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Carlos Javier "Colo" Mac Allister[1] (born 5 March 1968) is an Argentine politician and former footballer. A left-back, he played for Argentinos Juniors, Boca Juniors, and Racing Club during his career. He also won three international caps for the Argentina national team in 1993. After his football career, Mac Allister was elected as a National Deputy for the Republican Proposal party in 2013, representing his native province of La Pampa. From 2015 to 2018, he served as Secretary of Sports in the government of President Mauricio Macri.

Carlos Mac Allister
Secretary of Sports
In office
10 December 2015 – 12 October 2018
PresidentMauricio Macri
Preceded byCarlos Espínola
Succeeded byDiógenes de Urquiza
National Deputy
In office
10 December 2013 – 10 December 2015
Succeeded byMartín Maquieyra
ConstituencyLa Pampa
Personal details
Carlos Javier Mac Allister

(1968-05-06) 6 May 1968 (age 54)
Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina
Political partyRepublican Proposal
Other political
Juntos por el Cambio (2015–present)
Association football career
Height1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Senior career*
1986–1992Argentinos Juniors120(5)
1992–1996Boca Juniors124(5)
1996–1998Racing Club23(0)
1998–1999Ferro Carril Oeste35(1)
International career
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Club career

Mac Allister debuted for Argentinos Juniors in 1986. He transferred to Boca Juniors in 1992, where he scored the winning goal in the gold cup final.[2] In 1996, he left Boca for Racing Club where he played until 1998, playing one final season with Ferro Carril Oeste before retiring at the age of 30.[3]

International career

In 1993, Mac Allister played for the Argentina national team in the qualifiers for the 1994 FIFA World Cup alongside Diego Maradona, Fernando Redondo, Sergio Goycochea, Oscar Ruggeri and Diego Simeone. He was brought into the team in late 1993 following a loss to Colombia on 5 September 1993 in Buenos Aires, and played in the following international games for Argentina:

However, Mac Allister was not selected for the 1994 FIFA World Cup finals.

Post-playing career

In 1998 the Mac Allister brothers, Carlos and Patricio, established their own sports club for youngsters, the MacAllister Sports Club. They acquired a four-hectare piece of land situated 5 km outside Santa Rosa, in La Pampa province, where they built their own club to train and promote young football players for their subsequent careers in professional football.[4]

He was elected to the National Chamber of Deputies as part of the Republican Proposal party in 2013, representing his native province of La Pampa. From 2015 to 2018, he served as Secretary of Sports in the government of President Mauricio Macri.[5][6]

Personal life

Mac Allister is of Irish and Italian descent.[7] Mac Allister has ancestors from the Irish town of Donabate.[8][9] He talked in 2004 about having no deep relations to his roots, but "would love to know Ireland", places he "would someday go".[10] His brother is Patricio Mac Allister.[11] He has three sons who are professional footballers: Alexis, Francis and Kevin.[11]


Apertura 1992Boca JuniorsPrimera División Argentina
1993Boca JuniorsCopa de Oro Nicolás Leoz


  1. ^ "Alexis Mac Allister y su familia de futbolistas que lo acompañó hasta Qatar; ¿dónde juegan los hermanos del seleccionado argentino?". El Universo (in Spanish). 13 December 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  2. ^ "Todavía estoy buscando mi camino". Retrieved 15 October 2015.
  3. ^ "Mac Allister sobre Macri: "Mi jefe político es mucho mejor trabajando que hablando"" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 15 May 2015.
  4. ^ Macallister Sports Club
  5. ^ "El "Colorado" Mac Allister será candidato a diputado en La Pampa por el Pro". La Nación (in Spanish). 12 January 2013. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  6. ^ "Mac Allister deja la secretaría de Deportes para lanzar su candidatura a gobernador". Ámbito Financiero (in Spanish). 5 October 2018. Retrieved 15 November 2022.
  7. ^ "The Mac Allister family: friends with Maradona to a World Cup with Messi". the Guardian. 12 December 2022. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  8. ^ Kingston, Samuel (16 December 2022). "Irish Argentines: Foxford to Buenes Aires via Donabate". {{cite journal}}: Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  9. ^ Culhane, Darragh (18 December 2022). "Alexis Mac Allister's Irish heritage explained as he plays in World Cup final". Irish Mirror. Retrieved 19 December 2022.
  10. ^ "Todavía estoy buscando mi camino". El Gráfico. 19 March 2018. Retrieved 19 March 2018.
  11. ^ a b "Triple Mac". Olé. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 13 November 2017.

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