The Croatian national football team has the opportunity to secure direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship with a victory against Armenia in Maksimir on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. A good result could also earn a lucrative sum for the Croatian Football Association, as Uefa published data on the distribution of the budget and potential earnings for the national teams at the Euros in Germany. Croatia stands to earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the big competition.
Interestingly, Uefa did not increase the prize pool (331 million euros) compared to the previous edition of the Euros, but the budget is 30 million more profitable than at Euro 2016 in France. Uefa revealed that it expects 1.7 billion euros in earnings from the European Championship in Germany, which is 600 million more than the previous Euro held in 2021.
However, comparisons with the last Euro are not so valid because that edition of the tournament was held in special circumstances due to the corona virus pandemic, and the competition was organized in several countries, unlike the next edition, which will be played only in Germany. Uefa predicts much higher earnings in relation to Euro 2016, which was held in France, but will allocate a record amount for countries that will not secure a place in the big competition: a sum of as much as 1.19 billion euros, while 645 million euros were allocated from the last Euro.