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 12 July 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 July 2016
Cheick Ismaël Tioté (French pronunciation: [ʃɛik ismaɛl tjote]; born 21 June 1986) is an Ivorian footballer who plays as a defensive midfielder for Beijing BG and the Ivory Coast national team, with whom he won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
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, Tioté signed for Dutch Eredivisie 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.
On 26 August 2010, Tioté joined English Premier League side Newcastle United for a fee of £3.5 million, after he was granted a work permit. He made his debut on 18 September against Everton at Goodison Park. He completed all of his 64 passes, made two interceptions, completed all five of his attempted tackles, and his only shot was on target.
On 8 January 2011, he was sent off during Newcastle's third round FA Cup match against Stevenage. Whilst Tioté managed to touch the ball before Jon Ashton, his unorthodox way of doing so meant Ashton collided with him, and referee Andre Marriner had little choice but to give him his marching orders. Newcastle attempted to appeal the decision, but the FA decided to uphold it, and Tioté was suspended for three matches. On 5 February, Tioté scored his first, and what was to be his only goal for the club, a 25-yard volley for the late equaliser in a 4–4 draw against Arsenal, after the Magpies had trailed 4–0 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, 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 January 2014, and with Newcastle trailing 1–0 at home to Manchester City, Tioté had a goal controversially disallowed. In similar fashion to the leveller against Arsenal two years previous, Tioté struck a volley from outside the area, which went past City's goalkeeper Joe Hart. Referee Mike Jones thought that Yoan Gouffran (who had been in an offside position) had blocked Hart's line of vision, although replays showed that this was not the case. Like the Arsenal match, Tioté wildly celebrated the goal, running over to the bench. However, Hart, with some of his teammates, contested the decision to the referee and the linesman, and with most of the Newcastle players away from the pitch (only Yohan Cabaye was near the linesman), the goal was disallowed. Newcastle would concede deep into injury time, compounding a miserable afternoon. Football pundits largely criticised the decision to disallow Tioté's goal.
Later that month, Cabaye left the club to join Paris Saint-Germain, thus disrupting the successful partnership between the two men. As a result, his form suffered, with replacement Dan Gosling not up to the preferred standard. However, Tioté was given the captain's armband in the absence of Fabricio Coloccini, who had suffered a knee injury against West Bromwich Albion.
A hamstring injury meant that Tioté started the following season later than his teammates; it would be in September that he finally made his first appearance, against Hull City. He would go on to make eleven more appearances for in the league, before going on international duty for the 2015 African Cup of Nations. He sustained a knee injury, and had to have surgery on it, ruling him out for the rest of the season. This came as a blow for the player; he had stated to Ivorian press that he wanted to leave Newcastle. He had been previously linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, and admitted there had been contacts for him from Arsenal and an unnamed Russian club.
In the 2015–16 season, Tioté made twenty league appearances for the side, firstly under Steve McClaren, and then under Rafael Benítez. Despite this, he could not displace the midfield pairing of Moussa Sissoko and Georginio Wijnaldum, and often played in positions not suited to him. The following summer saw Tioté linked with moves to Turkey and China, but nothing came to fruition. Benítez decided to keep him on as a squad player, and he fell further down the pecking order with Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback and Isaac Hayden all starting ahead of him. He made three more appearances for the club – once in the league, in a 1–1 draw with Aston Villa, and twice in the FA Cup, in both third round ties against Birmingham City.
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.
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. During his time at Newcastle United, the couple lived in the village of Ponteland in Northumberland, and were married some time before his move to Newcastle. 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." Shortly afterwards, it was reported that he ended things with his mistress with whom he has a child.
- As of 19 January 2017
|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 12 July 2016.
- 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|
- Roda JC
- FC Twente
- Ivory Coast
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