Spanish speaking Portadown soccer sensation featured in new google ad…

Through no fault of his own young Alberto has found himself in Portadown. But what do you do when you have a love of soccer and not much English? You pull out your mobile phone and fire up Google translate of course. All this is the unlikely subject of Google’s new ad for their Translate app. You can see the ad below:

As you would expect the ad is well produced. It makes Portadown look the very model of Cosmopolitan tolerance.

Based on the success of the ad Google have announced plans to support translation to and from Ulster Scots. A Google spokesperson said “Wier sein fierce demand fur support for da hamely tongue. We got a quare gunk when we seen a hape o fowk hankering for Ulster Scots and we will no see ye stuck…” *

Video seen via Reddit

* I may have made this bit up.


  • Ian James Parsley

    Brian ye buck eidiot, thay taaks the haemlie tongue in Ballymoney but no in Portadoun! 🙂

    Lovely advert though.

  • Nevin

    He hasn’t got a ‘Balde’ – as they might say in Portadown!

  • Brian O’Neill

    If this is the case let me be the first to call for the setting up of an Ulster Scot language centre in Portadown. No part af aur wee pravance should be deprived from learning its mather tangue.

  • Dan

    bet the slugs from the FAI are already sliming their way in to try and claim him

  • Sergiogiorgio

    Brought a tear to this old cynics eye. I went to see my 12 year nephew play for another Portadown team, St. Mary’s, a few weeks back. He was passing the ball into midfield to Elanio, who was chipping it up to Alessio, a couple of Portuguese kids in the team. I counted four all told. Their families come over to work in the local meat factory and unsurprisingly they live in cheap end of town. But, boy, can they play football. I’m delighted to see my nephew not look at them and see a “foreigner” but a team mate, and a damn talented one at that. The BBC should get on the case. There’s a great story to be told here. This country’s future in their unblinded hands.