A predatory English striker with sharp instincts in the penalty area, Matt Derbyshire has chosen to pursue his career abroad. He joined Olympiacos FC on loan from Blackburn Rovers FC in 2008/09 and made such a positive impact that he was offered, and signed, a permanent long-term deal with the Greek giants.
• Joined hometown club Blackburn at 17; sent on loan to lower-division teams Plymouth Argyle FC and Wrexham FC, scoring ten goals in 16 games for the latter.
• Pushed his case for first-team inclusion at Blackburn during 2006/07 season, scoring five league goals in second half of the campaign for Mark Hughes' side.
• Scored third goal for England Under-21s in a 3-3 draw with Italy – the first competitive match at the new Wembley Stadium – and went on to compete at the 2007 UEFA European Under-21 Championship in Netherlands, scoring in final group game v Serbia (2-0).
• Limited opportunities under new Blackburn manager Sam Allardyce led to his loan move to Olympiacos in January 2009; made major impact, scoring five goals in seven league games and three in the Greek Cup, including two in a thrilling final against AEK Athens FC, for which he was named man of the match.
• Missed four months of 2009/10 season with a groin injury but returned to action in late January with three goals in two Super League games.
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A cup specialist, Derbyshire's last-gasp equaliser in normal time of the 2009 Greek showpiece was his 11th goal in 20 appearances in domestic knockout competitions.
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