Cheick Tioté of the Ivory Coast plays his club football for Newcastle United in the English Premier League. He was born on the 21st June 1986 and grew up playing football in the streets of his home town of Yamoussoukro.
He did not own a pair of boots until he joined FC Bilbao, a club side in the Ivory Coast. In 2005 he was scouted by and moved to Anderlecht. He made only four appearances for the Belgian side because most of his time was spent on loan at Roda JC. In 2008 he joined FC Twente where he was to get his first taste of league success. Former England manager Steve McClaren placed faith in young Tiote and was rewarded as FC Twente went on to win the 2009/10 Eredivisie title.
Tiote's performances in the Eredivisie, Europa league, and Champions league were noticed by Newcastle United scouts and on 26th August 2010 he joined the North England outfit for a transfer fee worth £3.5 million. His debut came against Everton where he did not misplace one of his 64 passes. Impressing immediately he started the rest of Newcastle's matches that season. Newcastle fans will never forget his first goal for the Magpies. Those who stayed for the whole game that is. 4-0 down at half time to Arsenal, some fans decided that they had seen enough. Those who stayed witnessed a remarkable comeback. They magpies clawed back to 3-4 and in the 87th minute Tiote full volleyed a 30 yard screamer into the back of the net to earn Newcastle a 4-4 draw.
Tiote plays his international football for the Ivory Coast, he started in all of their 2010 World Cup matches and was a member of the 2012 African Nations Cup squad