Inler with Switzerland in 2008
|Full name||Gökhan Inler|
|Date of birth||27 June 1984|
|Place of birth||Olten, Switzerland|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Central midfielder|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 January 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).
He began his professional career at FC Basel but did not break through, subsequently joining FC Aarau and FC Zürich and winning the Swiss Super League in both of his seasons at the latter. After four seasons at Udinese, he joined Napoli in 2011, where he has twice won the Coppa Italia.
Inler played under-21 football for both Switzerland and Turkey. He made his debut for the Switzerland national football team in 2006, and has since earned over 75 caps and scored 6 goals. He played for the team at Euro 2008 and two World Cups, captaining them in the 2014 edition.
Inler started his career at FC Basel and then joined FC Aarau. On 20 March 2005, he made his Swiss Super League debut in a 2–3 home defeat against Grasshoppers. In January 2006, he was signed by FC Zürich and was part of the 2005–06 and 2006–07 Swiss Championship winning teams.
Inler joined Udinese in July 2007 after the club met a buy-out clause in his Zürich contract, joining for an undisclosed fee and signing a five-year deal. He scored his first goal for Udinese in a 2–1 win over Torino F.C.. He scored in the 52nd minute, taking Udinese 2–0 up at the time. On 30 March 2008, Inler scored his second Serie A goal opening the scoring in a 3–1 win over Fiorentina. Inler also set up striker Antonio Di Natale for the winning goal later in the match. In Inler's first season in Italy, he started every game providing 2 goals and 2 assists. Inler and Udinese had a very successful season finishing 7th in Serie A and earning a berth in the first round of the UEFA Cup spot.
On the opening day of the 2008–09 Serie A season, Inler scored the third goal of a 3–1 win over Palermo and provided an assist for one of Di Natale's two goals. On 18 September Inler scored in the first leg of a UEFA Cup qualifying round game against Borussia Dortmund in Germany, that Udinese won 2–0. Udinese lost the home leg 2–0 courtesy of two goals from Tamas Hajnal, but Udinese won in penalties 4–3, with Inler making his. Inler featured in all four of Udinese's group stage games, as they finished first in their group with 9 points. In the Round of 16, Inler started both legs against reigning champions Zenit St. Petersburg, as Udinese won 2–1 on aggregate against the Russians. In the quarterfinal round against Werder Bremen, Udinese lost the first leg 3–1 away from home. But in the second leg, Inler struck early on for the hosts netting a dipping shot from over 25 yards out. Diego equalized for the Germans before Fabio Quagliarella netted twice before the break to bring the aggregate score to 4–4. However two second-half goals for Bremen meant that the hosts were knocked out at the quarterfinal stage. Inler's goal against Palermo proved to be his only league goal of the season, but he provided three more assists including one in a stunning 6–2 victory over Cagliari on the final matchday of the season. The win assured that Udinese once again finished 7th in Serie A, this time 5 points behind AS Roma in the last European spot.
Udinese and Inler found the next season much more difficult. The playmaker did not have a successful season following his breakout campaign in the UEFA Cup from the previous year. Inler did not score in 33 Serie A appearances and only provided one assist to Di Natale in a 2–1 loss to champions Internazionale. Udinese only secured their Serie A safety on the penultimate day of the season with a 2–2 draw at Cagliari, which also saw the hosts confirm their Serie A status. Four days later, Inler scored in a 1–1 draw against Italy in an international friendly in preparation for the 2010 FIFA World Cup, with former teammate Quagliarella scoring for the world champions.
Inler and Udinese continued their bad form to start the 2010–11 Serie A campaign, losing four of their first five games. But things quickly started to turn around for each. Udinese went on a streak of six games without a loss, winning four in a row. Inler set up Antonio Floro Flores to level for the hosts against Cagliari, the game ending in a 1–1 draw on 7 November 2010. Following the winter break, Inler grabbed an assist in Udinese's 2–0 win over Chievo Verona on 6 January 2011. In an enthralling game at the San Siro the next Sunday, Inler provided Di Natale with one of his goals in a 4–4 draw against eventual champions AC Milan. Inler scored his first goal of the campaign in a 3–0 win over Cesena. The result meant that Udinese had not lost in 2011, 8 games, and moved up to sixth in the Serie A standings. Udinese drew their next Games against Brescia, before winning their next four, including a 7–0 thrashing of Palermo away from home. In the thirteenth and final game of their unbeaten streak, Inler scored against Catania in a 2–0 win. After finally losing, 2–0 to Lecce, Inler continued his fine run scoring in a 2–1 win over title chasers Napoli. Udinese drew with Milan on 22 May confirming that they would finish fourth and earn Italy's final Champions League berth, with one game remaining in the season.
Because of his good form in Udinese, helping them finish fourth in the 2010-11 Serie A table and securing a Champions League playoff spot, transfer speculation was rife that Inler would be on the move. In May 2011, Udinese agreed a deal with SSC Napoli in a deal for the player worth €13 million. In July, Inler finally agreed personal terms with Napoli and was unveiled on 11 July, being presented in an unconventional manner, wearing a lion mask to hide his identity and sporting the jersey number of 88. He made his Napoli debut in their 3–1 away win at AC Cesena on 10 September. Inler provided an assist for Federico Fernández in a 3–2 defeat to Bayern Munich in the group stages of the Champions League on 2 November. In the same game, he was involved in a challenge with Bastian Schweinsteiger that resulted in the Germany midfielder requiring surgery for a broken collarbone. On 7 December 2011, Inler scored his first goal for the club, and his first in the Champions League. He opened the scoring with a left-footed drive in a 2-0 away win over Villareal in the final game of the Champions League group stage, in which a win would take them through to the knockout stages of the competition, no matter what the result between Manchester City and Bayern Munich.
In Napoli's Round of 16 tie against Chelsea, Inler scored a long range drive in the second leg at Stamford Bridge to send the game into extra-time. A late goal from Branislav Ivanovic ensured Chelsea progressed to the quarterfinals 5-4 on aggregate. On 25 April 2012, Napoli headed to the Stadio Via del Mare to face Lecce, and Inler provided both assists for goals by Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani, climbing into fourth place in the Serie A standings. Later on in the season, Inler played in the Coppa Italia final against Scudetto winners Juventus and won his first piece of silverware with the Partenopei as they defeated Juve 2-0.
Inler played for the Swiss and Turkish national under-21 teams before making his debut for the Swiss national team. On 2 September 2006, he made his senior international debut in a friendly against Venezuela in Basel. Inler played all of Switzerland's matches at UEFA Euro 2008, in which they were eliminated at the group stage on home soil.
In the absence of regular captain Alexander Frei, on 16 June 2010 Inler captained Switzerland in a 1–0 win against Spain in the group stage of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. Frei returned for the second group game, but Inler was again the captain in the third, a goalless draw with Honduras.
|Inler – goals for Switzerland|
|1.||22 March 2007||Lockhart Stadium, Fort Lauderdale, USA||Jamaica||2–0||Win||Friendly match|
|2.||3 March 2010||AFG Arena, St. Gallen, Switzerland||Uruguay||1–3||Loss||Friendly match|
|3.||5 June 2010||Stade de Genève, Geneva, Switzerland||Italy||1–1||Draw||Friendly match|
|4.||12 October 2010||St. Jakob-Park, Basel, Switzerland||Wales||4–1||Win||UEFA Euro 2012 qualifying|
|5.||7 September 2012||Stožice Stadium, Ljubljana, Slovenia||Slovenia||2–0||Win||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
|6.||11 September 2012||Swisspor Arena, Lucerne, Switzerland||Albania||2–0||Win||2014 FIFA World Cup Qualification|
Statistics accurate as of match played 11 May 2014
- As of match played 1 July 2014
|Switzerland national team|
Inler, although born in Switzerland, has parents of Turkish origin.
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