The Croatian national football team is on the verge of securing direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship, with a win against Armenia scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday at Maksimir stadium. This match presents an opportunity for the Croatian Football Association to earn a substantial sum, as a good result could lead to significant earnings. In fact, Uefa has disclosed information on the budget and potential earnings for national teams participating in the Euros in Germany, and Croatia stands to receive 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament.
Uefa has not increased the prize pool for this edition of the Euros, which remains at 331 million euros compared to the previous one held in France. However, there is a 30 million increase in the budget compared to Euro 2016, and Uefa expects to generate 1.7 billion euros in earnings from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, which is an increase of 600 million euros over the previous edition held during the coronavirus pandemic and organized across multiple countries.
It’s important to note that due to circumstances surrounding Euro 2016 and its organization across multiple countries, comparisons between editions are less valid. Nonetheless, Uefa predicts significantly higher earnings than Euro 2016 despite no increase in prize money. Additionally, Uefa has allocated an unprecedented amount of money – a staggering €1.19 billion – for countries that do not secure a place in the European Championship. A total of €645 million was allocated from the previous Euro edition.
In conclusion, if Croatia can secure direct qualification against Armenia on Tuesday night at Maksimir stadium, it will be a lucrative match for their Football Association and also set them up nicely for what promises to be an exciting and profitable tournament later next year in Germany.