The Royal Spanish Athletics Federation is the governing body for the sport of athletics in Spain. Contents. [hide]. 1 History; 2 Kit suppliers; 3 See also; 4 References; 5 External links. History. This article may be confusing or unclear to readers. Please help us clarify the article. There might be a discussion about this on. Athletic Club, also commonly known as Athletic Bilbao is a professional football club, based in Bilbao, Basque Country, Spain. They are known as Los Leones ( The Lions) because their stadium was built near a church called San Mamés ( Saint Mammes). Mammes was an early Christian thrown to the lions by the Romans. Translation of athletic at Merriam-Webster's Spanish-English Dictionary. Audio pronunciations, verb conjugations, quizzes and more.