The Croatian national football team has the opportunity to secure direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship by winning against Armenia in a match scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday at Maksimir stadium. This game could be quite profitable for the Croatian Football Association, as a good outcome could result in significant earnings. In fact, Uefa has released data on 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.
Although Uefa has not increased the prize pool, which remains at 331 million euros compared to the previous edition of the Euros, the budget is now 30 million more profitable than it was during Euro 2016 in France. 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 compared to Euro 2021. It’s worth noting that comparisons with previous editions may not be entirely valid due to circumstances such as the coronavirus pandemic and multiple countries hosting events in Euro 2016 instead of one country hosting it all in Euro 2024.
Uefa predicts that earnings will be significantly higher in comparison to Euro 2016 but also expects to allocate a record amount of money for countries that do not secure a place in the European Championship. This sum amounts to a staggering €1.19 billion euros, while €645 million was allocated from Euro 2016.
In conclusion, winning against Armenia on Tuesday evening could be crucial for Croatia’s qualification for the upcoming European Championship and its potential earnings from this tournament.