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cushfrancetripinsideThe Tour De France has a different meaning for the football players at Augustana College.

The world famous annual cycling race might be well underway in Europe right now, but for the Vikings of Augustana College, their version of a tour of France involves an exhibition game against the country’s national team, important time spent on the practice field and an opportunity to tour some of the wonderful sights the nation has to offer.

The traveling party’s full itinerary and playing roster have been announced and make for a busy and unforgettable experience of a lifetime as the Illinois-based college travels again with Global Football, which has created and produced more than 100 American football games and events in 20 different nations on 6 continents around the world since 1996.  Augustana College has traveled previously to Finland, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Italy and the Czech Republic.

Global Football President Patrick Steenberge is eager to travel to France and said: “I am really looking forward to this tour, as France is such a historic and special country that I know the Augustana team will enjoy experiencing every aspect of it.  I also anticipate a very competitive football game as Coach Legault of the French team will have his men prepared and ready to play.”

While in France from July 24 through 30, the Vikings group will enjoy a chance to visit Monet’s house and the D-Day invasion beaches in Normandy, before moving on to Bayeux, Lille and Paris.  Once in the capital city, they will take in the Chateau de Compiegne, the Louvre Museum, the Eiffel Tower, the Palace of Versailles and set sail on a river cruise of the Seine.

Before heading overseas, the Vikings will kickoff a schedule of nine practices at home to prepare to face a French national team that finished as runners up at the 2010 European Championship and in sixth place at the World Championship in 2011.  Under head coach Larry Legault, the top amateur players in France are preparing for another assault on the European crown when the 2014 continental championship is held in Austria next summer.

Augustana College and the French National Team will meet on the football field at Stadium Lille Métropole on Saturday, July 27.

Augustana have 13 starters returning from a 5-5 season in 2012, with seven back on offense and six on defense, making them formidable opponents for France.  The returning players are: RB Eric Chandler, 5-9, 210, Sr; C Eric Dratnol, 6-1, 250, Sr; WR Torre Harrell, 6-2, 170, Jr; WR Nick Krantz, 6-1, 195, Sr; SB Antonio Owens, 5-9, 165, Jr; G Anthony Roome, 6-2, 280, Jr; SB Kyle Snow, 5-7, 165, Sr., CB Ben Fornek, 5-11, 180, Jr; OLB-DB Bo Goshorn, 6-2, 190, Jr; NT Carl Hartweg, 6-3, 280, Sr; FS Tim Maroder, 5-10, 195, Jr; DE Sean McIntyre, 6-2, 245, Jr; MLB Erik Westerberg, 6-3, 210, Sr.


Tuesday, July 23 – Fly overnight to Paris

Wednesday, July 24 – Nomandy (Monet’s House & Garden in Giverny…Welcome Dinner in Bayeux)

Thursday, July 25 – Normandy (Caen Peace Memorial & Museum…D-Day Invasion Beaches Excursion)

Friday, July 26 – Lille (Walking tour in Rouen)

Saturday, July 27 – Lille (Sightseeing in Lille…Game against French National Team…Post-game social)

Sunday, July 28 – Paris (Chateau de Compiegne)

Monday, July 29 – Paris (Sightseeing tour of Paris…Louvre Museum…Eiffel Tower)

Tuesday, July 30 – Paris (Palace of Versailles…Awards Dinner…Seine River Cruise)

Wednesday, July 31 – Return home


Sunday, July 7 – 2:30 p.m. (Practice #1)

Friday, July 12 – 8:45 p.m. (Practice #2)

Saturday, July 13 – 10:00 a.m. (Practice #3)…4:00 p.m. (Practice #4)

Sunday, July 14 – 10:00 a.m. (Practice #5)

Friday, July 19 – 8:45 p.m. (Practice #6)

Saturday, July 20 – 10:00 a.m. (Practice #7 with intrasquad scrimmage)…4:00 p.m. (Practice #8) Sunday, July 21 – 10:00 a.m. (Practice #9)

Tuesday, July 23 – Depart for France


02 Samuel Frasco QB 5-11 170 Fr Mount Prospect, Illinois/HS
09 Eric Josupait WR 6-0 180 So Aurora, Illinois/Waubonsie Valley
12 Chris Salazar QB 6-1 195 Fr Plainfield, Illinois/Providence Catholic
13 Kyle Snow WR 5-7 165 Jr Wheaton, Illinois/Wheaton Warrenville South
17 Benjamin Fornek DB 5-11 180 So Batavia, Illinois/HS
18 Sean Fitzgerald WR 5-10 150 Fr Manhattan, Illinois/Providence Catholic
23 Tim Maroder* WR 5-10 195 So Elgin, Illinois/Burlington Central
24 Jacob Puls OLB 6-0 185 So East Dubuque, Illinois/HS
25 Jacob Benner* LB 6-4 195 So Batavia, Illinois/HS
26 Jared Puls RB 5-10 175 So East Dubuque, Illinois/HS
28 James Fanning DB 5-8 175 Fr Fort Collins, Colorado/Fossil Ridge
29 Eric Chandler** RB 5-9 210 Jr Cary, Illinois/Cary Grove
30 Justin Gruca DB 5-8 190 Jr Wilmington, Illinois/HS
31 Bo Goshorn* DB 6-2 190 So Romeoville, Illinois/HS
33 Arnie Fitzwater*** K 6-3 215 Sr Waterford, Wisconsin/Waterford Union
34 Benjamin Hodges* RB 5-8 195 So Elburn, Illinois/St. Charles North
36 Jeremy Lensing P/K 5-11 180 Fr Manhattan, Illinois/Peotone
37 Mike McLean OLB 5-11 200 Jr Villa Park, Illinois/Willowbrook
39 Dylan Smith * LB 5-11 210 Jr Yorkville, Illinois/Aurora Christian
41 Erik Westerberg** (C) LB 6-3 210 Jr Elmhurst, Illinois/York
42 Mike O’Donoghue** OLB 6-1 205 Jr Mundelein, Illinois/HS
43 Ryan Coleman* LB 6-3 250 Jr Carol Stream, Illinois/Wheaton North
46 Josh Symbal LB 6-2 190 Fr Huntley, Illinois/HS
48 Sean Mulholland** TE 6-3 250 Jr Clinton, Iowa/HS
54 Will Hass* DL 6-3 250 Jr Algonquin, Illinois/Marian Central Catholic
55 James Stratton* LB 6-0 220 Jr Sherrard, Illinois/HS
56 Anthony Roome* OL 6-2 280 So Geneseo, Illinois/HS
57 Sean McIntyre* DE 6-2 245 So Genoa, Illinois/Genoa-Kingston
58 John Joyce LB 5-10 215 Jr Witt, Illinois/Hillsboro
59 Alex Anderson* OL 6-2 260 So Geneseo, Illinois/HS
62 Eric Dratnol OL 6-1 250 Jr Montgomery, Illinois/Kaneland
63 Trace Wingo** OL 6-2 285 Jr Crystal Lake, Illinois/South
65 Jon Losen OL 6-2 275 So Morton, Illinois/HS
67 Eric Link* OL 6-2 265 Jr Aledo, Illinois/Sherrard
71 Aaron Shuff DE 6-3 230 Jr South Barrington, Illinois/St. Viator
75 Dan Gregg OL 6-2 255 Jr Prospect Heights, Illinois/John Hersey
78 Greg Ferguson OL 6-2 280 So Plainfield, Illinois/South
80 Roman Shepard WR 6-0 185 So Davenport, Iowa/Assumption
81 Ryan Plunkett LB 6-0 190 Jr Wheaton, Illinois/Benet Academy
83 Derek Schneeman*** WR 6-2 200 Sr Streator, Illinois/HS
86 Marty Resner** TE 6-2 245 Sr Montgomery, Illinois/Oswego
87 Kyle Frake WR 6-0 200 So Clifton, Illinois/Central
88 Nick Krantz** WR 6-1 195 Jr Moline, Illinois/HS
89 Kevin Farley LB 6-2 195 Jr Wheaton, Illinois/North
91 Mike Roehrenbeck DL 6-0 230 Jr Gahanna, Ohio/Columbus Academy
99 Carl Hartweg* DL 6-3 280 Jr Carthage, Illinois/Illini West

HEAD COACH: Rob Cushman ASSISTANT COACHES:  Tom Casey (defensive coordinator), Jeff Lindmark (special teams coordinator/wide receivers), Brent Allen (offensive line), Aaron Call (defensive line), Jordan Malone (defensive backs). ATHLETIC TRAINER: Lori Anderson


For more information regarding Global Football tours and events, contact Patrick Steenberge: Tel: 817-219-7274 / Email: