The Croatian national football team has the opportunity to directly qualify for the 2024 European Championship by defeating Armenia in a match scheduled to take place at Maksimir on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. This game could be quite lucrative for the Croatian Football Association, as a good outcome could result in significant earnings. According to data released by Uefa, Croatia stands to earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament.
Despite an increase in the number of teams participating in the tournament, Uefa has not increased the prize pool, which remains at 331 million euros compared to Euro 2016 in France. However, there has been a 30 million increase in the budget for national teams at Euros 2024 compared to Euros 2016. Uefa expects to generate over 1.7 billion euros in earnings from the upcoming tournament in Germany, which is a significant increase over Euros 2016 and Euros 2018 combined. It’s important to note that comparisons with previous editions may not be entirely accurate due to the unique circumstances surrounding Euros 2016 and Euros 2018 being held during a pandemic and across multiple countries.
In addition, Uefa has predicted significantly higher earnings compared to Euros 2016 but also allocated a record amount of funds for countries that do not qualify for the European Championship. This sum amounts to approximately €1.19 billion euros, while €645 million was allocated from Euros 2016 alone.