The Croatian national football team has the opportunity to secure direct qualification for the 2024 European Championship with a victory against Armenia in a game scheduled for 8:45 p.m. on Tuesday at Maksimir stadium. This match could be quite lucrative for the Croatian Football Association as a good result could lead to significant earnings. In fact, Uefa has released data on the budget and potential earnings for national teams at the Euros in Germany, and Croatia is expected to earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament.
Despite an increase in revenue, Uefa has not raised the prize pool, which stands at 331 million euros compared to Euro 2016 in France. However, the budget is now 30 million more profitable than it was during Euro 2016. Uefa predicts that it will earn 1.7 billion euros from the upcoming European Championship in Germany, which is an increase of 600 million euros compared to Euro 2021. It’s worth noting that comparisons may not be entirely valid due to the unique circumstances of the previous Euro, which was held during a pandemic and across multiple countries, whereas this edition will take place solely in Germany.
Uefa also predicts significantly higher earnings compared to Euro 2016 but expects to allocate a record amount of money for countries that do not make it into the tournament. This sum amounts to an astonishing 1.19 billion euros, while only 645 million euros were allocated from Euro