The Croatian national football team is on the verge of securing direct qualification to the 2024 European Championship with a victory against Armenia in a crucial match scheduled for Tuesday at 8:45 p.m. in Maksimir. This game presents a lucrative opportunity for the Croatian Football Association, as a successful outcome could bring them significant financial gains.
According to Uefa’s data on Euros earnings, Croatia stands to earn 9.25 million euros just by qualifying for the tournament. However, it’s worth noting that Uefa has not increased the overall prize pool, which remains at 331 million euros compared to Euro 2016 in France. Nevertheless, this year’s edition promises to be more profitable than the previous one, with Uefa anticipating earnings of 1.7 billion euros from the 2024 European Championship in Germany, an increase of 600 million euros from Euro 2021.
It’s important to keep in mind that the circumstances surrounding the last Euro were unique due to the COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on various countries hosting matches. Therefore, comparisons between this year and previous editions may not be entirely accurate. Despite these challenges, Uefa has allocated a record amount for countries that don’t secure a place in the European Championship – €1.19 billion – which represents an increase of €545 million compared to Euro 2016’s allocation of €645 million.
In conclusion, while there are no significant changes in terms of prize pool distribution or allocation for non-qualified countries, Croatia still has an excellent opportunity to secure financial gains by winning their upcoming match against Armenia and qualifying for Europe’s premier football tournament in Germany next year.