The Croatian national football team has a chance to earn direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship with a win against Armenia in a match scheduled for Maksimir on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. This game could be quite lucrative for the Croatian Football Association, as a good result could bring them significant earnings. 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.
Uefa has not increased the prize pool compared to the previous edition of the Euros, which was held in France and totaled 331 million euros. However, the budget is now 30 million more profitable than at Euro 2016 in France. Uefa predicts that it will earn 1.7 billion euros from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, which is an increase of 600 million euros compared to Euro 2021. It is important to note that due to circumstances surrounding the last Euro, held during the coronavirus pandemic and organized across multiple countries, comparisons may not be entirely accurate. The upcoming tournament will be held exclusively in Germany.
In addition to increased earnings for participating teams, Uefa also expects higher profits from non-qualifying countries. This amount stands at a staggering 1.19 billion euros, up from 645 million euros allocated from Euro 2016 when only four teams qualified directly through group stages instead of eight as previously stated in Euros held in France before Covid-19 pandemic happened .