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|
|2007–2008||→ Roda JC (loan)||26||(2)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 28 September 2015.
Cheick Ismaël Tioté (French pronunciation: [ʃɛik ismaɛl tjote]; born 21 June 1986) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Newcastle United and the Ivory Coast national team,with whom he won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
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 sending off, a controversial red against local rivals Sunderland. He was sent off in Newcastle's 1–1 draw at the Stadium of Light on 21 October 2012, for a late challenge on 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|
On 13 February 2013, Tioté was arrested on suspicion of fraud, and had his car seized by the police.
He has two children with his first wife, Madah. The couple live in the village of Ponteland in Northumberland, and were married some time before his move to Newcastle United. On 29 September 2014, it was reported by the Newcastle Chronicle that Tioté had married a second wife, Laeticia Doukrou, in the capital of the Ivory Coast, Abidjan. The marriage had taken place before the start of the season. His agent Jean Musampa, confirmed the marriage to the local newspaper. Musampa said, "I can say that he did get married and that it is his second marriage." He also added that "this is nothing unusual. He is a muslim. [sic]" Shortly afterwards, it was reported that upon hearing the news, his mistress, Nikki Mpofu, with whom he has a child, ended the three-year affair, telling him, "You clearly have a big family, I don’t think you can keep count of your wives any more."
- Roda JC
- FC Twente
- Ivory Coast
- As of 3 January 2015
|Club||Season||League||National Cup[a]||League Cup[b]||Continental||Total|
|Roda JC (loan)||2007–08||Eredivisie||26||2||0||0||—||—||26||2|
|Newcastle United||2010–11||Premier League||26||1||1||0||1||0||—||28||1|
- Belgium – Belgian Cup; Netherlands – KNVB Cup; England – FA Cup
- England – League Cup
- Appearance(s) in the UEFA Champions League.
- Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League, eight appearances in the UEFA Cup.
- Two appearances in the UEFA Champions League, ten appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
- Appearances in the UEFA Europa League.
- As of 10 September 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.
- "Newcastle set to sign FC Twente midfielder Cheick Tiote". BBC Sport. 22 August 2010. Retrieved 23 August 2010.
- "Everton v Newcastle". BBC Sport. 18 September 2010. Retrieved 18 September 2010.
- "Tiote signs new deal at Newcastle". BBC News. 25 February 2011.
- "Sunderland 1-1 Newcastle". BBC Sport. 21 October 2012.
- Cass, Bob (5 May 2012). "We must embrace religion, says Newcastle boss Pardew as he considers introducing prayer room". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 January 2013.
- Smithfield, Jackie (22 September 2011). "Cheick Tiote: Returning to his best?". Leazes Terrace. Retrieved 2 January 2012.
- "Newcastle United's Cheick Tiote in fraud arrest". BBC News. 13 February 2013. Retrieved 14 February 2013.
- "Cheik Tioté: I miss Africa but Newcastle is perfect for me". The Guardian. 30 October 2010. Retrieved 29 September 2014.
- "Newcastle United star Cheick Tiote weds second wife in his African home country". Newcastle Chronicle. 29 September 2014.
- "Cheick Mate! Newcastle United Midfielder Tiote Rumbled As His Two Wives & Mistress Are Revealed". Caughtoffside.com. 29 September 2014.
- "Cheick Tioté Career Stats". Soccerbase. Retrieved 30 November 2010.
- "Cheick Ismaël Tioté". National Football Teams. Retrieved 9 July 2013.