|Date of birth
28 April 1977 |
|Place of birth
||1.87 m (6 ft 1 1⁄2 in)
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 January 2014.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 2 March 2012
Thorstein Helstad (born 28 April 1977 in Hamar) is a retired Norwegian footballer
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Helstad was born in Hamar, 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. 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.
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.
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.
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.
- As of 28 January 2014
- Scores and results list Norway's goal tally first.