First of all thank you for your input. Secondly, I admire your commitment for playing in 2055. I might like to do that as well.
I have improved my club as well in the 5 years I was running it and except for building a new stadium which they wouldn't allow all other options were eventually allowed and I had no more options available to expand the club's facilities. I think that at certain point the club has enough scouts and will not expand any further. The same for all the other staff I imagine. Because my scouts were unable to find any good players left, especially the ones with a good ratio of scouting them early so to buy cheap and sell high, my money dried up as well. As for signing players for free I always had to do that and was quite succesful, but as I mentioned these options dried up because as below mentioned by Afced7, maybe this has to do with my team getting better and relative to it's quality the less players become available. Young players by which I mean younger than 30 preferably around 25 with a 3.5 star recommendation became extinct, which is weird of course since they don't suddenly all stop playing.
I also leave all the scouting to my staff, but what are good scouts? I myself highered all scouting staff that have a 16 or higher in terms of judging actual quality or judging potential quality and I don't really look at their reputation, do you? Why did it start snowballing for you when you start to qualify for continental cups? Does that increase the range your scouts are able to discover players or vice versa so that more clubs, especially international ones discover your players?
As for my database I always pick advanced configuration for my club which is Feyenoord and select the big database. It always advices 5 leagues and that's what I've always done, but you now suggest that I literally select all the leagues that I can find, even ones that have no league to speak of and will never provide a player that's interesting for a club as Feyenoord? Doesn't your game/ PC get very slow?
To provide a bit of context as well; I've been playing Football Manager since it first started but I've always been primarly interested in managing the club Feyenoord, I just want to make it the best club ever, best facilities, best staff and very rich of course. Since the options to grow evaporated I took another Job after 5 years finally, but I much rather continued to grow Feyenoord.
As I mentioned I always set up my game as recommended, but at your suggestion I'm willing to select a lot more leagues if that will improve the availability of players to scout so that I discover a lot more players that will make a good deal and/or I'm able to sign a lot more good players that are free.
Please let me know your thoughts at your earliest convenience.