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Atromitos signs Premier League veteran Camara Atromitos secured the first major signing for Greek soccer for this summer by acquiring Senegal striker Henri Camara for next season. The 33-year-old forward, who has scored 31 goals for his country in 99 games, came to Athens late on Sunday and by Tuesday afternoon had signed a contract with Atromitos. The Peristeri side announced that it was «the biggest signing in the club’s history.» Camara spent three years in France and two in Switzerland before moving to England in 2003 to join Wolves. He also played at Southampton, Wigan, West Ham, Stoke and Sheffield United, as well as Celtic in Scotland. «I was very impressed by the training center of the club. All conditions are excellent,» said Camara in a statement to the Atromitos website. No place like home for Gilberto Silva Brazil soccer captain Gilberto Silva stated on Tuesday that he is feeling homesick and would consider a return to his former club Atletico Mineiro, after spending the last two years at Panathinaikos and a glorious career at Arsenal before that. The other major figure of the Greek double-winners, striker Djibril Cisse, received a boost on Tuesday when he learned he is among the preliminary squad selected by France manager Raymond Domenech for the 2010 World Cup that starts in four weeks’ time. By June 1, he will find out whether he is among the 23 players who will travel to South Africa. Davis Cup Greece enjoyed a strong start to the Davis Cup tournament it is hosting at the Olympic Tennis Center in Athens. The national team is contesting Division III of the Europe/Africa Zone and beat Albania 3-0 on Monday, Montenegro 2-1 on Tuesday and San Marino 3-0 yesterday. If it defeats Moldova today, it will finish top of its group and avoid facing dangerous Luxembourg in the decisive playoffs on Saturday, which will determine the teams to be promoted to Division II. Childress out Olympiakos basketball club superstar Josh Childress returned from the Euroleague Final Four (where Olympiakos lost 86-68 to Barcelona in the final on Sunday) with a leg injury and will miss Game 1 of the league’s semifinal series on Sunday against Maroussi at the Peace and Friendship Stadium in Piraeus. In the other semifinal, Panathinaikos will host Panellinios on Saturday. Both matches will be shown live on Skai TV.