The Croatian national football team has the chance to secure direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship by defeating Armenia in their upcoming match at Maksimir stadium on Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. This game could be quite profitable for the Croatian Football Association as a successful outcome could result in significant earnings. In fact, data from Uefa shows that Croatia can earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament.
Despite this, it’s important to note that Uefa has not increased the prize pool, which stands at 331 million euros, compared to the previous edition of the Euros in Germany. However, there is a 30 million increase in budget compared to Euro 2016 in France. The organization predicts earnings of 1.7 billion euros from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, which is an increase of 600 million euros from the previous edition held during the coronavirus pandemic and organized across several countries.
Interestingly, Uefa has also revealed its expectation of higher earnings than Euro 2016 despite not increasing the prize pool significantly. Additionally, they have allocated a record amount of money for countries that don’t secure a place in the European Championship, amounting to 1.19 billion euros while only 645 million was allocated from Euro 2016.