Newcastle Midfielder – Everyone Wants To Play In A World Cup

Cheick Tiote seems to be returning to the good form he showed when he first arrived at Newcastle over three years ago from FC Twente for £3.5M, and certainly in the last two games the 40 times capped Ivory Coast International has played very well.

cheick tiote - ivory coast

Cheick Tiote – in Ivory Coast colors

Cheick is currently in Abidjan for the first game of a two leg play-off with Senegal for which country will qualify for the World Cup in Brazil next summer, and Cheick will be up against his Newcastle team-mate Papiss Cisse.

Cheick is certainly coming into some form for Newcastle, but the team has been so inconsistent so far this season, and we never quite know which team will turn up, but last Saturday, at least in that first half, it was a very good Newcastle side on show.

Cheick has talked in the local press about Newcastle’s season:

“The first game was really difficult and we were nowhere near as good as we can play.”  “After we came back and won but then lost another two games.”

“To beat Cardiff was so important for us and I hope we will continue to do the same.”  “I think this result could kick-start our season.” 

“It will be good for the players, because we will go away with a good feeling and come back in a positive mood.”  “The run we had made it even more important we got a result.”

“Liverpool isn’t going to be an easy game. We have a bit of time to rest and prepare for a very hard game.”

The last time Senegal and the Ivory Coast met was last October in the African Cup of Nations qualifier, and all hell broke loose in the second half.

We watched that game , and the Ivorians were leading 4-2 from the first leg, and Drogba had scored his second goal of the second half from the penalty spot in the 71st minute and the Ivorians were 6-2 up on aggregate, with less than 20 minutes to play.

And that was too much for Senegal fans, who stormed onto the pitch and the game was later abandoned as fires raged on the pitch and in the stands.

Cheick and Cisse were both involved, and Cheick hopes the result will be the same this time around:

“I hope it will be the same story for us because everyone wants to play in a World Cup.”  “It is a big game for both countries and Papiss is a dangerous striker, but we have to concentrate on our own game and get through.”

It’s going to be quite a game on Saturday, and then the second leg takes place in Casablanca. Morocco on 16th November to decide which country make it through to the finals in Brazil next summer.

Either Cheick Tiote or Papiss Cisse is going to be a very disappointed player on that date, because as Cheick says – everyone wants to play in a World Cup.

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17 comments so far

  • geordieboy83

    Oct 10, 2013 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #1

    20 mins ago

    Thad’s my choice upfront mate they were devestating. Just not long enough together. I think it has to be lee and Beardsley for cm

  • Slank

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:10 AM

    Comment #2


    Mister Tiff

    ‘1. No further action due to insufficient evidence OR
    2. He will be charged with an offence arising from the allegations. If he is charged he will either be bailed to attend court at a later date OR kept in custody to appear before the next available court.’

    I can’t see him being kept in custody as doesn’t this presuppose he is more than capable of committing another crime, which doesn’t seem likely?

    Rape cases are very difficult to prove as often it is one persons allegation against the other persons denial in the absence of any tangible evidence.

    Hopefully it will not come to a court appearance.

  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #3

    Off topic – it makes a pleasant change that it is not NUFC in turmoil and making the headlines.
    As normally it it is Mike Ashley who drops a bombshell in the international break.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 10, 2013 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #4

    Jesus, being beaten at home by us was the last straw for the owner of Cardiff of all teams, and this only seven games in.

    Crikey our stock has fallen.????

  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #5

    jimmysmith – nice one 🙂 🙂

  • pottsclock

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:13 PM

    Comment #6

    Being taken over by seemingly rich foreign investors can be beneficial but can also be an absolute nightmare, such as Portsmouth and possibly now Cardiff.
    They’ll all be gone when the money dries up in the EPL or is better elsewhere, then we’ll see which proper clubs are left.

  • Himanshu Dhingra

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #7

    Sachin Tendulkar has announced his Retirement. What a player.

  • jimmysmith

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #8

    Possibly the greatest sportsman of his generation. A genuine God on the sub continent.

  • Harley

    Oct 10, 2013 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #9

    It’s great to see all of these players suddenly hitting form as there’s a World Cup looming.

    I’m really pleased for them.

  • Mister Tuff

    Oct 10, 2013 at 1:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Slank – previous post re Remy.
    If Remy is charged -I think the cops would bail him out to the next court, as opposed to keeping him in custody. This is usually the norm with well known/famous people – he really cannot hideaway somewhere as his face in known all over the world. so would probably get bailed out.
    If he is charged – it will take many months to get a trial organised -as rape is a serious indictable offence -it can only be dealt with at a Crown Court – this process will take us well into next year (certainly by passing the January transfer window).

  • Ciaran

    Oct 10, 2013 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #11

    Interesting comments last night discussing the march that is due to take place on 19th October. Completely respect Lilongwe’s views that there are those who want change but are wary of a march.

    Just to echo what Ibiza and BandB said last night, the way I see it is that it’s a good starting point to show that there are fans who want to positively affect change in the club – be that a change in ownership or a change in direction from the owner.

    There might be people who will want Ashley Out and will be making those feelings known, but I think we should trust our fellow fans to conduct themselves with dignity and trust them to represent the sensible, passionate fan base as a whole.

    If you’re worried about some fans making a nuisance of themselves and not representing us properly then I suggest that you sensible, passionate fans turn up in your droves and represent this club in the right way.

    Strength in numbers, but more importantly, strength in unity.

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2013 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #12

    martoon, jimmysmitgh.

    Cardiff City’s owner appears to has gone a long way to provide real competition for Ashley in the making stupid decisions league.

    Appointing a 23 year old as DOF beats Kinnear’s appointment hands down! He the owner, has floated his proposal to drop ‘City’ from the club’s name has gone down too well either.

    Wow, real competition for Ashley’s stupidity and his reaction to the Cardiff owner could prove to be an interesting sideshow to the football!

    Watch this space

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2013 at 2:20 PM

    Comment #13

    • whoopps, who jimmysmitgh? My apologies to jimmysmith

  • martoon

    Oct 10, 2013 at 2:28 PM

    Comment #14

    lesh @12 – Let’s hope Ashley doesn’t try to trump the Cardiff owner and change our strip to red & white stripes 😉

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #15

    The Time4Change March – No mission statement beyond, it’s claimed that this is to promote what is good about NUFC and the city to any prospective buyer of OUR CLUB.

  • Ian Toon

    Oct 10, 2013 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #16

    Repeat Post

    In respect of season 2012-13 Supporters of Newcastle were arrested more times for football related offences than those of any other club in the country. ( Source The Guardian).

    Beware of Unintended consequences that could frighten off any prospective buyer of OUR club.

  • lesh

    Oct 10, 2013 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #17

    martoon, Ashley’s got some serious competition in Tan. He makes Ashley look like a good owner!


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