaen 12 3 0 0 12 3
2013 22 5 3 0 25 5
Career Total 426 171 22 11 5 0 32 8 485 190

Honours[edit]

Norway[edit]

Individual[edit]

Austria[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 August 2000 Helsinki Olympic Stadium, Helsinki  Finland 1–3 Defeat Friendly
2 7 October 2000 Millennium Stadium, Cardiff  Wales 1–1 Draw World Cup 2002 qualifying
3 24 January 2001 Hong Kong Stadium, Hong Kong  South Korea 3–2 Win Friendly
4 28 February 2001 Windsor Park, Belfast  Northern Ireland 4–0 Win Friendly
5
6 26 January 2003 Sharjah Stadium, Sharjah  United Arab Emirates 1–1 Draw Friendly
7 8 June 2005 Råsunda Stadium, Solna  Sweden 3–2 Win Friendly
8 12 October 2005 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Belarus 1–0 Win World Cup 2006 qualifying
9 2 June 2007 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Malta 4–0 Win UEFA Euro 2008 qualifying
10 9 September 2009 Ullevaal Stadion, Oslo  Macedonia 2–1 Win World Cup 2010 qualifying

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://nifs.no/personprofil.php?person_id=138
  2. ^ "Helstad har lagt opp". TV2. 2 April 2014. 
  3. ^ "Thorstein Helstad". altomfotball.no (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  4. ^ "Historien vår". Fotballaget Fart (in Norwegian). Retrieved 25 March 2013. 
  5. ^ a b "Thorstein Helstad". SK Brann (in Norwegian). Retrieved 4 June 2013. 
  6. ^ http://fotball.adressa.no/eliteserien/article54667.ece

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