The Croatian national football team has a chance to secure direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship with a win against Armenia in the upcoming match at Maksimir on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. This game could be quite lucrative for the Croatian Football Association, as a good result could earn them a significant amount of money. In fact, Uefa has released data on the distribution of the budget and potential earnings for national teams at the Euros in Germany, and Croatia stands to earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament.
Interestingly, Uefa has not increased the prize pool, which remains at 331 million euros compared to the previous edition of the Euros. However, the budget is now 30 million more profitable than at Euro 2016 in France. Uefa expects to generate 1.7 billion euros in earnings from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, which is a whopping 600 million more than the previous edition in 2021. It’s important to note that the circumstances of the last Euro, held during the coronavirus pandemic and organized in several countries, make comparisons less valid. The upcoming edition will be held only in Germany.
Uefa predicts significantly higher earnings compared to Euro 2016 but also plans to allocate a record amount for countries that don’t qualify for the tournament. This sum amounts to an astounding 1.19 billion euros while 645 million euros were allocated from the last Euro.
In summary, if Croatia wins against Armenia on Tuesday evening at Maksimir stadium, they stand to earn significant money that could boost their football program’s development prospects for years to come while also benefiting other nations through Uefa’s allocation of funds towards non-qualifying teams.