Brest social media following soars thanks to arrival of Youcef Belaïli

As reported by L’Équipe, Brest’s social media accounts witnessed impressive growth over the last 24 hours, thanks to the arrival of Algerian winger Youcef Belaïli (29).

As of Monday morning (31/01), the Breton side had around 440,000 followers on various platforms (Facebook 144,000; Tiktok 126,000; Twitter 91,000; Instagram 79,000).

By the official announcement of Belaïli at around 10pm on Monday night, the total figure had doubled to over a million followers. By this afternoon, the club has accumulated 615,000 Facebook followers and over 250,000 Instagram followers.

A spokesperson said to the AFP that “we were very surprised by the scale.” The club also expect to sell a great deal of Belaïli’s number 24 shirts.

The winger featured prominently in Algeria’s successful Arab Cup campaign (2 goals, 1 assist), but had a surprisingly poor AFCON, contributing no goals in any of Algeria’s three group games.

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