The Croatian national football team has the chance to secure direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship with a win against Armenia in the upcoming match. This game, set to take place at Maksimir Stadium on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m., could be quite lucrative for the Croatian Football Association. In fact, data from Uefa reveals that a good result could earn them a significant sum of money. According to Uefa’s budget and potential earnings data for national teams at the Euros in Germany, Croatia stands to earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament.
Interestingly, Uefa has not increased the prize pool for this edition of the Euros, which is 331 million euros compared to 2016 in France. However, the budget is now 30 million more profitable than it was during that time period. Uefa predicts a total revenue of 1.7 billion euros from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, which is an increase of 600 million euros compared to Euro 2021. While comparisons with previous editions may be less valid due to circumstances surrounding the last Euro, held during a pandemic and organized across multiple countries, it is important to note that this year’s edition will be held exclusively in Germany.
Uefa also expects significantly higher earnings compared to Euro 2016 but has allocated a record amount for countries that do not secure a place in the tournament. This amount amounts to an astonishing 1.19 billion euros while only 645 million euros were allocated from Euro 2016.
Overall, winning against Armenia will be crucial for Croatia’s chances of qualifying directly for the 2024 European Championship and earning a substantial sum of money through their participation in this prestigious tournament.