The Croatian national football team has a golden opportunity to secure direct qualification for the 2024 European Championship by defeating Armenia in their upcoming match at Maksimir Stadium on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. This contest could be highly profitable for the Croatian Football Association, with a favorable outcome potentially earning them a substantial sum of money. In fact, Uefa has disclosed data 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.
Although Uefa has not increased its prize pool from the previous edition of the Euros in France, which was valued at 331 million euros, the organization expects to generate a record-breaking 1.7 billion euros in revenue from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, which is an astonishing increase of 600 million euros compared to Euro 2021. Despite some uncertainties caused by Covid-19 during the last tournament, which was held across multiple countries, this upcoming edition will take place entirely in Germany.
Uefa is predicting significantly higher earnings compared to Euro 2016, which was held in France. However, it is also allocating an unprecedented amount of money to countries that fail to qualify for the European Championship. This enormous sum amounts to approximately 1.19 billion euros, whereas only 645 million euros were distributed from Euro 2016.