Central midfielder who joined Napoli in 2011 after appearing in 141 matches for Udinese from 2007 to 2011. He debuted for the Swiss national team in 2006.
He spent his youth career with Olten, Solothurn and Basel from 1992 to 2004.
He scored his first international goal on March 22, 2007 in a friendly against Jamaica.
He was born in Olten, Switzerland.
He and right back Stephan Lichtsteiner became teammates on the Swiss national team.