Cheick Ismael Tiote was an Ivorian footballer who played as a defensive midfielder. He played in Europe for Anderlecht, FC Twente, and Newcastle United before moving to China for Beijing Enterprises. He won the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations with the Ivory Coast national team. On June 5th, 2017, Tiote suffered a cardiac arrest and died during training in Beijing. Today we’ll go through the are the 8 things you need to know bout Cheick Tiote.

8. He could not speak any English before joining Newcastle

After playing for the Dutch club FC Twente for several years, Tiote finally got the opportunity to learn English when he joined the Premier League in 2010. He then mastered the English language, but he still had a translator for some occasion.


7. Tiote got 25 yellow cards in his first two seasons at Newcastle

Known as a fierce tackler, it’s no surprise that Tiote racked up 25 yellow cards in 50 league games during his first two seasons with Newcastle United. He has since bucked the average yellow card every other game. He has learned to hone his technique to limit the number of penalties he amasses.

6. His football hero was Michael Essien

Tiote had often named the former Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien as his football idol. He tried to imitate the star’s technique and determination on the field. His efforts didn’t go unnoticed, as even Newcastle manager Chris Hughton has made comparisons between the two.

5. He moved to Newcastle at the suggestion of Didier Drogba

According to The Guardian, During an interview, Tiote revealed that Didier Drogba made the suggestion that he move to the English Premier League. “It was Drogba who suggested that I come and play football here. Didier said England would suit my style of play,” he said.

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