Tioté representing the Ivory Coast in 2012
|Full name||Cheick Ismaël Tioté|
|Date of birth||21 June 1986|
|Place of birth||Yamoussoukro, Ivory Coast|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive Midfielder|
|Current club||Newcastle United|
|2007–2008||→ Roda JC (loan)||26||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 1 March 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
Born in Yamoussoukro, he started out playing barefoot street football at the age of 10, not owning a pair of boots until he was 15. He began his career with Ivorian minor league side FC Bibo. In 2005, he was scouted by Belgian club Anderlecht. He made his debut for Anderlecht in a Belgian Cup match which they lost to Geel after Tioté missed his penalty. In the 2007–08 season he played on loan for Roda JC, where he played alongside his countryman Sekou Cissé.
On 2 October 2008 Cheick Tioté signed for Dutch Eredivisie league side FC Twente for a fee reported to be around €750,000, where he gained his reputation for being a determined and resilient midfielder with a keen eye for a pass, making 58 league appearances scoring one goal with 14 assists. He won the Dutch title in 2009/10 season under the guidance of Ex-England manager Steve McClaren and also featured in the Europa League and Champions League.
Tioté joined English Premier League side Newcastle United on 26 August 2010 for a fee of £3.5 million after he was granted a work permit. He made his debut on 18 September 2010 against Everton at Goodison Park. His debut was very successful – completing all of his 64 passes. He also made two interceptions, completed all five of his attempted tackles, and his only shot was on target. He started all of the Newcastle United's games, putting in strong performances against Manchester City and in the 2–1 away win over West Ham. Tioté received man of the match for his performance in the 1–0 away victory against Wigan Athletic.
He was sent off in 3rd Round FA Cup tie against Stevenage suffering a three match domestic ban, but scored a memorable first goal on his return, scoring a 25-yard volley for the late equaliser in a 4–4 draw against Arsenal, a game the Magpies trailed 0–4 at half time.
On 25 February 2011 Newcastle announced that Tioté had signed a new six-and-a-half-year contract to show his commitment to the club, keeping him at Newcastle until 2017. Upon signing his new deal, Tioté said 'The experience of playing in the Premier League has been better than I ever hoped it could be. This is a great club and the fans have been brilliant – I have never known support like it.'
After two seasons at Newcastle, Tioté picked up 25 yellow cards from 50 league games, a return of one yellow card every two games, but only received one, controversial red against local rivals Sunderland. He was sent off in Newcastle's 1–1 draw away to Sunderland on 21 October 2012 for a late challenge on Sunderland's Steven Fletcher.
On 12 August 2009, Tioté made his international debut for the Ivory Coast in a friendly match against Tunisia. He was selected in the Ivory Coast's squad for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations squad and given the squad number 9. He started in all three of Les Éléphants' matches before their quarter final elimination by Algeria. Tioté also started each of the Ivory Coast's 2010 FIFA World Cup matches in South Africa. However, the team did not advance to the second round. On 13 January 2012, Tioté was sent off for a "crazy challenge" in an 2012 Africa Cup of Nations warm up match against Tunisia However, he was in the starting line-up for the Ivory Coast's opening two group matches and both the semi final and final, in which he scored the team's first kick in the penalty shootout defeat to Zambia. The following year, at the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, Tioté scored his first international goal in the 50th minute of their 2–1 quarterfinal loss to Nigeria.
- Scores and results list the Ivory Coast's goal tally first.
|1||3 February 2013||Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg, South Africa||Nigeria||1–1||1–2||2013 Africa Cup of Nations|
Style of play
Tioté is a defensive midfielder who breaks up opponents' play and retains possession. Due to his tackling, Tioté has been a consistent name in the referee's book, picking up 14 yellow cards in his debut season in the Premier League.
On 13 February 2013, Tioté was arrested on suspicion of fraud, and had his car seized by the police.
|Club performance||League||Cup||League Cup||Continental||Total|
|Belgium||League||Belgian Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2005–06||Anderlecht||Belgian Pro League||2||0||1||0||0||0||1||0||4||0|
|Netherlands||League||KNVB Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2007–08||Roda JC (Loan)||Eredivisie||26||2||0||0||0||0||0||0||26||2|
|England||League||FA Cup||League Cup||Europe||Total|
|2010–11||Newcastle United||Premier League||26||1||1||0||1||0||0||0||28||1|
|Newcastle United Total||97||1||2||0||4||0||6||0||109||1|
- As of match played 5 March 2014.
- "List of Players" (PDF). Confederation of African Football (CAF). Retrieved 24 January 2013.
- Newcastle United Player profile
- Newcastle midfield dynamo Cheik Tiote never owned a pair of football boots until he was 15-years-old – News. MirrorFootball.co.uk (17 December 2010). Retrieved on 2011-06-06.
- Footmercato Profile. Footmercato.net. Retrieved on 2011-06-06.
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- "Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote in fraud arrest". BBC News. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- "Cheick Tioté Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- "Cheick Tioté". National Football Teams. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- "Cheick Ismaël Tioté". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 July 2013.
|Newcastle United F.C. Player of the Year