Gokhan Inler first began playing football in his hometown of Olten. After spending most of his youth with local club FC Olten, he was snapped up by FC Basel from third division FC Solothurn in 2002. The then 18-year-old struggled to make the breakthrough into the first team, however, and as a result switched to FC Aarau in 2005.
The defensive midfielder of Turkish origin soon developed into one of Aarau's leading players, contributing heavily to the club's Super League survival in 2006.
His solid performances did not go unnoticed among Switzerland's biggest clubs and after just one season FC Zurich came in to take him to the Letzigrund Stadium. Together with his FCZ team-mates, Inler celebrated consecutive title successes in 2006 and 2007 before securing a move to Italian side Udinese, where has become an integral part of the Serie A outfit's starting line up.
After turning down the opportunity to represent Turkey, the industrious midfielder made his debut for the Swiss national team in September 2006 against Venezuela. Inler was soon a regular in then coach Jakob Kuhn's squad and subsequently appeared at UEFA EURO 2008 on home soil.
Current Switzerland boss Ottmar Hitzfeld also placed his trust in Inler's abilities during the qualification campaign for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™. The 1.81m-tall midfielder appeared in eight of his country's ten matches, playing the entire 90 minutes on each occasion and making a substantial contribution to Switzerland's direct qualification for football's greatest event.